Bishop Robert J. Coyle blesses the congregation attending his episcopal ordination as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, April 25, 2013. (CNS file photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec)
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, issued the following statement after the Holy See announced the transfer of Auxiliary Bishop Robert J. Coyle to Bishop Coyle’s home diocese of Rockville Centre.
Archbishop Broglio said:
“I am deeply grateful to Bishop Coyle for the selfless ministry that has been his since I ordained him to the episcopacy on 25 April 2013. At great personal sacrifice, he lived far from his parents and familiar surroundings on Long Island and tirelessly took up the pilgrim’s staff to minister to the men and women in uniform and their families.
“I know that he will offer the same generous service to Bishop John Barres and to the faithful of his native Rockville Centre. He returns to them enriched by his ministry to a flock stationed in half of the continental United States. He will continue to be in my prayers and I am counting on his for the noble people who make up this archdiocese.”
Bishop Coyle served as Archbishop Broglio’s Episcopal Vicar for the Eastern Vicariate of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. Bishop Coyle issued the following message to the flock he has served for five years:
“Today I express my gratitude to Almighty God for the privilege to have served the people of the Archdiocese of the Military Services.
“I thank you for your warm welcome and hospitality at the bases I have visited over the years. Your faith always inspires me. I will cherish these memories.
“I especially give thanks for Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio and his dedicated leadership. I am very grateful to have served him as an auxiliary bishop.
“As I begin a new chapter in my service as a bishop, I will always give thanks for the joy to have served as a Navy chaplain and auxiliary bishop with the military family.
“May God bless you and watch over you.”
Archbishop Broglio will oversee the pastoral care for the Eastern Vicariate until other arrangements can be made. The Most Reverend Richard B. Higgins, Archbishop Broglio’s Episcopal Vicar for Veterans Affairs, is assisting the Archbishop in fulfilling some of the pastoral visits already scheduled in the Eastern Vicariate.