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Concerning the present University of Vermont Medical Center policy regarding elective abortions

Concerning the present University of Vermont Medical Center policy regarding elective abortions

Mar 08 2018

On behalf of community members and University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) staff who have reached out to me personally, I ask…

Statement of Bishop Christopher Coyne on recent abortion decisions

Statement of Bishop Christopher Coyne on recent abortion decisions

Mar 02 2018

As Catholics, we believe abortion is gravely contrary to the moral law and that procured abortion is a moral evil. Over the…

Letter “Placuit Deo” To the Bishops of the Catholic Church On Certain Aspects of Christian Salvation

Letter “Placuit Deo” To the Bishops of the Catholic Church On Certain Aspects of Christian Salvation

Mar 01 2018

CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH Letter Placuit Deo To the Bishops of the Catholic Church On Certain Aspects of Christian…

Statement on the death of Bernard Cardinal Law

Statement on the death of Bernard Cardinal Law

Dec 20 2017

“As a bishop of the Province of Boston, I join Cardinal Seán O’Malley and the Archdiocese of Boston in prayer upon the…

 

About Bishop Coyne

Bishop of Burlington

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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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