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Diocese of Rockville Centre


ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y., October 22, 2008 – The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre has announced that Pope Benedict XVI has conferred the title of “Monsignor” at the level of Chaplain to His Holiness upon Father Robert J. Coyle.  Reverend Monsignor Coyle, 44, is currently serving as command chaplain with the United States Navy aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, a U.S. aircraft carrier based out of Norfolk, VA. 

Rev. Msgr. CoyleThe honorary title of “Monsignor” is given to a Roman Catholic priest as a sign of appreciation and recognition of the service they have rendered, both locally and in the world.

While on active duty, Rev. Msgr. Coyle has served overseas in Okinawa with Marines in the 3rd Marine Division and on the USS Harry S. Truman deployed for missions Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.  He has completed three major deployments at sea.  Rev. Msgr. Coyle served as command chaplain at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y. 

“I am very humbled by this honor,” Rev. Msgr. Coyle.  “Reminds me of the many priests who have shaped my life, especially the late Msgr. James Collins of St. Dominic’s, Oyster Bay.  “It is also a recognition for the military community and the wonderful mission of the Military Archdiocese.  I still can’t believe it.  I am ever grateful to Bishop Murphy.  He is a great gift to me and the church on Long Island.  It is also special that I received this honor from the Holy Father.  He is very supportive of all who serve in uniform,” Rev. Msgr. Coyle said.

Rev. Msgr.Coyle was born in Brooklyn and has one sister.  His home parish was Holy Name of Jesus, Woodbury, N.Y.  He graduated from St. Edward the Confessor Elementary School in Syosset, N.Y., and then St. Mary’s Boys High School in Manhasset, N.Y.  Rev. Msgr. Coyle earned a B.A. degree in economics from Fordham University in 1986. 

Rev. Msgr. Coyle was ordained by Bishop John R. McGann in May 1991. Rev. Msgr. Coyle holds a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degree in theology from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, N.Y.  After eight years of parish ministry, St Dominic parish, Oyster Bay (1991-1996) and St. Patrick parish, Glen Cove (1996-1999), he was recalled to active duty.

Personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards) and several personal awards and unit citations. 

Rev. Msgr. Coyle’s personal interests include American history.  His parents Robert and Kathryn Coyle reside in Cold Spring Hills, N.Y. and his sister Kathy resides in Albertson, N.Y. 


Sean P. Dolan
Diocese of Rockville Centre
516-678-5800, ext. 625
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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre ( was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 2.8 million).  There are 134 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 18,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 19,000 first communions and 4,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are approximately 22,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese.  There are also 120,189 total students in religious