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We are happy to offer these articles for your reading, concerning Father James E. Coyle and the circumstances concerning the times of his service to our Lord and his untimely death.

A Word About Father Coyle

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A Word About Father Coyle

A Birmingham Newspaper May 1904

“There goes one of the simplest, most natural and most scholarly men that ever preached the gospel in this town,”said a member of the Protestant communion yesterday as Father Coyle of St. Paul’s went striding by the Hillman.

“I had often remarked the man before I met him, and I had about made up my mind that he was a representative of what university men call ‘the spirit of aloofness’. His face seemed touched with an expression that was a compromise between the scholarly and the ascetic. His whole appearance suggested to me the cloister. Later, however, it was given to me to know him, and I found him to be one of the most direct, versatile, and many sided men of my acquaintance. He reminded me once more that Emerson was right when he said that the real scholar is simple, unaffected, readily accessible and fond of the human things in life.”

“Father Coyle is a native of Ireland, a graduate, I think of Dublin University* and, I know, of the American Colleges at Rome. But a poor fellow unlearned like me, can talk with him all afternoon and never even suspect that he is conversing with a superior person. His clear, wide-open and wide-apart blue eyes, his firm chin, high and noble brow, and the whole contour of his face and head invite confidence, affection and admiration. Divest him out of his clerical dress and you would pick him out in any company as clearheaded, clean-hearted fellow who’d go you for a ten mile walk in the country with a good cigar and a better story at the end of the jaunt.”

*Fr. Coyle attended Mungret College in Limerick where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree.

Fr. James E. Coyle Commemoration Day (Part I)

The Psalmist says:Weeping may tarry for the night but joy comes in the morning.I believe that after years of weeping, sadness and darkness regarding the murder of Fr. James E. Coyle, almost 83 years ago, that today is a day of joy and light! My only regret is that I am not able to celebrate this commemorative day with you. I blush at the privilege of being associated with such a holy, righteous and courageous man as Fr. Coyle. It is also wonderful to be lifting up his life and memory with all of the participants today. In particular, I want to recognize:

Fr. James E. Coyle Commemoration Day (Part II)

A simple but significant ceremony held in the John Carroll Catholic High School Library in Birmingham, Alabama on Tuesday, May 11, 2004. The library in the original John Carroll on Highland Avenue was named in memory of Father James Edwin Coyle.

The Passing of Father Coyle

The Passing of Father Coyle remembers the moments and days after the death of Father James E. Coyle.

Father Coyle Remembered

Father Coyle Remembered is an account by Helen McGough, who remembers being a girl in her dad’s bakery when normal was shaken by the news about Father Coyle.

Father Coyle Now a Pastor in Birmingham, AL

Father Coyle Now a Pastor in Birmingham, AL, an article published in the Birmingham Age-Herald in October 1904, covers Father Coyle’s appointment to St. Paul’s.