POPE FRANCIS NAMES BISHOP CHRISTOPHER J. COYNE TO LEAD VERMONT’S CATHOLICS
BURLINGTON – At 6 a.m. Vermont time today – 12 p.m. Noon at the Vatican – Pope Francis appointed The Most Reverend Christopher James Coyne (@bishopcoyne), until now Auxiliary Bishop of Indianapolis, as Tenth Bishop of Burlington.
A Boston native, Bishop Coyne will formally be installed as pastor 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. The Pope’s ambassador to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, will be in attendance as the Holy Father’s personal representative.
“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.
The Catholic Church’s first blogging priest to become a bishop on his appointment by then-Pope Benedict XVI in 2011, Coyne is an internationally cited leader in the Faith’s “digital revolution.” Having kept a dedicated daily presence on both Facebook and Twitter to a current 10,000 followers, as well as producing a regular podcast, the bishop’s outreach has been featured on NBC’s Today Show and in the nationally broadcast coverage of the Indianapolis 500, at which he delivered the pre-race Invocation for the last three years. In November 2014, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops elected Bishop Coyne as the next chairman of the national church’s communications efforts, a three-year mandate which begins in 2015.
The middle of seven children born to a postal worker and parish secretary in Woburn, Mass., after graduating from the University of Lowell and working two years as a full-time bartender, Bishop Coyne attended seminary for five years and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston on June 7, 1986. While ministering in parishes for most of his years in Massachusetts, Bishop Chris additionally spent twelve years serving as a professor of liturgy at St. John’s Seminary, Brighton, and a number of years as the Archdiocesan Director of Worship and later Secretary for Communications.
From 2006 until his appointment to Indianapolis, Coyne was pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Westwood, Mass. He received his Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy from the Pontifical Athanaeum of Sant’ Anselmo in Rome in 1994.
Slated to preside at the Installation Mass as Metropolitan Archbishop of the Province of Boston is Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley O.F.M. Cap.
The Masses for Most Holy Trinity Parish are:
St. Theresa’s in Orleans at 4:00 pm Christmas Eve
St. Paul’s in Barton at 8:00 pm Christmas Eve
St. John Vianney in Irasburg 9:00 am Christmas Day
The Masses for Mater Dei Parish are:
St. James in Island Pond 4:00 pm Christmas Eve and 10:10 Christmas Day
St. Benedict in W. Charleston 8:00 pm Christmas Eve
St. Mary Star of the Sea in Newport 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm Christmas Eve
and 10:00 am and 7:00 pm Christmas Day
St. Edward’s in Derby Line 4:30 pm Christmas Eve and 8:30 am Christmas Day
If you know of a family in need of transportation, please assist them.
On Friday Nov. 21st, the Feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple, students were witnessing 4 baptisms and a first communion at the weekly school Mass.