My dear people of St. Mary’s:
Last week I wrote to you about the ordination of Bishop Robert J. Coyle, formerly a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, now an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese for the Military Services. This week I would like to share with you a little bit of his interesting background.
Born in Brooklyn, as a child he and his family lived for a time in Manhasset. His parents, Robert and Kathryn Coyle, currently live in Cold Spring Hills. Bishop Coyle was graduated from St. Edward the Confessor Elementary School, Syosset; St. Mary’s Boys High School, Manhasset; Fordham University, with a B.A. in Economics; and Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, with an M.A. in Theology and a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained a priest on May 25, 1991, for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, by Bishop John R. McGann.
Bishop Coyle was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy in 1988 and served nearly 25 years on active and reserve duty. During his years in the Naval Reserve, he served from 1991-6 at St. Dominic Church in Oyster Bay, and (just up the road from us) at St. Patrick’s Church in Glen Cove, from 1996-9.
On active duty from 1999 to 2009, he was first assigned to the 3rd Marine Division on Okinawa, Japan, during which time he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and deployed to Southeast Asia as Landing Force Chaplain. During a three-year assignment aboard the carrier USS Harry S. Truman, he deployed to the Middle East and served in Operation Southern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Later, assigned to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, he served as Assistant Command Chaplain before assuming duties as Command Chaplain. In 2005, Bishop Coyle was promoted to the rank of Commander, U.S. Navy. From 2007 to 2009, he served on the carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, and deployed to the Middle East for Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2008, he was named a Monsignor by Pope Benedict.
In August of 2009, Bishop Coyle separated from active duty, returned to reserve status, and began his most recent ministry as Pastor of Corpus Christi Church in Mineola. It was in February that Pope Benedict named him a new Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese for the Military Services. Let us pray for Bishop Coyle as he begins his new ministry to the men and women of our Armed Forces, and for all who serve us in the military.
Prayer of the Archdiocese for the Military Services
Almighty God and Father, look with love upon our men and women in uniform and protect them in their time of need. Give them health and stability and allow them to return to their loved ones whole and unshaken. Be with their families and sustain them in these uncertain times.
Grant strength and peace of mind to the Veterans who have given their best for the country they love. Support them in infirmity and in the fragility of old age. Teach us to remember their sacrifices and to express our gratitude.
Manifest your tender care to those in the Military Academies who prepare for future service and to those who serve our Nation far from home. Teach us to remember the sacrifices of those whose efforts contribute to ensuring our way of life. Bless and multiply the priests who minister to the faithful of the Archdiocese for the Military Services. Reward their generosity and keep them faithful.
Hear us as we present our prayers to You through Christ our Lord. Amen