ROCKVILLE CENTRE – February 20, 2018 – Pope Francis today appointed Bishop Robert J. Coyle, 53, to serve as an auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org). Until today, Bishop Coyle was serving as Episcopal Vicar for the Eastern Half of the United States in the Archdiocese for the Military Services.
Bishop Coyle will begin serving the Diocese of Rockville Centre on April 2.
“I am extremely grateful to the Holy Father, Pope Francis for assigning us Bishop Coyle,” said Rockville Centre Bishop John O. Barres. “I am also truly grateful for Bishop Coyle’s pastoral service and for his leadership to the young men and women who defend our great country. Bishop Coyle will assist me and auxiliary bishops Robert Brennan and Andrzej Zglejszewski in the pastoral ministry of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.”
“Today, I humbly accept the appointment to serve the People of God on Long Island as auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of Rockville Centre,” said Bishop Coyle. “Years back there was a spirit campaign with the expression, ‘I’m a Long Islander and proud of it!’ I again can say that here as a native son I look forward to assisting Bishop John Barres, Bishop of Rockville Centre, in our pursuit of Dramatic Missionary Growth on Long Island.” Read Bishop Coyle’s complete statement here.
Pope Benedict XVI appointed then-Msgr. Coyle to serve as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of the Military in February 2013. At that time, Msgr. Coyle was serving as pastor of Corpus Christi parish in Mineola. The son of Robert and Kathyrn Coyle, Bishop Coyle was born in Brooklyn in 1964. Bishop Coyle graduated from St. Edward Confessor Elementary School, Syosset, St. Mary’s Boys High School, Manhasset, Fordham University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, with a Master of Divinity in 1991 and a Master of Arts degree in Theology in 1998. He was ordained to priesthood for the Diocese of Rockville Centre by Bishop John R. McGann in 1991. He then served as associate pastor of the parish of Saint Dominic, Oyster Bay and then at Saint Patrick, Glen Cove.
Bishop Coyle served 24.5 years on active reserve duty before his retirement from the Naval Reserve on January 1, 2013. Serving as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy brought Bishop Coyle to the Middle East to serve on an aircraft carrier and to Norfolk, Virginia, to care for the spiritual needs of sailors and their families.
During a three-year assignment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, Bishop Coyle deployed to the Middle East and served in Operation Southern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He then served as chaplain to the young men and women studying at the Merchant Marine Academy in King’s Point. Pope Benedict named him a chaplain of honor with the title of Monsignor in 2008 while he assigned to the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, in recognition of his outstanding service caring for the spiritual needs of Catholics and others of all faiths in the U.S. Navy.
As auxiliary bishop, Bishop Coyle will join Bishop Robert J. Brennan, Vicar General, and Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski in assisting Bishop Barres to serve the sacramental, spiritual and pastoral needs of the 1.4 million Catholics residing in Nassau and Suffolk counties.