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Bishop Paul M. Boyle, C.P.

Thursday, January 10, 2008  
Posted by: Passionists in the USA
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The Canon Law Society of America joins the Passionists in the USA in announcing the death earlier today in Louisville, KY, of the Most. Rev. Paul M. Boyle, CP. He was 82, and died following complications from surgery.

The Passionists have kindly provided this biography:

A native of Detroit, MI, born in 1926, Paul Boyle he joined the Congregation of the Passion in 1946, and was ordained a Passionist Priest in 1953. He received a licentiate in Sacred Theology from St. Thomas University in 1955 and a licentiate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Lateran University in 1957. He also attended Northwestern University in Evansville, Illinois, St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, St. Regis College in Toronto, and St. Paul College in Detroit. Fr. Boyle taught canon law and homiletics at both Sacred Heart Seminary in Louisville and at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana.

In 1964-1965 Paul Boyle served as President of the Canon Law Society of America, and from 1965 to 1968 as its Executive Coordinator.

In 1968, Fr. Boyle was elected Provincial of the Holy Cross Province of the Passionists in Chicago, IL; from 1976 until 1988 he served as Superior General of the Congregation. In 1969 he became president of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, a position he held until 1974.

In 1991 Pope John Paul II named him Titular Bishop of Canapium, and to lead the newly formed Apostolic Vicariate of Mandeville, Jamaica, in the West Indies. When it was promoted to diocesan status in 1997 he became its first Diocesan Bishop. He retired as Bishop of Mandeville in 2004, living since then with the Passionist Community in Louisville, Kentucky. Even in retirement he remained active with preaching appeals for Food for the Poor, sacramental ministry, and other preaching engagements.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

  • Sunday, January 13, at St. Agnes Church, 1920 Newburg Rd., Louisville, KY: Wake from 4 pm to 7 pm and a Memorial Mass 7 pm
  • Tuesday, January 15, at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, 23333 Schoolcraft Rd., Detroit, MI: Wake from 3 pm to 7 pm and a Vigil Service at 7 pm
  • Wednesday, January 16, at St. Catherine Church (also known as St. Gemma Church), 23450 Davison St., Detroit, MI: Funeral Mass at 10 am, with burial immediately following in the Passionist Cemetery.

Overnight accommodations may be available in Detroit at St. Paul’s Retreat Center: telephone 313-535-9563.

Please remember Bishop Boyle in the charity of your prayers, and pray as well in sympathy for his Passionist confrères and all who mourn his passing. “May the angels lead him into paradise. Amen.”


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