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Popular Priest Leaving St. Linus in 2013

Per Archdiocese of Chicago policy, Fr. William Corcoran must move on from St. Linus next summer, but hopefully not too far away from Oak Lawn.


Some readers have asked if the popular Rev. William T. Corcoran--"Fr. Bill"-- from St. Linus is leaving the parish. Parishioners call his homilies "inspirational." Sadly, it is true. The parish development office sent Patch the email below this week:

"Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Fr. Bill Corcoran will be leaving St. Linus Parish in late June, 2013.

As much as he would like to stay at Linus , and as much as the people would love for him to stay, he is leaving due to Archdiocesan policy that directs pastors  to transfer after a maximum of two six-year terms.

Exceptions to this policy are given in special circumstances, but there does not seem to be any at this time that would call for him to remain.

Fr. Bill will be looking into possible openings at other parishes and the Archdiocese will be consulting with him as to his transfer. Fr. Bill remains the fully invested pastor looking after his flock and being very instrumental in having the Archdiocesan officials meet with St. Linus parishioners and staff to plan for  for his replacement as pastor of St. Linus.

Fr. Bill  has been a great pastor. He is a wise and dedicated man with vision and unmatched energy in managing the spiritual, social and financial challenges of a large active parish and award-winning school. He will be greatly missed."

Pat F November 23, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Always wonder why a well liked priest from in a suburb can't stay with his congregation but the outspoken priest from St.Sabinas can stay forever and tell the Archdiocese to kiss off???
PD November 24, 2012 at 01:50 AM
We will miss Fr Bill a lot. He is a very dedicated man and we wish him all the luck in the world and we will pray for him every day.

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