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."