From the Pulpit to the People: Standing Up for Your Community—with Father Bill Corcoran

Father Bill Corcoran stepped up to the virtual Soapbox to speak out on speaking up. He shared with us reactions to his decision to speak out against former President Trump after the insurrection on the Capitol. He pointed out that while the reaction was mostly positive, he has a responsibility to all of his community, even the parishioners who walked out — a responsibility to let them know they are welcome to disagree, that there is room for listening and room for dialogue.

Be sure to check out the column in the Chicago Tribune that garnered Father Bill recognition across the country.

“I felt like we were making the abnormal normal. I finally felt we need to say, ‘it’s not okay.’  Sometimes things come up we need to face, even if it’s painful.”

—Fr. Bill Corcoran

About Father Bill

Father Bill grew up on the South Side of Chicago in the Little Flower Parish and has been a priest for almost 40 years. He currently serves as pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, in Orland Hills, Illinois—heading its pastoral team of priests, deacons, and skilled professional laymen and laywomen. He studied theology, divinity, and sanctity at the University of St. Mary of the Lake and has a Ph.D. in Twentieth-Century United States Urban History from Loyola University of Chicago.

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GCE Lab School’s Soapbox Series invites thinkers, activists, orators, artists, poets, dreamers, and doers to step up and speak out about issues that matter in our neighborhoods and around the world. Have an idea that matters? We would love to have you step up to the soapbox!

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