Christopher J. Coyne

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This article is about the Roman Catholic Bishop. For the Professor of Economics, see Christopher Coyne (professor).
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Most Reverend
Christopher Coyne
Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis
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Most Rev. Christopher Coyne standing with a student during the dedication ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic School in September 2012.
Church Roman Catholic
Archdiocese Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis
See Mopta (titular); Indianapolis (auxiliary)
In office 2011 - present
Ordination 7 June 1986
Consecration 2 March 2011
by Archbishop Daniel Buechlein
Personal details
Born (1958-06-17) 17 June 1958 (age 56)
Woburn, Massachusetts
Styles of
Christopher Coyne
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop
Posthumous style not applicable

Bishop Christopher J. Coyne (b. June 17, 1958) is the Auxiliary Bishop and former Apostolic Administrator of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis, based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Bishop Coyne was born in Woburn, Massachusetts and ordained in 1986. He earned a bachelor's degree from UMass Lowell and earned a master's of divinity from St. John's Seminary in Brighton. He also has a doctorate in liturgy from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in Rome.

Bishop Coyne was a professor of Sacred Liturgy and Homiletics, as well as director of the Pre-Theology Program at St. John's Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts. He also served as Archdiocesan Director for the Office of Worship as well as Cabinet Secretary for Communications and Archdiocesan Spokesman for the Archdiocese of Boston. For four years Coyne was Pastor of Saint Margaret Mary Parish in Westwood, Massachusetts.[1]

In January 2011, Pope Benedict XVI named Coyne Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. On March 2, 2011, Coyne was ordained a bishop in St. John the Evangelist Church in Indianapolis. He is the first auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis since 1933.[2]

Bishop Coyne was appointed the Apostolic Administrator by Pope Benedict XVI, on September 21, 2011, upon the early retirement of Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein on grounds of ill health.[3] He served as Apostolic Administrator until the installation of Archbishop Joseph William Tobin, C.SS.R., until then the Titular Archbishop of Obba and the Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (the Congregation for Religious), as the next Metropolitan Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

Bishop Coyne currently blogs and posts daily on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. ^ Pope names Father Christopher Coyne auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis
  2. ^ "Witness the Mystery"
  3. ^ "Most Reverend Daniel M. Buechlein, Archbishop of Indianapolis, granted early retirement by Pope Benedict XVI"

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