WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Auxiliary Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Indianapolis, 56, as bishop of Burlington, Vermont.
The appointment was publicized in Washington, December 22 by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Christopher Coyne was born June 17, 1958 in Woburn, Massachusetts. 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.
He was parochial vicar of St. Mary of the Hills in Milton, Massachusetts, from 1986-1989; a faculty member of St. John Seminary in Brighton from 1995-2002 and archdiocesan spokesperson 2002-05. He served as pastor of Our Lady of Help of Christians in Newton, Massachusetts, from 2005-2006 and as pastor of St. Margaret Mary in Westwood, Massachusetts, from 2006-2011. Appointed auxiliary bishop of Indianapolis, he was ordained a bishop on March 2, 2011. He served as apostolic administrator for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis from 2011-2012.
Bishop Coyne is chairman-elect and a member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Communications.
The Diocese of Burlington, Vermont, has been a vacant see since November 2013, when then-Bishop Salvatore R. Matano was named Bishop of Rochester, New York.
The Diocese of Burlington covers 9,135 square miles in the state of Vermont. It has a total population of 625,000 of which 117,000, or 19 percent, are Catholic.
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