Father Gregory Coiro, OFM Cap.
September 12th, 2016
Capuchin Father Gregory Coiro died Sept. 9.He was 63 years old and entered religious life in 1972 making perpetual vows Sept. 22, 1979. He was ordained a priest at St. Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco May 15, 1982.
His ministry then took him to Oregon and the Capuchins’ St. Francis High School in La Cañada-Flintridge. He also served in the Office of Public Affairs for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in media relations and is known locally for his time as a parochial vicar at Our Lady of Angels Church in Burlingame and as rector of the National Shrine of St. Francis in San Francisco.
“Father Greg was brilliant and had a sharp wit,” the Capuchins said in a statement. “He was a wonderful organist and loved classical music and old hymns. He loved to teach. He loved his faith and he had a wonderful ability of defending and explaining the church’s teaching. He touched many hearts.”
He is survived by his mother Theresa M. Friedel Shelby and siblings Anthony Coiro, Tracy Tinder, Dana Covellone and Jennifer Bravo.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 14 in Southern California with interment at his congregation’s San Lorenzo Friary in Santa Ynez.
Remembrances may be made to the Capuchin Franciscan Foundation for Retired Friars, 1345 Cortez Ave., Burlingame 94010.
From September 15, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.