Charles G. Coyle III S.J.
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. . . and he grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man . . . Charles G. Coyle III, S.J. entered the Heavenly Kingdom on July 1, 2015. A private Christian memorial service was held. He is survived by his sister Florence Coyle Treadway, his brother Robert D. Coyle, many loving nieces and nephews, foster-son Hamilton Armstrong, his wife Setsuko Miura Armstrong, and his beloved granddaughter, Ariel Miura Armstrong. Father Charley was born in New Orleans and graduated from Jesuit High School in 1949. He was president of his senior class and received the Senior Class Leadership Award. He matriculated at Spring Hill College and was awarded the Freshman Cup in 1950, Outstanding ROTC Award in 1951, and selected ROTC Battalion Commander in 1952. In 1952, he entered the Jesuit novitiate and began studies toward the priesthood. In 1958, he received a Master of Arts degree in Political Philosophy from Spring Hill College and from 1958-1962 taught at Jesuit High Schools in Dallas, Shreveport, and New Orleans. Various former students from those years declare that Father Charley was the one they went to for advice and counsel and was "the best teacher I ever had." From 1962-1966, Charley studied Theology at Woodstock College, Maryland. In 1964, he became the Director of the Mental Health Institute at Woodstock. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1965. In 1966, he lectured at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1967, he began full-time studies for the M. Ed. in Counseling Psychology at Boston College. Subsequently, he was asked to consult for the U.S. Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency and was a lecturer at Georgetown University School of Medicine. In 1969, he was appointed Coordinator of Drug Education Programs for the city of Newton, Massachusetts, a guidance counselor for the Newton public schools, and chaplain of Newton College of the Sacred Heart. In 1970, he was made President of the Faculty Senate of Newton South High School. In 1971, Charley opened a half-way house for teenagers with drug problems. Newton Mayor Ted Mann appointed him Commissioner of Youth for the City of Newton. He was the founder and Director of Project Concern, a school program for alienated youth. In 1972, he was a lecturer at the John F. Kennedy Institute for the Advancement of Political Science, Cambridge, MA. He became Special Counsel and speech writer for Newton Mayor Ted Mann. In 1973, he was a member of the Mayor's Health Advisory Committee and Chairman of the Newton Youth Commission. In 1974, he was selected by the Republican Party of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a candidate for Congress but he declined the nomination. In 1975, he became a board member of Freeport, Inc.'s Residential Youth Center. In 1976, Charley was awarded the Outstanding Citizen and Leadership Award for the City of Newton, MA. In 1977, Charley returned to the South and spent a year as Asst. Principal at Strake Jesuit High School in Houston, TX. In 1978, he was appointed Louisiana State Director of Operations for Odyssey House, Inc., an internationally recognized drug rehabilitation program. In 1981, he worked in parish ministry in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, and has been a teacher, retreat master, evangelist, and a Christian counselor at the Northshore Psychiatric Hospital. Board of Directors- Hospice of New Orleans, 1982; Board of Directors- Louisiana Shakespeare Festival, 1986; Board of Directors- Rapha Hospital, Patient Recovery, 1992; Board of Directors- Jeremiah Ministries, 1993. Over the years, Charley's genuine kindness, listening ear, ready availability, and common-sense Christian worldview gave solace and solutions to a wide circle of friends and counselees, extending from the walls of penance in Angola Prison to the walls of power in Washington, D.C. An elderly parishioner at a large Catholic church told Charley's brother that "Charley was the only priest he had ever seen get a 'standing ovation' after delivering his sermon . . . and he was a substitute for the regular priest!" When entering the Gates of Heaven, Father Charley undoubtedly received another standing ovation, as a good and faithful servant of God. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Chateau de Notre Dame, 2832 Burdette St. NOLA 70125, and/or The Society of Jesus (Jesuits) c/o JHS 4133 Banks St. NOLA 70119.

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Published in The New Orleans Advocate from Jul. 11 to Jul. 12, 2015.
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October 2, 2018
Bro Coyle, Was a wonderful person. We would pray for each other and encourage each other in the Lord. He was passionate about helping people. We shared our faith in God and he helped me understand my conversion when I made Jesus Lord of my life. My deepest condolences to his family! Amen
Bernadette Seymour
November 16, 2017
As I have just learned of Father Charley's great reward I had to once again get on my knees in gratitude for this Disciple of Christ! When my husband was in his final days Father Charley came to offer great wisdom and counsel to his friend. I have no doubt when he arrived at the Golden Gates God embraced him and said,,,,"well done my good and faithful servant"! My life is indeed much more blessed because because of Father Charley! Cornelia England
Cornelia England
July 29, 2015
I met Charlie 20 years ago in Atlanta. He impressed me as a man who truly loved Jesus Christ and tried to share his joy with others. Although I have not seen him since then, he will be missed by all those whose lives he touched and where blessed by knowing him. May he rest in God's Mercy.
L Burke
July 14, 2015
Dear Bobby and Flo, Sorry we will miss the funeral. Kay and I are in NC for 2 months. Please know that we have you in prayer and are comforted by knowing Charlie is in the presence of Jesus. "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints." (Psalms 116:15)
July 14, 2015
My condolences to The Coyle family. I was a classmate at Jesuit and got to know and enjoy Charley, his antics and his joy of living. I now have another saint to pray to.
Joe Kaiser '49
July 14, 2015
Charles graduated from Jesuit N.O. the same year as my husband Charles Dugas...both academically equals...he stopped by home when I was gardening in much later years not knowing me but introduced himself i told him i knew he he was...he saw me gardening and said something to me I will always remember...'You Bless us all with your Garden" I am still gardening in my 80's I feel blessed by him each time I remember.
Leal Dugas
July 14, 2015
May the God of comfort be with the family /friends during this difficult time of loss
Rod C.
July 13, 2015
My deepest condolences to the family.
May the God of compassion, mend the
broken hearts of the family during
their time of sorrow.
My continued prayers are with the
(Psalms 121)

July 12, 2015
Charley was everyone's best friend. He was a wonderful expression of the Father's love to everyone he met. I will miss you my dear brother. Look forward to seeing you again!!
Jim Dixon
July 12, 2015
"Goodnight sweet prince. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest . . . " that's what you always used to say to me. Goodbye and good night. See you in heaven!
Hamilton Armstrong
July 12, 2015
Condolence to the Coyle family and to all who were part of Father Coyle's ministry. May the Lord grant you peace all the days of your life.
Bobby April
Bobby April
July 11, 2015
Dear Flo and Bobby our love and special prayers to each of you ...Bitsy and David
Elizabeth Duggins
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