Bishop Paul Michael Boyle died today. May he rest in peace. Father Don Webber, Provincial of Holy Cross Province, gives this summary of his life:
Paul M. Boyle was born in Detroit, Michigan, on May 28, 1926. In 1946 he made his vows as a Passionist of the Western Province of the United States. Ordained in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 30, 1953 and sent to Rome for graduate studies in canon law, 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.
In 1964-1965 Boyle served as the president of the Canon Law Society of America and from 1965 to 1968 as its executive coordinator. He taught canon law and homeletics at Sacred Heart Seminary in Louisville and canon law at St. Meinrad Theological Seminary from 1965 to 1968. In 1969 Boyle became president of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, a position he held until 1974. >From 1974 to 1976 he served as president of Stewardship Services Inc., an organization established by the CMSM to give financial assistance to religious communities. During these years he began working on another project to help religious communities with financial management. In 1976 he founded and became the president of Religious Communities Trust (RCT) set up to instruct religious organizations on short term investments, a position he still holds.
In May of 1968, Boyle was elected Provincial of the Holy Cross Province of the Passionists (Chicago); from 1976 until 1988 he served as Superior General of our Passionist Congregation. In 1991 Pope John Paul II made him the first bishop of the newly formed Vicariate Apostolic of Mandeville, Jamaica, West Indies.
Bishop Boyle retired in 2004 to the Passionist Community in Louisville. Since his retirement, he was active with preaching appeals for Food for the Poor, sacramental ministry, and other preaching engagements.
(From the Passio Christi site)
Father Gary, who was one of Paul’s secretaries when he was General, gives another biography at The Passionist Charism.
Whispers in the Loggia has a tribute to one who was Ever a Missionary.
He was also the founder of the Missionaries of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Mission Society of Mandeville).
Although born in Detroit, Paul Michael Boyle considered himself an Irishman as well as an American: his Irish passport was one of his most treasured possessions.
Thank you, Paul, for the example and encouragement you gave me in my Passionist life.