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Joseph Francis Maguire (September 4, 1919 – November 23, 2014) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Springfield in Massachusetts from 1977 to 1991.

The Most Reverend

Joseph Francis Maguire
Bishop of Springfield in Massachusetts
SeeSpringfield in Massachusetts
InstalledOctober 15, 1977
Term endedDecember 27, 1991
PredecessorChristopher Joseph Weldon
SuccessorJohn Aloysius Marshall
Other postsAuxiliary Bishop of Boston (1972-76)
OrdinationJune 29, 1945
ConsecrationFebruary 2, 1972
Personal details
Born(1919-09-04)September 4, 1919
Boston, Massachusetts
DiedNovember 23, 2014(2014-11-23) (aged 95)
Springfield, Massachusetts
DenominationRoman Catholic Church
Ordination history of
Joseph Francis Maguire
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated byHumberto Sousa Medeiros
DateFebruary 2, 1972
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Joseph Francis Maguire as principal consecrator
Leo Edward O'NeilAugust 22, 1980
Thomas Ludger DupréMay 31, 1990


Life and ministryEdit

Maguire was born in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts, and received his early education at St. Columbkille's grammar and high schools in Brighton.[1] He attended Boston College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1941. He then began his studies for the priesthood at St. John's Seminary in Brighton.[1] He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Boston on June 29, 1945.[2]

Maguire's first assignment was as a curate at St. Joseph's Church in Lynn.[1] He then served at St. Anne's Church in Readville, Blessed Sacrament Church in Jamaica Plain, and St. Mary of the Hills Church in Milton. From 1956 to 1959, he served as a chaplain in the United States Army Reserve and the Massachusetts National Guard.[1] He served as secretary to Cardinal Richard Cushing and his successor, Cardinal Humberto Sousa Medeiros, between 1962 and 1971. He was pastor of St. John the Baptist Church in Quincy from 1971 to 1972.[1]

On December 1, 1971 Maguire was appointed auxiliary bishop of Boston and titular bishop of Mactaris by Pope Paul VI.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on February 2, 1972 from Cardinal Medeiros, with bishops Jeremiah Francis Minihan and Thomas Joseph Riley serving as co-consecrators.[2] He was named coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Springfield on April 13, 1976. Upon the resignation of Bishop Christopher Joseph Weldon, Maguire succeeded him as the fifth Bishop of Springfield on October 15, 1977.[2] He remained bishop of the diocese until his retirement, which took place on December 27, 1991.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "BISHOP JOSEPH MAGUIRE". Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Massachusetts. Archived from the original on 2010-06-27.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Bishop Joseph Francis Maguire".[self-published source]

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