Photo: New U.S. Bishop Robert J. Coyle, an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, blesses the congregation attending his episcopal ordination April 25 in the crypt church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. A priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, and a Navy commander and chaplain, Bishop Coyle will serve as the military archdiocese’s vicar for the eastern United States. (CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec)

On the Feast of St. Mark, April 25, The former pastor of Corpus Christi, Mineola, was ordained by Archbishop  Timothy Broglio to be an auxiliary bishop for the Acrhdiocese for Military Services (AMS).  A priest of our diocese who served in parishes in Glen Cove and Huntington before serving as a Navy Chaplain, then pastor in Mineola, Bishop Coyle asked Bishop Guglielmone of Charleston, a former priest of DRVC and me to be his co-consecrators.

The new Bishop’s parents, his sister and her husband were in the front row in the Crypt of the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. It was a beautiful and prayerful ceremony as some 20 bishops laid hands on the new bishop’s head.

In his remarks at the closing of the Mass, Bishop Coyle spoke in a moving way about his growing up here on Long Island, the priests and Sisters who inspired him and led him to discerning a vocation to priesthood and the joy and fulfillment he has experienced both as a priest of our diocese and as a priest serving the young men and women in the Armed Forces. The Bishop will be stationed in Charlotte, N.C., and have spiritual care of the military installations and VA hospitals of the eastern part of our country from the Atlantic to the Mississippi River.
The Archdiocese of the Military Services has the pastoral care of more than 2 million Catholics serving our country. The Archdiocese receives no funds from the U.S. government and, unlike territorial dioceses like ours, has no income from parishes or special collections or the like. Recently the U.S. bishops voted unanimously to authorize a collection once every three years in all the dioceses of the nation which will help fund the pastoral work of the priests, deacons and lay staff of the AMS who bring Christ to the brave men and women serving in the armed forces. We will have that collection this Fall for the first time. When it comes around I know you will be generous because it will be our way of providing for priests for our own who are serving their country with dedication, sacrifice and generosity.

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