Catholic Education Symposium – Fr. Joe Corpora, C.S.C.


Fr. Joe Corpora, C.S.C.
Director of University-School Partnerships, University of Notre Dame

Fr. Joe Corpora, C.S.C., is a Holy Cross Father. After serving six years at the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon, he was transferred to St. John Vianney Parish in Goodyear, Arizona, where he served as Pastor from 1990-2002. While Pastor, he founded the first Catholic school in the Diocese of Phoenix to be opened in thirty years, in one of the poorest parishes in the Diocese. The parish is 90% Mexican-American and Mexican.

In 2002, Fr. Corpora, was transferred to Holy Redeemer Parish in Portland, Oregon, where he served as Pastor from 2002-2009. He was able to keep the parish school open through the increased enrollment of Hispanics.

In August of 2009, he was transferred to work at the University of Notre Dame, his alma mater. Fr. Joe served as co-chair of the Notre Dame Task Force on the Participation of Latino Families and Children in Catholic Schools. The Task Force published its report – “To Nurture the Soul of a Nation” – on December 12, 2009. Fr. Joe is the Director of University-School Partnerships and works on the Catholic School Advantage Campaign. This Campaign is a Notre Dame Initiative seeking to double the percentage – from 3% to 6% – of Latino families who enroll their children in Catholic schools. This would be an increased enrollment of Latino children from 275,000 to 1,000,000 over the next ten years.

Fr. Joe is a sinner whose sins are forgiven. And he loves anything made with tomato sauce!

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