Father Joseph Corpora, C.S.C.

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Friday 12, June 2009 | Category:   Clergy

In recognition of the Year for Priests, June 19, 2009 to June 2010, VocationCitings will feature stories of Catholic priests—their vocations and lives.

It is hard to believe that I am in my seventh and final year as pastor of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Portland, Oregon. It just seems like yesterday that I learned that the Congregation of Holy Cross accepted Archbishop Vlazny’s invitation to serve at Holy Redeemer.

These seven years have been years of growth and inspiration. I love Holy Redeemer School and look forward to bringing my passion for Catholic schools to my new assignment working with the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame. I will work for the future of Catholic elementary and high schools on a broad, national level.

As I think about another change in assignment, I am reminded that God gives me exactly what I need when I need it. God has been faithful to me all my life, and I have no reason to think that will change. God will always be faithful. The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. This is most true when it comes to God’s faithfulness. My entire life as a Holy Cross priest has involved accepting assignments that I wasn’t so sure about, and they all turned out to be unique opportunities for God’s grace in my life.

I have a friend who says, “The worst thing that can happen to you in your life is not that your life plan fails. Rather the worst thing that can happen to you is that your life plan works. God’s plan for your life is always bigger and better than what you could have imagined.

Read more stories of Congregation of Holy Cross priests.

Reprinted with permission from PrepareTheWord.com. ©TrueQuest Communications.


  1. Posted by: Rebecca Daniel 10 year Time Ago

    Thank you for the entry about Fr. Joe. We met Fr. Joe many years ago and remain in awe of his faithful service to the church. We are especially grateful for his commitment and work for Catholic education. He is a fine example for younger priests to look up to!

  2. Posted by: Chris Salvatore 10 year Time Ago

    Fr. Joe's example of what it is to serve God has served me well through the years. He is truly one of God's angels on earth, though he will tell you otherwise!




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