Father Andrew McGuire, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1892-1955)

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Born Thomas McGuire on December 12, 1892 in Hoboken, New Jersey, he was the son of Charles and Catherine Scanlon McGuire. He attended Our Lady of Grace Church where he met the Passionists. He went to the Passionist Preparatory Seminary at St. Mary’s, Dunkirk, New York and then went to the novitiate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He professed his vows on May 26, 1912 and was ordained on December 18, 1920 at St. Michael’s Church, West Hoboken, New Jersey. From 1923 until 1924 he was a seminary professor. From 1925 until 1926 he was Director of Laymen Retreats, St. Paul’s Monastery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and from 1926 until 1929 he held the same position at St. Gabriel’s, Brighton, Massachusetts. He then was vicar of St. Michael’s Monastery, Union City, New Jersey from 1930 until 1932. At that point he went to the diocese of Marquette, Michigan to assist Bishop Paul J. Nussbuam, C.P. Once things became more stable in that diocese, Father McGuire returned to the province and was a preacher of retreats and missions. While he was preaching at St. Patrick’s Church, Montreal, Canada on March 30, 1955 (this was a church that in the early 1900s had been offered to the care of the Passionists), he felt pains in his chest. A week later he died.