Biography / Curriculum Vitae

Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, S.T.L., D.D.

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley was born to John and Mary Coakley in Norfolk, VA in 1955 and lived there with his father, mother and older brother, John, until he was two years old.  The family relocated to Metairie, LA where his sister, Mary Christina was born.  After beginning his elementary education at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School the family moved in 1965 to Overland Park, KS.  Archbishop Coakley’s secondary education was completed in public schools in Overland Park.

After graduation from high school he attended the University of Kansas where he completed his undergraduate studies in English and Classical Antiquities in 1977.  During this period he was a student in KU’s Integrated Humanities Program, where he studied under John Senior, Dennis Quinn and Frank Nelick.

Upon completing university studies Archbishop Coakley traveled in Europe and briefly considered a monastic vocation at the Abbey of Notre Dame de Fontgombault in France, before he returned to begin seminary studies for Diocese of Wichita in 1978.

After completing studies at Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, he was ordained a priest on May 21, 1983.  After serving as a priest of the Diocese of Wichita for twenty-one years, he was appointed Bishop of Salina on October 21, 2004.  Bishop Coakley was ordained and installed as Bishop of Salina on December 28, 2004.

On December 16, 2010, Bishop Coakley was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the fourth Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.  He was installed as Metropolitan Archbishop on February 11, 2011.

Archbishop Coakley has selected "Duc in Altum" as his episcopal motto (Put out into the Deep).  It is found in St. Luke’s gospel when Jesus, after teaching the crowds from Simon’s boat, invites the apostles to “put out into the deep” and lower their nets for a catch (Lk.5:4).  Obedient to Jesus’ command, Simon Peter and his companions cast their nets as directed, and “caught such a great number of fish that their nets were at the breaking point” (Lk. 5:4).   Jesus calls the Church today, as always, to put out into the deep, as a witness to hope, to hear, and to respond joyfully to his word with faith and confidence.  It is a call to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the New Evangelization.



Elementary St. Mary Magdalen School, Metairie LA, 1960-1965
Cherokee Elementary School, Overland Park KS 1965-1967
Broadmoor Junior High School, Overland Park KS 1967-1970
High School Shawnee Mission West, Overland Park KS 1970-1973
College University of Kansas, B.A., 1977, English; Classical Antiquities
Seminary St. Pius X Seminary, Erlanger KY, 1979, Pre-Theology
Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD, M.A.,
M. Div., 1983 Theology
Post Ordination Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, S.T.L., 1987, Christian Spirituality


Ordained Deacon: April 8, 1982, by Bishop David M. Maloney, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Wichita KS
Ordained Priest: May 21, 1983, by Bishop Eugene J. Gerber, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Wichita KS
Appointed:  Bishop of Diocese of Salina, Salina, KS – October 21, 2004
Ordination/Installation: Bishop of Diocese of Salina, Salina, KS – December 28, 2004
Appointed:  Archbishop of Oklahoma City, OK – December 16, 2010
Installation:  Archbishop of Oklahoma City, OK – February 11, 2011

Pastoral Assignments

Chaplain, St. Francis Regional Medical Center Wichita KS June – August, 1983
Associate Pastor, St. Mary’s Church Derby KS 1983 – 1985
Chaplain, Kansas Newman College Wichita KS 1987 – 1989
Director, Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry Diocese of Wichita 1987 – 1991
Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Wichita KS 1989 – 1990
Associate Director, Spiritual Life Center Wichita KS 1990 – 1995
Associate Pastor (part time), St. Thomas Aquinas Church Wichita KS 1990 – 1995
Pastor, Church of the Resurrection Wichita KS 1995 – 1998
Director, Spiritual Formation, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary Emmitsburg, MD 1998 – 2002
Director, Spiritual Life Center Wichita KS 2002 – 2004 (January)
Vice Chancellor Diocese of Wichita January 2004 – December 2004
Administrator, Church of the Magdalen Wichita KS July 2004 – December 2004
Diocesan Bishop Diocese of Salina December 2004 -February 2011
Metropolitan Archbishop Archdiocese of Oklahoma City February 2011 - Present


USCCB Committee on Home Missions 2006-2007
USCCB Committee on Priestly Life and Ministry 2006-2007
USCCB Subcommittee on Home Missions 2007-2012
USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations 2007-2010
USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life andYouth 2010-2013
USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis 2008-2011
USCCB Administrative Committee 2014-2016
Consultant USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations 2010-2013
Consultant USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace 2013-2016
Consultant USCCB Subcommittee on the Church in Africa 2014-2016

Catholic Relief Services Board of Directors


Chairman, Catholic Relief Services Board of Directors

Episcopal Advisor to National Association of Catholic Chaplains 2010-2013
The Catholic University of America Board of Trustees 2011-2013
Conception Seminary College Board of Regents 2006-2012
Institute for Priestly Formation, Bishops Advisory Council 2007-present
Aquinas College Episcopal Advisory Board 2011-2016
Augustine Institute Episcopal Advisory Board 2011-present
National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors Episcopal Advisory Board 2011-present
Catholic Extension Board of Governors 2011-2016
Institute on Religious Life Advisory Board 2012-present
Pope Paul VI Institute Bishops Advisory Board 2012-present
Knight of Columbus, Fourth Degree  
Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem