|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|Metropolis||Archdiocese of Armagh|
|Diocese||Diocese of Raphoe|
|Appointed||9 June 2017|
|Ordination||22 June 1984|
|Consecration||6 August 2017|
by Eamon Martin
|Birth name||Alexander Aloysius McGuckian|
|Born||26 February 1953|
Cloughmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Early life and familyEdit
Born in 1953 in Cloughmills, County Antrim, in the Diocese of Down and Connor, he is the youngest son of Brian McGuckian and Pauline (nee McKenna). His father was a successful pig farmer who, with his brothers, went on to develop the world's biggest pig farm.
Two of his older brothers, Fathers Bernard and Michael, are also Jesuit priests, while yet another brother, John B., is one of Ireland's most successful businessmen. His two much-loved sisters have both died, Paula Haughey (2013) and Mary Dynan (2018). McGuckian went to The Queen's University of Belfast in 1971 to study Irish and philosophy, where he was a near contemporary of Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, with whom he shared North Antrim roots and an education at St MacNissi's College, Garron Tower.
After one year in Belfast, he joined the Jesuit novitiate in Clontarf in Dublin, continuing his university education in University College, Dublin (U.C.D.), specifically for a degree in Spanish and Latin. He graduated in 1977 and progressed to study Philosophy in the Jesuit Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy and then Theology in the Toronto School of Theology (the Jesuit Regis College, University of Toronto), qualifying with a M.Div and STL.
He was ordained to the priesthood in 1984 and spent a short time teaching in Clongowes Wood College.
In 1992 he was appointed Director of the Jesuit Communications Centre and in that role one of his notable successes was the development of the website www.sacredspace.ie, which harnessed new technology to offer people computer resources to develop a life of prayer.
From 2011 to 2017 he worked fulltime in the Living Church office of the Diocese of Down and Connor, helping renew pastoral life across the diocese.
He is a gifted preacher and noted ecumenist. In 2012, he co-authored a play, '1912 – A Hundred Years On', with the highly esteemed Irish Presbyterian historian Philip Orr which looked at experience of the Ulster Covenant and the wider Home Rule movement from both nationalist and unionist perspective. His love of languages has continued throughout his life and he has been an annual visitor to the Donegal Gaeltacht, Bishop McGuckian also gained a Masters in Irish Translation from Queen's University, Belfast.
On 9 June 2017, it was announced that he had been appointed Bishop of Raphoe. On 6 August 2017, he was consecrated a bishop by His Grace The Most Rev. Dr Eamon Martin, Primate of All Ireland and Archbishop of Armagh.
- Donegal has a New Bishop of Raphoe www.donegaldemocrat.ie, 9 June 2017.
- "First ever Jesuit bishop ordained in Ireland". Catholic Herald. 8 August 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
- Pope Francis appoints Father Alan McGuckian SJ as Bishop of Raphoe www.catholicbishops.ie, 9 June 2017.
- "Appointment of Fr Alan McGuckian SJ as Bishop of Raphoe". Diocese of Down and Connor. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
- Cheney, David M. "Bishop Alexander Aloysius (Alan) McGuckian, S.J." Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
|Catholic Church titles|
| Bishop of Raphoe