Bishop William Murphy’s Statement on the appointment of Msgr. Robert Coyle as a bishop:
Scroll down for Bishop-elect Coyle’s statement.
This morning at the 7:45 Mass here in the Cathedral of St. Agnes, I had the joy of announcing that the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has appointed Msgr. Robert Coyle, a priest of our Diocese and Pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in Mineola, as an auxiliary bishop to Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese of the Military. While this means that the Diocese of Rockville Centre will be losing a fine priest and a very dedicated pastor, we, priests and all the faithful of our Diocese, can take great pride that the Holy Father has turned to the Presbyterate of our Diocese to choose a bishop to serve the young men and women who defend our country and are true peacemakers around the world.
Msgr. Coyle was born in Brooklyn in 1964, the son of Robert and Kathryn Coyle. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop McGann in 1991 and served as an associate pastor first in St. Dominick, Oyster Bay and then in St. Patrick, Huntington. When I came to the Diocese in 2001, he was serving as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy, a position that brought him 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. He then served as chaplain to the young men and women studying at the Merchant Marine Academy in King’s Point. While assigned to the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Pope Benedict named him a chaplain of honor with the title of Monsignor in 2008 in recognition of his outstanding service caring for the spiritual needs of Catholics and others of all faiths in the U.S. Navy.
Four years ago, he elected to return to the Diocese and I was happy to welcome him home and appoint him as Pastor of Corpus Christi parish in Mineola. In these four years he has had to face many pastoral challenges and has done so with a pastor’s heart and with priestly zeal. The parish is composed of families who have been in Mineola for many generations, many of them of Portuguese extraction, plus more newly arrived from Latin America, Asia and Africa. He will be sorely missed and not easy to replace.
Yet as Bishop, it is with great pride in this my brother priest of this wonderful Diocese that I commend him to the Lord and to the protection of Mary, the Mother of Church as he undertakes this new mission of assisting Archbishop Broglio in the Military Archdiocese.
Bishop-Elect Coyle will be ordained a bishop by Archbishop Broglio at the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington D.C. on April 25, 2013.
Bishop-elect Coyle’s statement on his appointment
Good Morning. Thank you for being here today.
Today, I humbly accept the appointment to serve the people of God as an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of the Military Services, USA. I look forward to assisting Archbishop Timothy Broglio in service to the people of his vast archdiocese. Thank you to his Vicar General Msgr. Frank Pugliese, for being here today.
While entrusting this appointment to the will of God, I put my total trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and the mission of His Holy Catholic Church.
To Pope Benedict XVI, the Successor of Saint Peter, I pledge my total obedience and loyalty.
The Military Archdiocese has been an important part of my life since my days in college and throughout my seminary formation and priesthood. I served for over 24 years in the reserve and active components of the United States Navy. During this time, I have had a special devotion to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, patroness of the Sea Services. Two of her sons served in the United States Navy. She was a native New Yorker. I again seek her prayers.
Everyday, I especially pray for the intercession of the Blessed Mother, Mary. Our Lady knows me very well. I pray, I will not let her down serving Her Son in this new ministry.
On Long Island the Church is blessed by our local bishop. Bishop William Murphy is a great gift to the Church and to me as a parish priest. I thank him for his support, guidance and concern for me as my Most Reverend Father.
Thank you again for being here this morning. I ask for the prayers of my fellow Long Islanders. God bless you!