|Father Robert John "Bob" Maguire|
|Born||14 September 1934|
|Fr Bob Maguire Foundation|
Robert John "Bob" Maguire AM, RFD (born 14 September 1934 in Thornbury, Victoria) is an Australian Catholic priest, community worker and media personality from South Melbourne. Commonly known as "Father Bob", Maguire was awarded the Order of Australia in 1989. In his younger days he used to be a beekeeper, which he describes as "one of the finest periods of my life".
The Bob Squad is the Fr Bob Maguire Foundation’s volunteer fundraising and welfare provision arm that is styled on and inspired by Father Bob’s sense of revolutionary approach to social justice. Its slogan is "Viva La Bob" and makes many social and pop culture remarks that align it with the fighting spirit of other revolutionaries such as Che Guevara and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Maguire had a guest appearance on the SBS television program John Safran vs God with the Melbourne Jewish comedian John Safran. He is a co-host of Sunday Night Safran on Australian national youth radio station Triple J on Sunday nights. From November 2005 to January 2006, he joined Safran as co-host of Speaking in Tongues on SBS television.
Maguire once described his methods of preaching as "orthodox, yet unconventional". Famous for his occasional religious puns, Maguire once declared that "although we Catholic priests may have better quarters, it's the Anglicans who can afford the better halves!"
Although over 75, Maguire remains active in community work with Open Family, which he co-founded in 1978, and as president of the Bob Maguire Foundation. He also established the Emerald Hill Mission and Beyond Care. He is a patron of Dance World and the Canonical Administrator to the Galilee Regional Catholic Primary School.
On 7 September 2009 Maguire announced on his blog that he had been contacted by church authorities and asked to tender his resignation on his upcoming 75th birthday. He replied with a public announcement that he would leave the decision of whether he should stay or go to his congregation.
Maguire was finally forced to retire at age 77. He held his last church service on 29 January 2012 at St Peters and Paul's Church in South Melbourne. It was reported as "standing room only" with an attendance about 1,000.
- Fans rally to Father Bob Maguire
- Joseph, marion. "Father Bob Maguire to head Darebin's australia day celebrations". Northcote Leader.
- "2007". Sunday Night Safran.
- "Catholic Parish of Sts Peter and Paul". Retrieved 2007-12-19.
- Anderson, Paul (2004). Dirty Dozen : Melbourne's gangland killings. Hardie Grant Books. pp. 201–202. ISBN 978-1-74066-574-2.
- Devic, Aleks (29 January 2012). "Crowds fill Father Bob Maguire's church for final service". Herald Sun. Retrieved 29 January 2012. "It was standing room only at St Peters and Paul's Church in South Melbourne, with at least 1000 in attendance."
- Fr Bob Maguire Foundation
- Father Bob's blog
- Father Bob's podcast site
- Father Bob's Facebook profile
- Sunday Night Safran on Triple J
- Speaking In Tongues official website