Edward McGuire, OFM
1912 – 2002
Fr. Edward McGuire, OFM, was born on Sept. 18, 1912 in Wilmington, Del., and baptized James. He entered St. Joseph Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., and was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1933. Fr. Edward professed simple vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1937, and was ordained in 1940.
He served as an instructor at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., from 1943 to 1946, and then at St. Joseph Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., from 1946 to 1956, where he taught mainly English and Latin. Fr. Edward was assigned pastor of St. George Parish in Jeffersonville, N.Y., where he co-founded the parish elementary school. From 1956 to 1958, he taught at St. Francis College in Rye Beach, N.H.
Fr. Edward then served as pastor and guardian at St. Joseph Parish in East Rutherford, N.J. In 1964, he was transferred to St. Francis of Assisi Parish, New York City, where he served in various roles, including as associate and vicar, until he retired in 1995 to St. Anthony’s Friary in Butler, N.J. In 1998, Fr. Edward was transferred to Holy Name Friary in Ringwood, N.J.
He died on Oct. 30, 2002 at Holy Name Friary. Fr. Edward was 90 years old, a professed friar for 68 years and a priest for 62 years.