TAMPA, Fla. — Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg, Fla., installed George Corrigan, OFM, as the second Franciscan pastor of Sacred Heart Church last month. He wrote about the Sept. 25 event in his blog, For His Friends.
“On Sunday, I returned to Sacred Heart to formally and canonically (read that legally within Church law) install Father George as the second Franciscan pastor of this venerable parish in the heart of Tampa’s downtown,” Bishop Lynch wrote.
“The parish and I warmly welcomed back the first Franciscan pastor, Father Andrew Reitz, OFM, who flew down from New York to be present for his successor’s installation. When I first came to the diocese fifteen years ago, I began by installing every new pastor in his parish but as time and the ardors of age have begun to be felt in this body of mine I now generally only install a priest in his first assignment as pastor and allow subsequent installations to be handled by the ‘Dean’ of the area in which the parish is located. There is not much to the ceremony of installation itself, which follows the homily. There is something of a greeting between the new pastor and his assistant pastors, if there are any, deacons, if there are any, and his parish staff. Then the members of the Parish Council and the Finance Council, if they are present, welcome the new shepherd.”
The Atlanta, Ga., native grew up in Orlando, Fla. In 1974, George earned a B.S. in mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and in 1981 a master’s in business administration from the University of Central Florida. After leaving active duty in 1982, he served as chief information officer for a private-sector business and later joined the Franciscan Mission Service, serving three years as a lay missionary. George was recognized by FMS last fall with the Joe Nangle, OFM Lifelong Mission Award.
In his blog entry, Bishop Lynch described the parish’s respect for the new pastor, who has been at Sacred Heart since his ordination in 2007, and gave a brief history of the Franciscans’ involvement with the 151-year-old parish in downtown Tampa. Several photos of the installation are included on the blog.