Rev. Vincent J. Coppola, C.S.C.

  • Born: April 15, 1963
  • Died: October 2, 2020
  • Location: Notre Dame, Indiana

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Tribute & Message From The Family

NOTRE DAME, IN - Rev. Vincent J. Coppola, C.S.C., 57, died at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, October 2, 2020.

Fr. Coppola was born April 15, 1963, in Elmhurst, NY. He received his bachelor's degree in accounting from Queens College, Queens, NY, and his M.Div. from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, in 2000. He made First Vows in the Congregation of Holy Cross on July 19, 1997, professed Final Vows on September 23, 2000, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 9, 2001.

He was the son of Madeline Mooney and oldest brother to Michael Coppola (Christine), Barbara Devine (Robert), and Thomas Coppola. Fr. Coppola was preceded in death by his grandmother, Rose Ferrigno, and his stepfather, Raymond Mooney.

As a deacon, Fr. Coppola served at Most Holy Trinity in Saco, Maine, from 2000 to 2001. After ordination, he assisted at Sacred Heart / St. Francis de Sales Parish, Bennington, VT from 2001 to 2010. In July 2010, St. Bridget Parish, West Rutland, VT welcomed Fr. Coppola as their new pastor, where he was known for his kind and gentle spirit and thoughtful homilies. In 2012, he also became the pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, West Rutland, VT. He worked tirelessly for these parishes, providing them with excellent leadership and care. Father "Vinny," as he was affectionately called, took much care to continue the traditions of both churches while fostering a spirit of unity between the two parishes. He remained pastor at both parishes until 2015, when he was appointed Parochial Vicar of Holy Cross Parish and Saint Stanislaus Parish in South Bend, IN. In 2016, he became administrator of Holy Cross Parish, South Bend, IN, and pastor of the parish in 2017. In 2018, shortly after seeking to be incardinated into the Diocese of Trenton to be closer to his beloved mother, he was appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Toms River, NJ, and in July 2020 was appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish, Lavallette, and Sacred Heart Parish, Bay Head, NJ. His family shares how he spent long periods in prayer to his God, spoke often and reverently about the Blessed Virgin Mary and, perhaps most inspiring, how he bore in silence his bodily pain, keeping it hidden from nearly everyone.

Visitation will take place at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Toms River, NJ, on Thursday, October 8, 2020. His Funeral Mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. He will ultimately be laid to rest at the Holy Cross Community Cemetery at Stonehill College, North Easton, MA. Carmona-Bolen Funeral Home, Toms River, NJ, and Kane Funeral Home of Easton, MA, are in charge of the arrangements.

A graveside service requiring mask & social distancing will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at Holy Cross Community Cemetery, Stonehill College, Easton at 11:00 a.m.


Condolence & Memory Journal

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by Romanus Igweonu - Coworker   October 18, 2020

Father Vinny,
You are such a dynamic soul. Thank you for making our son Myles' First Holy Communion so very special...Along with everything else you offered here at the West Rutland, VT parishes...With so much spark, moxy and class. We were all so disappointed when you needed to move along to your next station of service....Yet understood the calling. We are so grateful to have had the time we did with you. And to his family members and inner sanctum of friends...As our Native American friends remind us...."There is never an end, rather a change of worlds." Keep working your magic on the other side, as we know you will...Lord knows we need it. All blessings....This is beautiful:

Posted by Lisa, Joseph & Myles Donohue - Friend   October 13, 2020

To my friend, you are loved, and will be remembered always. Thank you for your presence in my life. Rest in His peace.

Posted by Madeline Gardner - Friend   October 13, 2020

Although we are sad at the loss of this wonderful man, I know the Angel's are joyous in his arrival. I will never understand why God would call home such a wonderful priest so early. But I will tell you that the time I spent with Fr. Vince is time I will always remember and has put me closer to the church. From what I read, most people feel the same way. From Vermont to Indiana to NJ, this amazing man of God has left his mark and his love. If that is the Lord's plan, then mission accomplished! RIP Father Vince. You have touched many!

Posted by Dan Byrne - Friend   October 07, 2020

A dear, dear friend to Dotti & I has gone to Heaven. May He rest in Peace after working so hard here in Bennington, Vt and at other parishes. We miss you Fr. Vinnie and ask that you pray for us.

Tom & Dotti De Pollo

Posted by Tom De Pollo - Friend   October 06, 2020

Fr. Vince is such a gentle kind soul. I’ll always remember the year he played the Easter bunny and was the tallest Easter bunny I’ve ever seen. As he and I went around to the different classes I kept telling him Easter bunnies don’t talk but he kept on talking. The kids loved him.

Posted by Karen Trzaskowski from Holy Cross, South Bend, IN - Coworker   October 05, 2020

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by Josephine Micciulla - Friend   October 05, 2020

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by Katina Searfoss - Acquaintance   October 05, 2020

Fr. Vince will be sorely missed. His homilies were top notch. Whenever I played the organ at Max Kolby, I looked forward to seeing Fr Vince. I loved the way he listened to the people who wanted to talk to him after Mass. I’d wait my turn letting the seniors greet Fr. Vince. This provided me the chance to observe him talk to each person with a sincere interest.

Posted by Esther - Acquaintance   October 05, 2020

Fr. Vince was a gift to Holy Cross Parish. I will miss his emails and kind words. RIP Father.

Posted by Kathy Dawson - Friend   October 05, 2020

He was such a wonderful man. Kind and Gentle he will be truely missed. When he was at our parish he made it so warm and inviting. We loved his decorations for all the seasons and really miss that. Rest in peace my friend.

Posted by Georgette FLOWERS - Acquaintance   October 05, 2020

Wonderful, compassionate, person, homilies were so inspiring.

Posted by Joan Ward - Acquaintance   October 05, 2020

Father Vince will never be forgotten! He was the sweetest, greatest man ever! He was so kind to everyone! Father Vince was a perfect example of a human being! I feel he should be named a Saint! RIP Father until we meet again. Love The Clevelands

Posted by Linda Cleveland - Friend   October 05, 2020