Father Coyle Life & Legacy Mass

The Annual Memorial Mass and Reception takes place on August 11th each year at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Birmingham, Alabama. The 103rd Memorial Mass on August 8, 2024, will take place at 10:00 AM CST, and will be celebrated by Bishop Steven J. Raica. The reception will follow in the Cathedral Life Center.

On August 11, 2021, the 100th Anniversary Life & Legacy Mass honoring the life of Father James E. Coyle was held in Birmingham, Alabama. Watch it below. Documentary and movie projects honoring his life are also in the works. We invite you to support and participate in these projects.

Now Available!

Killed in the Line of Duty, New Centennial Edition Book by Jim Pinto

This newly revised Centennial Edition 56-page book contains four additional essays by Jim Pinto. A Selection of Reflections, Articles and Memories of the Life and Death of Fr. James E. Coyle on the 100th Anniversary of His Passing. 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. Father Coyle was a “martyr to duty,” The Rt. Rev. Edward P. Allen, Bishop of Mobile, August 13, 1921.

Learn more about Father Coyle and how you can be included in supporting this important documentary.

Read about the extraordinary life of Father James E. Coyle, written by Jim Pinto.

Alabama Public Television (APT) offers a letter a support to the Father Coyle documentary.

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The Father James E. Coyle Memorial Project

We invite your participation and you may reach a representative of this project at:


(205) 969-0771



Contact Information:

Fr. James E. Coyle Memorial Project
P.O. Box 43217
Birmingham, AL 35243

Office Location:

Cathedral Of St. Paul
2120 3rd Ave. North
Birmingham, AL. 35203