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Father Corral installed as pastor of Our Lady of the Pillar

01 8.17.17_corral.intro PAGEFather Jose Corral is introduced to the congregation July 23 as the new pastor of Our Lady of the Pillar Parish in Half Moon Bay. Father Corral, who is well known for his leadership in the Catholic charismatic movement and has served at St. Finn Barr, St. Timothy and St. James parishes in the archdiocese, said he has a goal of bringing “stability to the parish and even more unity.” (Photo by Dennis Callahan/Catholic San Francisco)

August 17, 2017
Lorena Rojas
San Francisco Católico

Father Jose Corral was installed July 23 as new pastor of Our Lady of the Pillar Parish, promising to continue to unify the San Mateo County coastside Catholic community.

The rite of installation at the Half Moon Bay church included the new pastor’s introduction to the assembly, the reading of the archbishop’s appointment letter and the pastor’s introduction to parish staff. The rite continued with the archbishop leading the pastor and the assembly in the profession of faith.

Father Corral began his new role July 1 with the goal of bringing “stability to the parish and even more unity.” The parish has had a succession of pastoral leaders in recent years.

“So many priests have come and gone,” Father Corral said.

Father Corral, a native Spanish speaker well known for his leadership in the Catholic charismatic movement in the archdiocese, has served as pastor of St. James and St. Finn Barr parishes in San Francisco and administrator of St. Timothy Parish in San Mateo.

Father Corral, who was ordained in 1979, had most recently served only three years at St. James and was not expecting a new assignment so soon. But he noted that his experience and the need for a native Spanish speaker at the coastside parish prompted Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone to make the appointment.

The parish community had asked the archbishop in writing to appoint a native Spanish speaker as pastor.

César Sánchez, a longtime parishioner at Our Lady of the Pillar, said “the entire community gives thanks to God and to Archbishop Cordileone for having finally sent us a pastor and one that will stay. That’s what I’ve heard from everyone.”

Sánchez, added, “And we are going to take care of him and protect him.”

He said the parish is made up of Latino, Filipino and Portuguese communities, among others, and the pastor “has to have enough charisma to work with everyone.”

During Father Corral’s first two weeks of service, “what we have seen is a pastor that brings great desire to serve,” Sánchez, said. “The homilies really get to you – this is what I’ve heard from people.”

He said Father Corral “has a lot of charisma, plenty of love to express the word of God – a person very connected to God.”

 

06 8.17.17_corral.boy.ADSF2017_Installation_Our Lady of the Pillar-7 PAGEFather Jose Corral greets a young parishioner July 23 after his installation as pastor of Our Lady of the Pillar Parish in Half Moon Bay. (Photos by Dennis Callahan/Catholic San Francisco)

06 8.17.17_corral.abc.ADSF2017_Installation_Our Lady of the Pillar-9 PAGEFather Corral is pictured with Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone.

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