February 2, 2018

Archbishop left a legacy of witness and work, says Bishop Coyne

Bishop Christopher J. Coyne“Within a few weeks of my arrival, Archbishop Daniel [M. Buechlein] suffered the debilitating stroke that would conclude his active ministry, so I never had the chance to work closely with him at length.

“Yet over my year as apostolic administrator of the archdiocese, I came to discover often how greatly admired and loved Archbishop Buechlein was by so many of his clergy and people.

“Just as it was then, the legacy of the good example and firm foundation he had in the archdiocese over his 19 years as its shepherd remains strong today, both in God’s good people of central and southern Indiana, and in their new pastor, Archbishop [Charles C.] Thompson, for whom this is the loss of an especially beloved father and mentor.

“May Archbishop Daniel rest in peace, and may his witness and work inspire our own efforts to ‘seek the face of the Lord’ and share him with others.”

Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Burlington, Vt., who was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on Jan. 14, 2011, and served as its apostolic administrator from Sept. 21, 2011-Dec. 3, 2012. He was appointed bishop of Burlington on Dec. 22, 2014. †

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