ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – 30 June 2009 – The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, appointed Rev. Msgr. Robert Coyle pastor of Corpus Christi parish, Mineola, effective Sept. 8, 2009.
Msgr. Coyle is a decorated Navy chaplain and was a command chaplain aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, an aircraft carrier based out of Norfolk, VA. He has also served on the USS Harry Truman on deployment to the Persian Gulf, and as command chaplain at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. A naval reservist, after his ordination in 1991, Father Coyle was assigned to St. Dominic parish, Oyster Bay then St. Patrick parish, Glen Cove. He was an associate pastor before he was recalled to active duty in 1999. In 2008, he received papal honors and the title of “monsignor.”
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 133 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 88,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (12/08).
Sean P. Dolan
Diocese of Rockville Centre
516-678-5800, ext. 625