Fr. Joseph Corpora to be appointed a Missionary of Mercy
Observer Staff Report | Friday, January 15, 2016
Fr. Joseph Corpora will be one of 800 priests selected by Pope Francis to be a Missionary of Mercy, the University announced in a press release Thursday morning.
“The Missionaries are some 800 priests worldwide selected by the pope to be special confessors and ‘living signs’ of God’s forgiveness during the Holy Year of Mercy officially proclaimed in his letter, Misericordiae Vultus (The Face of Mercy), last year,” the release stated. “Father Corpora will be among those traveling to Rome to meet with Pope Francis and to be commissioned on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 10) in a celebration at St. Peter’s Basilica.”
Corpora serves as the director of university-school partnerships for Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) and a priest-in residence in Dillon Hall as well as the a Campus Ministry chaplain to Latino students on campus. He said in the release that he is “very excited, grateful and humbled by the Holy Father’s invitation.
“And I hope everyone at Notre Dame will pray for me that I might do some good in spreading the mercy of God by being a person of mercy and compassion. I know something of God’s mercy because my deepest self-definition is that I am a sinner whose sins are forgiven. God has been so merciful to me.”