Rev. Fr. Michael Corcoran is 59, 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 Superior General Spring 2021
Towards the end of 2020, Pope Francis announced the ‘Year of St. Joseph’ when he published his Apostolic letter, ‘Patris Corde’: “With a Father’s Heart”. He begins his letter: “With a Father’s Heart – that is how Joseph loved Jesus, whom all four Gospels refer to as the ‘son of Joseph’. We are invited to reflect on this message written against the backdrop of the Covid 19 Pandemic. Pope Francis recognises that during this pandemic we have experienced how “our lives are woven together and sustained by ordinary people, people often overlooked…men and women working to provide essential services and public safety…How many fathers and mothers, grandparents and teachers are showing our children in small every day ways, how to accept and deal with a crisis by adjusting their routines, looking ahead and encouraging the practice of prayer. How many are praying, making sacrifices and interceding for the good of all”. The Pope continues that in this way, “Each of us can discover in Saint Joseph, the man who goes unnoticed, a daily discreet and hidden presence, a support and a guide who played “an incomparable role in the history of salvation.”
Through the centuries the Church has faced numerous crisis including the present pandemic. This is not the time to be afraid and to panic. The Spirit-filled Christian Community has survived and thrived even in the worst situation and continued to fulfil the mission handed on. What matters most is to believe and trust, to be filled with hope and give that hope to others, and be filled with love and express this concretely to others as we strive to heal the world. The dream of looking for innovative forms of solidarity – new ways of exercising leadership and governance and continuing to explore the new digital technology and social media avenues.
‘Fratelli Tutti’ calls us to the possibility of sharing the same dream of a better world, in which dignity of all is recognised, in which relationships of solidarity are generated in search for the Common Good. To share a dream that becomes a source of personal and social energy, to open ourselves to the dialogue that leads to produce the necessary changes to generate a culture of encounter in which spaces and hearts are opened.
In my messages, I have on a number of occasions expressed my gratitude to all of our missionaries on the ‘front line’ for their significant dedication and sacrifice during this time of pandemic. I would also like to salute those whose shoulders our missionaries on the ‘front line’ stand on. In particular I mention those in retirement who have given of their best and whose solid foundation in mission, our ‘front line’ Mill Hill Missionaries now continue to build on in these difficult times. It is important to give a ‘shabash’ as they say in Pakistan, saluting them as they support us with their prayers and in harmony with our mission.
In my recent letter to our Members and Associates announcing once again the postponement of our 19th General Chapter to May 2022, I wrote that this pandemic and everything that happens in our life, is not just a challenge to be faced but also a call to have a faith that trusts in the Lord. We pray that we will have the faith to come through this period with a renewed sense of God pointing us to be bold and creative in the task of rethinking the goals, structures, style and methods of evangelisation in our Mill Hill Society
Des, Andrew and Jimmy join me in wishing you every blessing and good wish in your ministry.
Michael Corcoran MHM