General Superior

Rev. Fr. Michael Corcoran is Irish,  and was born and baptised on  7th March 1960 in Kilkenny, Ireland. He responded to a missionary call and went to our MHM minor seminary St. Joseph’s College, Freshford , Ireland (1973 to 1978) .   This was followed by major missionary formation in Roosendaal, the Netherlands, and then in St Joseph’s College, Mill Hill, London, where he made his Perpetual Missionary Commitment on 29th  January 1985 and was subsequently ordained priest 18th August 1985 in Galmoy, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, and was appointed to Soroti, Diocese. Uganda. He continued to serve in East Aftrica in the following years, including being Vocations Director and Regional, and was  elected to the General Council in 2005, with special responsibility for our missions in Africa. Having completed his five year term, he was later  elected MHM Regional in Ireland and President of the Irish Missionary Union  which he is still at the time of his election as General Superior of our Society.

He was elected 12th General Superior of the Mill Hill Missionaries on Monday 15th June 2015.

Message from the General Superior Spring 2022

The past few weeks have seen the General Council through social media platforms engage with our representatives in Africa and Asia. Our recently concluded Leadership Consultation with our European and North American representatives was held at Maidenhead, allowing us to be physically present for the first time in two years. These were wonderful opportunities for our Society to reflect on the goals, structures, style and methods of evangelisation in our Mill Hill Society especially as we move closer to Chapter 2022. Accepting invitations to attend the Assemblies in Cameroon and East Africa allowed the General Council to be present with our missionaries, ever aware that our world is in need of the Gospel more than ever.

Keeping in mind the ongoing Synodal process, it becomes clear that we are all called to discern communally, as a model better adapted to dialogue with the world. The mission we all have is first and foremost God’s and next it is and should always be done in the plural as ‘we’. It is ‘our’ mission where we as missionaries seek not only to build unity but also try sometimes against the odds to break down the walls that separate people because Jesus has given us this example. 

As I have visited our missionaries in the field, more recently in Kenya, I have seen and experienced the great diversity in what mission is today and the different trends that are emerging. Even as we emerge from the pandemic, I see the beauty and strength of humanity – people working together, faith and hope being emphasised, and donations made especially for those who work on the frontline. A good example of this was the outreach by Missio here in England and Wales responding to the practical needs called for by Pope Francis. There were and still are so many gestures of compassion which have brought out the best in us during this difficult time. 

As missionaries we must never forget that the message of Jesus Christ is not a harsh judgemental one that grinds people down, but always one of hope that enhances people and restores them. We must be people of ‘generosity and solidarity’ alongside those who experience poverty and self-doubt. Our mission is to foster communities where the hope that comes from the fidelity of God to his people, gives hope to people in our time in the face of challenges. We must become the warm embrace of God’s love for all those whom we share our lives with.

I believe that our efforts are in tune with the many demands made on us – we are responding generously to the various challenges we encounter. In many ways we are at our best when coping with difficult situations. It is when things are sailing along and there is relative calm and equilibrium that we may be distracted by side issues which are only marginally related to our missionary calling. Faith is not certainty: it is the courage to live with uncertainty. All of us in our mission need lines of support: the God in whom we are rooted; others with whom we can work; teams in whom we can delegate and very close friends to whom we can confide.

Let our Chapter be a time when we can boldly continue engaging with our world, that ‘all people might have life and have it in abundance’ as our Chapter Prayer reminds us daily.

Andrew and Jimmy join me in wishing you every blessing and good wishes.

Michael Corcoran MHM Superior General