In Memoriam: Reverend Monsignor Eugene James Boyle
Reverend Monsignor Eugene James Boyle
July 28, 1921 – May 24, 2016
Monsignor Eugene Boyle died in Palo Alto on May 24, 2016, less than a month before his 70th anniversary of Ordination as a Priest.
The son of George Boyle and Mary Ellen Clark Boyle, Eugene Boyle was born in San Francisco. He attended Saint John’s School in San Francisco, Saint Joseph’s College Seminary in Mountain View and Saint Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, and was ordained by Archbishop John J. Mitty on June 15, 1946.
After ordination, Father Boyle served in parishes in San Francisco and Livermore, eventually becoming Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in San Francisco. From 1956 until 1960, he was a member of the Archdiocesan Mission Band and then Director of Vallombrosa Retreat House in Menlo Park. He later worked for the National Federation of Priests’ Councils and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and was Director of Stanford Newman Center and Saint Ann Chapel in Palo Alto, from 1976 until 1985.
Upon the creation of the Diocese of San Jose in 1981, Father Boyle became a priest of the new Diocese.
In 1985, Bishop Pierre DuMaine named him Episcopal Vicar for Interreligious and Public Affairs. After retiring in 1990, Father Boyle willingly came out of retirement to serve as Pastor of Saint Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Morgan Hill from 1994 until 1996, retiring again as he was about to turn 75.
In 2000, Pope Saint John Paul II named Father Boyle as a Prelate of Honor with the honorary title of Monsignor.
Throughout his long ministry, Monsignor Boyle had a passion for work in social justice, collaborating with Cesar Chavez in his groundbreaking efforts with the United Farm Workers. He also served for many years on San Jose’s Diocesan Human Concerns Commission. He had an equal commitment to ecumenism and interreligious matters, always seeking common ground and understanding among diverse groups of individuals.
He will be remembered for his love of the Church, his dedication to justice and his sharp wit.
Monsignor Boyle is pre-deceased by his sister, Dot Mazza, and his brother, George Boyle. He is survived by his sister, Betty Tackett. There are 8 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 3233 Cowper Street, Palo Alto, on Tuesday, May 31, at 11:00 am. Viewing of the body will precede the Mass, from 10:00 am until 11:00 am.
Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the “Diocese of San Jose” for the benefit of The Catholic Campaign for Human Development’s local grants, which assist economic and community development projects.