January 14, 2011

Statement by Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston

It is with great joy that I received the news that our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI has named Fr. Christopher J. Coyne as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Indiana.  Bishop-elect Coyne has served as a Priest of the Archdiocese of Boston for almost twenty-five years, and during this time he has continued to demonstrate tremendous skill as a pastor and leader within the Archdiocese.  Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein is indeed blessed to receive one of Boston’s finest priests.

Bishop-elect Coyne has served the needs of the Archdiocese of Boston in many ways:  as professor of Sacred Liturgy and Homiletics, as well as director of the Pre-Theology Program at St. John’s Seminary, Brighton; as Archdiocesan Director for the Office of Worship as well as Cabinet Secretary for Communications and Archdiocesan Spokesman for the Archdiocese of Boston.  And most recently as Pastor of Saint Margaret Mary Parish in Westwood, MA, Bishop-elect Coyne has continued to demonstrate the skills and abilities that led our Holy Father to recognize in him a good candidate for the office of Bishop.

I join my prayers to those of Archbishop Buechlein and the faithful of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, and I ask the faithful of the Archdiocese of Boston to join us in prayer for Bishop-elect Coyne.


(Click here for more coverage and photos of the appointment of Bishop-designate Christopher J. Coyne)

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