Let us remember a Holy Priest Killed in the Line of Duty!
Father James E. Coyle Memorial Mass
Friday August 9, 2019 at 12:10 P.M.
Cathedral of St. Paul · 2120 3rd Ave. North, Birmingham
Reception and Special Greetings by
Edie Hand, Mark Sims-Film Producers-Pursuit of Justice.
Sharon Davies, author of Rising Road and
Patsy Riley, former First Lady of Alabama
205.447.8796 · www.fathercoyle.org
"Father Coyle was a martyr to duty"
The Rt. Rev. Edward Allen, Bishop of Mobile – 8/12/1921
On August 11, 1921, Father Coyle was shot and fatally wounded as he sat in the swing on his rectory front porch by an enraged minister whose daughter’s marriage to a dark-skinned Puerto Rican Father Coyle had presided over less than two hours before he was shot. He died forty minutes later in the operating room at St. Vincent’s Hospital. His funeral was one of the largest ever held in the history of Birmingham. The shooter, who was also a Klansman, was found not guilty in a trial held two months later. The trial was a travesty of justice. Let us honor the life and legacy of Father James E. Coyle by uniting together at Mass in memoriam.