Brother Ted Coyle SJ

Br Ted Coyle died peacefully in the Glasgow Jesuit Residence on Thursday 19th January. He was 90 years old and had been a Jesuit for 73 years. 

The Socius, Fr Paul Nicholson, wrote the following on the morning of his death:

Ted was born on 30th September 1932 in Glasgow, and was educated at a number of different schools in that city. He joined the novitiate at Manresa Roehampton as a brother at the age of 17, moving to Harlaxton where he took first vows in 1952. He was then sent to Heythrop in Oxfordshire to work in the house, becoming refectorian two years later. In 1961 he returned to Roehampton to make his tertianship under Fr Dandria, and next travelled to Chishawasha Seminary in what was then Southern Rhodesia, doing domestic work. He stayed in Rhodesia for a decade, teaching RE (amongst other ministries) at Hartman House from 1963, and at St George’s College from 1967. At the end of 1972 he returned to Britain, working as assistant minister at Wimbledon College and teaching RE at King’s College Wimbledon and then at St John’s Beaumont. After a year at Stonyhurst he moved to the Sacred Heart Edinburgh in 1979 as sub-minister, and worked on the parish team. Three years later he returned to St John’s Beaumont to teach RE, then in 1988 he was missioned to South Africa. After an initial sabbatical there, he worked in the Yeoville parish in Johannesburg, taught RE at the Sacred Heart College in Belgravia, and later, briefly, at the school at Elandskop. He returned to St John’s Beaumont for the academic year 1992-3, then spent three years on the parish staff at St Aloysius Glasgow. Between 1996 and 2000 he was at St Mary’s Hall at Stonyhurst, teaching RE and working in the chaplaincy and the library. A sabbatical spent in South Africa and India followed, after which he worked for brief spells in Stamford Hill, Enfield, and Mount Street. From 2003 to 2014 he worked in Edinburgh, as minister and later in hospital chaplaincy, a ministry which he continued in Glasgow between 2014 and 2020. His final years were spent in retirement in the Glasgow community.

Below is a small gallery dedicated to the life and ministry of our dear Brother Ted - may he rest in peace, and may his jokes get better!


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