Rev. Fr. Patrick Joseph Coyne
Teacher / Missionary
During his many studies Fr. Coyne was awarded a B. A. in Latin plus Irish from U.C.D. prior to his mission to parishioners in Africa and America.
Patrick Joseph was born on February 21st, 1931 in Cloonrane, Ballindine, Claremorris, Co. Mayo.
Following his nation school education in Mayo he entered Blackrock College Junior Scholasticate from 1944 to 1947 for secondary studies. He attended the Novitiate in Kilshane, Co. Tipperary, he made his first Profession there on September 8th, 1950. At the time he studied and was awarded a B.A. in both Latin and Irish during 1953 from U. C. D. The following year he attained an H. Dip, in Education. He perfected at Willow Park during the years 1953 -1954. From 1954 to 1956 he studied Philosophy at Kimmage Manor followed by Theology from 1956 to 1960.
Patrick Joseph Coyne was Ordained on July 12th, 1959 then made his Consecration to the Apostolate on July 29th, 1960. Fr. Coyne’s first appointment was to Keyna in Africa. For the first ten years he taught at the Teacher Training College at Kilmambogo. The following ten years were spent at Githunguri Secondary School. He worked in the Catholic Bookshop in Nairobi for two years from 1974. During 1976 to 1977 he served as Bursar at St. Mary’s College in Nairobi.
U. S. A.
Fr. Coyne was appointed to the United States during 1978. He worked in the parishes of Belmont, San Jose, Bakerfield, also Los Altos in California until 1989. He was also appointed Director of Fund Raising. Fr. Coyne served as Bursar of the San Francisco Regional Community from 1997. During 2000 he celebrated his Golden Jubilee of Religious Profession.
Fr. Coyne’s demise occurred following a car accident on October 28th , 2004.