Christopher J. Coyne was born June 17, 1958 in Woburn, Massachusetts ("the city of priests" according to Humberto Cardinal Medeiros, Archbishop of Boston (1970-1983)). He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston on June 7, 1986. He holds a bachelor’s from the University of Lowell in Lowell, Massachusetts, a master’s of divinity from St. John Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, and a licentiate and a doctorate in liturgy from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute (St. Anselmo) in Rome.
Pope Benedict XVI named Rev. Christopher J. Coyne, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on January 14, 2011. He served as auxiliary to Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, until he retired in September 2011. He was named apostolic administrator of the archdiocese by the pope until a permanent successor is named by the Vatican. Bishop Coyne is the first auxiliary the 250,000-member diocese has had since 1933.
He has hosted numerous television series for the CatholicTV Network including Sacred Time, the New England Emmy-nominated Sacred Space, and Worship, Architecture & the Arts. Bishop Coyne has appeared as a guest on other shows as well as the annual CatholicTV Telethon.
Bishop Coyne served as parochial vicar of St. Mary of the Hills in Milton, Massachusetts, before pursuing his studies in Rome. He served on the faculty of St. John Seminary in Brighton from 1995-2002 and was archdiocesan spokesperson from 2002-05. He served as pastor of Our Lady of Help of Christians in Newton, Massachusetts, from 2005-2006 and most recently as pastor of St. Margaret Mary in Westwood, Massachusetts.
Upon being named bishop, his ordinary, Archbishop of Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley said:
"It is with great joy that I received the news that our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI has named Fr. Christopher J. Coyne as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Indiana. Bishop-elect Coyne has served as a Priest of the Archdiocese of Boston for almost twenty-five years, and during this time he has continued to demonstrate tremendous skill as a pastor and leader within the Archdiocese. Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein is indeed blessed to receive one of Boston's finest priests.
Bishop Coyne has served the needs of the Archdiocese of Boston in many ways: as professor of Sacred Liturgy and Homiletics, as well as director of the Pre-Theology Program at St. John's Seminary, Brighton; as Archdiocesan Director for the Office of Worship as well as Cabinet Secretary for Communications and Archdiocesan Spokesman for the Archdiocese of Boston. And most recently as Pastor of Saint Margaret Mary Parish in Westwood, MA, Bishop-elect Coyne has continued to demonstrate the skills and abilities that led our Holy Father to recognize in him a good candidate for the office of Bishop.
I join my prayers to those of Archbishop Buechlein and the faithful of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, and I ask the faithful of the Archdiocese of Boston to join us in prayer for Bishop-elect Coyne."