Fr. Richard "Rick" McGuire, OSC - 1945-2015

As most of you know, Fr. Rick McGuire has passed away. A Wake and Funeral Mass was held in his honor last weekend here at St. Andrew. Over the past ten years, Fr. Rick has been an inspiration to our community and a thoughtful leader. We mourn his loss, pray for his acceptance into the Glory of God in Heaven. Fr Rick will be missed by all and we ask for your continued prayer for all affected by this great loss. Below is an excerpt from the Crosier bulletin that was sent out to announce Fr. Rick's death.

The youngest of six children, Fr. Richard Michael McGuire, OSC, was born May 20, 1945, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to John and Edith May (Bower) McGuire.

He died Sept. 30, 2015, at the Banner-University Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, at the age of 70.

Fr. Rick enrolled in college at Crosier Seminary Junior College in Onamia, Minnesota, in 1963 and then earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and completed his graduate studies in theology from the Crosier House of Studies, also in Fort Wayne. He professed his first vows Aug. 28, 1966, in Hastings, Nebraska, and was ordained a priest May 12, 1973, in Fort Wayne.

Throughout most of his years of service, Fr. Rick worked in parish ministry in Hastings, Nebraska; Shoreview and Anoka, Minnesota; Fort Wayne; and Phoenix. He also worked for many years in chaplaincy services at hospitals in St. Paul; Fort Wayne and Marion, Indiana; and New Rochelle, New York. Fr. Rick served as parochial vicar at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Chandler, Arizona, since 2005.

He was awarded the Mary Kennedy-Lamb Achievement Award by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis's Commission on Women in 1997 and was the recipient of the 1994 Crosier Recognition Award. He also completed a certificate from the Mexican-American Cultural Center's Pastoral Spanish Program in 2004.

Fr. Rick is survived by a sister: Helen (Arvid) "Joan" Stone of Key Largo, Florida; nieces: Kathleen, Mary Lou, Joan, Maureen, Patricia, Clarissa, Lori, Katie and Jeanne; nephews: Martin, Matthew, Michael, John, Cecile; numerous great-nieces and nephews; his Crosier confreres and the parish community of St. Andrew. He is preceded in death by his brothers: Frank "Mickey" and Br. Martin "John" McGuire, osc; and sisters: Mary Kay Quimby and Marjorie "Midge" McGuire.

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