Cyril McGuire, OFM
1896 – 1948
Fr. Cyril McGuire, OFM, was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on March 11, 1896. A veteran of World War I, he graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., before he entered the Province’s novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J. in 1920.
Fr. Cyril professed temporary vows in 1921 and solemn vows in 1924. He was ordained a priest May 29, 1927, at St. Bonaventure Church in Allegany, N.Y.
After studying in Rome and Jerusalem, Fr. Cyril became a lecturer of Sacred Scripture, teaching and serving at St. Anthony Parish in Butler, N.J.
After teaching at St. Stephen Friary in Croghan, N.Y., Fr. Cyril taught at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., beginning in 1937. He later became the vice president and founded Sigma Omega, the night school’s student organization.
He served as secretary to the Provincial Minister, and then returned to Siena where he served as the vice president and the chairman of the arts department.
McGuire Hall stands on the Siena Campus, named in memory of Fr. Cyril.
He died Sept. 14, 198, at Siena. Fr. Cyril was 52 years old, a professed friar for 27 years and a priest for 21 years.