WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is celebrating the silver jubilee of two prominent priestly ordinations. Auxiliary BishopRobert J. Coyle was ordained a priest on May 25, 1991, at St. Agnes Cathedral in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y. Monsignor John J.M. Foster, J.C.D., Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, was ordained a priest June 29, 1991, at theCathedral of the Annunciation in the Diocese of Stockton, Calif.
Bishop Coyle was ordained an auxiliary bishop for the AMS on April 25, 2013. He currently serves as Episcopal Vicar for the Eastern Region of the United States (from the East Coast to the Mississippi River). Msgr. Foster assumed duties as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia on July 1, 2013. Both serve under the auspices of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services.
Archbishop Broglio said:
“I join Bishop Coyle, Msgr. Foster, and everyone in the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, in giving thanks to Almighty God, who called these men and nurtured their vocations. So many graces have been received and shared through their ministry. The Lord has blessed all of us with their generous, self-sacrificing ministry.”
Bishop Coyle, a retired U.S. Navy chaplain, remarked:
“The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, has shaped my life since my days at university and seminary training. I am grateful for the many experiences I had as a chaplain candidate and as a reserve and active duty Navy chaplain. Now, it is a great honor to serve our Archbishop as an auxiliary bishop to bring the presence of Christ to our military family.”
Msgr. Foster, a canon lawyer, said:
“The past twenty-five years of ministry as a priest of Jesus Christ has been a time of grace. I am grateful to God for the Christian faithful in the Diocese of Stockton and in the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, with whom I have been a fellow disciple of the risen Lord. It has been an extraordinary privilege the last three years to minister under the leadership of Archbishop Broglio in service to the men and women in the Armed Forces of the United States and in VA medical centers as well as the chaplains who minister to them.”