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Bishop of Burlington
Bishop Christopher J. Coyne was born on June 17, 1958, to Rita and the late William Coyne of Woburn, Massachusetts. A product of public education in his hometown, Bishop Coyne graduated from Woburn High School before enrolling in the University of Lowell where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. After graduating from the University of Lowell, he worked full-time for two years before entering St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts in 1981.
He was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Boston on June 7, 1986. He attended the Pontifical Athenaeum of Sant’Anselmo, Rome, where he was awarded a Licentiate degree in Sacred Liturgy in 1992, and later received a Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy in 1994 from that same College.
Bishop Coyne served as Parochial Vicar at St. Mary of the Hills Parish in Milton, Massachusetts, from 1986-1989. Between 1989-1994, Bishop Coyne pursued graduate studies in Rome, after which he returned to the Archdiocese of Boston where he served as Professor of Sacred Liturgy and Homiletics at St. John’s Seminary from 1994-2003 and as Adjunct Faculty from 2003-2006. During this same time, from 2000-2002, he also served as Director of the Office of Worship for the Archdiocese of Boston, in addition to serving as Secretary for Communications/Principal Spokesman for the Archdiocese from 2002-2005.
Following his service for the Archdiocesan Offices, Bishop Coyne was appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Help of Christians in Newton, Massachusetts in 2005 and from 2006-2011 served as Pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Westwood, Massachusetts.
Bishop Coyne was appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on January 13, 2011, where he also served as Apostolic Administrator from September 21, 2011 to December 3, 2012 and as Vicar General from March 2011 to January 2015. In October 2014, he was appointed Bishop for the Southern Region of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
On December 22, 2014, Bishop Coyne was appointed the 10th Bishop of Burlington by Pope Francis.
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