Assignment Record– Rev. Charles G. "Charley" Coyle, S.J.

Summary of case: A New Orleans native, Charles G. Coyle was ordained a Jesuit priest of the Maryland Province in 1965. He went on to work in Boston MA, Houston TX, Mobile AL, and New Orleans LA. Coyle was deeply involved with youth as an educator, chaplain and and counselor. In April 2002 he was suspended from ministry after an accusation emerged that he had sexually abused a boy from a MA public high school where he was a guidance counselor in the early 1970s. This accuser said that another boy from his school lived with Coyle and later committed suicide. In 2003 Coyle was again accused, this time of sexually abusing a boy in the mid-1960s, beginning when the boy was 15 years-old and Coyle was a seminarian in Baltimore. He is last known to have been living in New Orleans. Coyle died July 1, 2015.

Ordained: 1965
Died: July 1, 2015

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes

early 1960s

New Orleans archbishop was Joseph Francis Rummel (1935-1964). He was succeeded by John Patrick Cody (1964-1965).

  Jesuit High School New Orleans LA teacher; seminarian  


Baltimore archbishop was Lawrence Joseph Shehan (1961-1974).

1967 Woodstock College


Coyle was accused in a 2003 lawsuit of the sexual abuse of a boy beginning in the mid-1960s when the boy was15 years-old and Coyle was a seminarian at Woodstock. His accuser said his last "sexual encounter" with Coyle was in 1973, in Massachusetts.

MD This was a Jesuit seminary.


Boston archbishop was Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).

1969 Boston College Newton
MA graduate studies in Counseling Psychology  
1969 1972 Newton South High School


Coyle was accused of molesting a Newton South High School student in the early 1970s.

A second Newton South student was said to have lived with Coyle and later committed suicide.


guidance counselor


Coyle is indexed in the Directories as at 855 Centre St. in Newton, but he is not listed in the Boston archdiocesan pages.
1969   City of Newton Drug Education Newton MA Coordinator, appointed in 1969  
1969   College of the Sacred Heart Newton MA Chaplain  
1971   Project Concern Newton MA Founder and Director This was a school program for alienated youth.
1973   Mayor's Health Advisory Commission Newton MA member Per his obituary, Coyle became Special Counsel and speechwriter for Newton Mayor Ted Mann.
1973   Newton Youth Commission Newton MA Chairman  
1971 1977   Newton (Waban) MA   Coyle is indexed in the Directories as at 30 Coyne Rd., Waban, MA, but is not listed in the Boston archdiocesan pages. Waban is a Newton neighborhood.
1975   Freeport Inc.     board member This was a residential youth center.


Galveston-Houston bishop was John Louis Morkovsky (1975-1984).

1978 Strake Jesuit Preparatory, Inc. Houston
TX Listed among 16 priests. School had 598 students, all male.


Mobile bishop was John Lawrence May (1969-1980).

1979 Spring Hill College Mobile AL   Springhill was a Jesuit coed college, with 904 students.
1979 1980     ?   Coyle is not indexed in the 1980 Directory.


New Orleans archbishop was Philip Matthew Hannan (1965-1988).

1982 St. Louise De Marillac


LA 2/2 St. Louise De Marillac had a school with 600 students.
1982 1983 St. Andrew the Apostle New Orleans LA 3/3 St. Andrew's had a school with 806 students.
1983 1985 Louisiana Center of Jesus the Lord New Orleans
LA 2/2 The Center is described on its website in 2007 as "a Catholic Charismatic Church and a retreat and meeting center."
1985 1988? St. Cecilia's New Orleans
LA 2/2, 2/3 St. Cecilia's had a school with 254-232 students.
mid-1980s   Holy Cross High School New Orleans LA chaplain This assignment is per news reports.
mid-1980s   Tulane University New Orleans LA chaplain This assignment is per news reports.
1988 1991         Coyle is not indexed in the 1989-1991 Directories.


Atlanta archbishop was James Patterson Lyke, o.f.m. (1991-1992).

1995 Ignatius House Atlanta
GA   Ignatius House was a retreat house.


Fort Worth bishop was Joseph Patrick Delaney (1981-2005).

1998 Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House Lake Dallas TX 4/5

Third of three associate directors.
Coyle is not indexed beyond the 1998 Directory.


New Orleans archbishop was Francis Bible Schulte (1988-2002), followed by Alfred Clifton Hughes (2002-2009). Gregory Michael Aymond replaced Hughes (2009-).

2002   New Orleans LA "personal evangelization,"fill- in priest, preached at local retreats or missions

Coyle was quietly suspended from ministry by New Orleans archbishop Hughes on April 4, 2002, after the Jesuits informed him that Coyle was accused of the sexual abuse of a high school student in Newton MA in the early 1970s. The suspension wasn't announced until later in the month when Coyle's accuser filed suit. Per 2002 news reports, Coyle was living in a condo in an upscale area of New Orleans.

A new allegation surfaced in 2003 that Coyle sexually abused a minor while a seminarian in Baltimore.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1965-1998).

4 Lawsuits Filed Alleging Abuse by Jesuit Priests Charges Involve Events from '70s, By Michael Rezendes and Stephen Kurkjian, Boston Globe, April 19, 2002
Hughes Discloses Suspension of Priest, Jesuit Accused of Molesting Youth in Massachusetts 30 Years Ago, By Bruce Nolan,
The Times-Picayune [New Orleans, LA], April 20, 2002
Redemptorist Priest Accused of Sex Abuse in Lafayette, Hughes Suspends Cleric, Who Now Works in N.O., By Gwen Filosa,
The Times-Picayune [New Orleans, LA], April 28, 2002
The Accused, USA Today, November 11, 2002
Ousted Priest Faces Another Accuser Complainant, Abuse Started in the 1960s, By Bruce Nolan, The Times-Picayune [New Orleans, LA], November 11, 2003
The Missing Names from Cardinal O’Malley’s List of Accused Clerics, The Boston Globe, November 20, 2011
Charles G. Coyle, III, S.J. Obituary, New Orleans Advocate, July 11, 2015

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