On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, Bishop John Barres of Rockville Centre, New York announced the return of Bishop Robert Coyle to the Long Island diocese as an auxiliary. Bishop Coyle will assume his new ministry on April 2, 2018.
Prior to his recent appointment, Bishop Coyle served as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese for the U. S. Military Services. Bishop Coyle had a long career in the U. S. Navy beginning with his commission as an Ensign in 1988. In the news release Bishop Coyle commented: “I was originally ordained a priest here in 1991. I am very grateful to the Holy Father, Pope Francis for appointing me to serve the Church on Long Island. I look forward to assisting Bishop John Barres, Bishop of Rockville Centre, in our pursuit of Dramatic Missionary Growth on Long Island.”