has transferred Auxiliary Bishop Robert J. Coyle of the Archdiocese for the
Military Services to the office of auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of
The appointment was
publicized in Washington on February 20, 2018, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre,
apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Bishop Coyle was born on September
23, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York. He received a bachelor of
arts degree in economics from Fordham University in 1986, and he attended the
Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, New York, earning a master
of divinity degree and master of arts degree in theology in 1991.
He was ordained to the
priesthood for the Diocese of Rockville Centre on May 25, 1991, by Bishop John
R. McGann at St. Agnes Cathedral.
Bishop Coyle was
commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy on June 3, 1988 and served 24.5 years
on Active and Reserve Duty before his retirement from the Naval Reserve on
January 1, 2013. As a Navy Reserve Chaplain, Fr. Coyle served as Associate
Pastor at St. Dominic Church in Oyster Bay, NY (1991-1996) and St. Patrick’s
Church in Glen Cove, NY (1996-1999). He served as a Navy Reserve Chaplain from 1991-1999,
and on Active Duty from 1999-2009. He was assigned to the 3rd Marine Division
on Okinawa, Japan, from 1999-2000, during which time he was promoted to
Lieutenant. He deployed to the Middle East (2000-2001) and served in Operation
Southern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2002-2003). In 2005, he was
promoted to the rank of Commander, U.S. Navy. From 2007 to 2009, he served on
the USS Dwight D. EISENHOWER (CVN69) Aircraft Carrier and deployed to the
Middle East in 2009 for Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2008, he was named by
Pope Benedict XVI a Chaplain to His Holiness, a recognition that carried the
honorary title of Monsignor.
On February 11, 2013,
Pope Benedict XVI named Msgr. Coyle auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese for the
Military Services. His episcopal ordination took place in the Basilica of the
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, DC, on the Feast of Saint Mark,
April 25, 2013.
The Diocese of Rockville
Centre, NY, comprises 1,198 square miles. It has a total population of 2,889,841
people of which 1,524,639, or 53 percent, are Catholic. Bishop John O.
Barres is currently the fifth bishop of Rockville Centre.
—Keywords: U.S. Conference of
Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Pope Francis, Archbishop Christophe
Pierre, apostolic nuncio,
Bishop Robert Coyle, Archdiocese for the Military Services, Diocese of
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