A Westwood pastor has been elevated by Pope Benedict XVI to a new post as auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
The Rev. Christopher J. Coyne, who served the Archdiocese of Boston as a spokesman during the height of the multiple investigations into abuse of children by priests, has most recently been assigned to Saint Margaret Mary parish in Westwood.
Bishop-elect Coyne has served as a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston for almost 25 years, and during this time he has continued to demonstrate tremendous skill as a pastor and leader within the Archdiocese, Cardinal Sean P. OMalley said in a statement this morning.
Coyne, 52, is a Woburn native who was ordained in Boston in 1986. He is a graduate of UMass-Lowell and has masters in divinity from St. John Seminary in Brighton. His area assignments have included the St. Mary of the Hills in Milton, the faculty of St. Johns and archdiocesan spokesman between 2002 and 2005.
He also writes a blog on the church's website.