February 18, 2011

Bishop-designate Coyne to be ordained on
March 2

Criterion Staff report

Father Christopher J. CoyneFather Christopher J. Coyne, a priest for the Archdiocese of Boston, will be ordained auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on March 2 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Indianapolis.

Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein will ordain the new bishop. Bishop Paul D. Etienne of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Bishop Richard G. Lennon of Cleveland will be the co-ordaining bishops.

The Mass will begin at 2 p.m. Doors to the historic St. John the Evangelist Church, 126 W. Georgia St., will open to the public at 12:30 p.m.

More than 400 bishops, priests and invited guests from across the country are expected to attend the ordination. There will be between 300 and 400 seats available for the general public on a first-come, first-served basis. The overflow crowd will be directed across the street to the 500 Ballroom of the Indiana Convention Center, where the Mass will be simulcast for viewing only. A reception following the Mass, which is open to the public, will be held in the 500 Ballroom.

No parking will be available at the church. People attending the Mass will need to use the surrounding parking garages. A map of the downtown parking garages can be found on the Indiana Convention and Visitors Association website at www.visitindy.com/web_files/map/DTParkMap_c040909.pdf.

Bishop-designate Coyne, 52, who was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on Jan. 14 by Pope Benedict XVI, will become only the third auxiliary bishop for the archdiocese in its 177-year history.

As auxiliary bishop, Bishop-designate Coyne will assist Archbishop Buechlein in fulfilling the responsibilities of leading the Church in central and southern Indiana.

The Feb. 25 edition of The Criterion will include a special supplement about Bishop-designate Coyne and the upcoming ordination. †

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