Pope Appoints Bishop Coyne of Indianapolis to Diocese of Burlington, VT; Tekton Ministries Catholic Media Wishes Bishop Coyne all the Best in His New Appointment

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Tekton Ministries, a Catholic pilgrimage provider for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, announces that after recently being named co-chair of the Committee on Communications for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Bishop Christopher Coyne of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis will be moving back New England, having been appointed by Pope Francis as the new bishop of Burlington, VT.

Bishop Christopher Coyne

Personally, I could not be happier to be assigned here and look forward to returning to my native New England.

Pope Francis has nominated Auxiliary Bishop of Indianapolis Christopher James Coyne, as the new Bishop of Burlington, Vermont.

Originally a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston, Bishop Coyne, was born on June 17, 1958 in Woburn, Massachusett. He earned a BA in Business Administration from the University of Lowell in 1980. He entered St. John Seminary in Brighton MA in the fall of 1981 and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Boston in June, 1986. Eight years later, he returned to the seminary, this time appointed to the faculty, all according to the Vatican website.

In 2002, Bishop Coyne was asked to take on the role of media spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Boston during a turbulent time in archdiocesan history. He was subsequently named Cabinet Secretary for Communications in May of that year. He served as cabinet secretary and media spokesperson through May of 2005.

Bishop Coyne was named auxiliary bishop of Indianapolis on January 14, 2011 and was later appointed as the Apostolic Administrator for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. This position he held until Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin was installed on December 3, 2014.

Having served on numerous committees for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Coyne was most recently named co-chair of the Committee on Communications.

“I am grateful to Pope Francis for his confidence in me in appointing me to Burlington. Personally, I could not be happier to be assigned here and look forward to returning to my native New England,” Bishop Coyne said in a news release from the Diocese of Burlington.

Tekton Ministries wishes Bishop Coyne all the best in his new appointment and looks forward to the great work to be accomplished in the Diocese of Burlington.

According to the Diocese of Burlington, Bishop Coyne will formally be installed as Bishop of Vermont’s 118,000 Catholics on Thursday, January 29, 2015, at 2:00 PM, with a Solemn Mass of Installation in Saint Joseph Co-Cathedral.

For more information, contact Tekton Ministries at info(at)tektonministries(dot)org or visit their website at http://www.tektonministries.org.

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