Archbishop Broglio ordained two new bishops in a solemn Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Monday, March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. Bishop William (Bill) Muhm and Bishop Joseph L. Coffey will replace Auxiliary Bishops Richard B. Higgins, who is retiring this year, and Robert J. Coyle, who was transferred last year as an Auxiliary to the diocese of Rockville Centre, NY.
Bishop William (Bill) Muhm
Bishop Muhm was originally commissioned an Ensign in the Navy Supply Corps. After release from active duty, he worked as an accountant before entering the minor seminary for the Archdiocese of New York, under the Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program, a vocations partnership between the AMS and participating U.S. dioceses and religious communities.
He graduated from St. Joseph’s Seminary and was ordained a priest in 1995. He served in the Archdiocese of New York at parishes in Ossining and Staten Island, becoming a Navy Reserve Chaplain until 1998, when he returned to active duty as a navy chaplain. He retired from the Navy on May 1, 2018. Read Bishop Muhm’s full bio.
Bishop Joseph L. Coffey
Bishop-elect Joseph L. Coffey graduated from La Salle University in 1982 with a double major in English/French. Heeding a call to the priesthood, he attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and was ordained in 1996. While still in seminary, Father Coffey was given permission to enter the U.S. Navy Chaplain Candidate Program in May of 1992 with the rank of Ensign. He stayed in the Navy Reserve for the next nine years.
Following ordination in 1996, and after five years in parish ministry, he was given permission for full-time active duty as a Navy Chaplain in September of 2001. Read Bishop Coffey’s full bio.