Joseph Francis Maguire

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The Most Reverend
Joseph Francis Maguire
Bishop of Springfield in Massachusetts
See Springfield in Massachusetts
Installed October 15, 1977
Term ended December 27, 1991
Predecessor Christopher Joseph Weldon
Successor John Aloysius Marshall
Other posts Auxiliary Bishop of Boston (1972-76)
Ordination June 29, 1945
Consecration February 2, 1972
Personal details
Born (1919-09-04) September 4, 1919 (age 94)
Boston, Massachusetts
Denomination Roman Catholic Church

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


Joseph 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]

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Episcopal lineage
Consecrated by: Humberto Sousa Medeiros
Consecrator of
Bishop Date of consecration
Leo Edward O'Neil 22 August 1980
Thomas Ludger Dupré 31 May 1990

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