Bishop Robert J. Coyle was ordained a bishop through the invocation of the Holy Spirit and the imposition of hands by Archbishop Broglio on Thursday, April 25, 2013, the Feast of St. Mark, during a solemn Mass in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
As one of four auxiliaries to Archbishop Broglio, Bishop Coyle, 48, will serve the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) as Episcopal Vicar for the Eastern Half of the United States. He succeeds the late Bishop Joseph W. Estabrook, who died last year following a lengthy illness.
Archbishop Broglio celebrated the 2:00 p.m. (EDT) ordination Mass, with more than a dozen other bishops and dozens of priests concelebrating, including Bishops William Murphy of Rockville Centre, New York, the home diocese of the new bishop, and Robert Guglielmone, Bishop of Charleston, South Carolina, both of whom served as the co-consecrators. The Apostolic Nuncio,Carlo Maria Viganò and AMS Auxiliary Bishops Richard B. Higgins, Episcopal Vicar for Veterans Affairs, F. Richard Spencer, Episcopal Vicar for Europe and Asia, and Neal J. Buckon, Episcopal Vicar for the Western Half of the United States, also concelebrated.
- Read Archbishop Broglio’s homily on the AMS web site.
- Watch the video of Bishop Coyle’s ordination (external web site).