SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – One of western Massachusetts’ most beloved spiritual leaders has died. Joseph Maguire, Bishop Emeritus of the Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese has died.
Joseph Maguire was born in the Roxbury section of Boston in 1919. Maguire, the son of a Boston police detective spent his early life excelling in sports.
Western Massachusetts Roman Catholics embraced him as one of their own when in 1977, Bishop Maguire succeeded the ailing Bishop Christopher Weldon. Maguire displayed the humility which was to endeared him until the end of his life, saying he was awed by this honor. Among his proudest honors during his years as Bishop was the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade Committee naming him a John F. Kennedy award recipient.
Bishop Maguire served the Springfield Diocese with distinction until his retirement in February of 1992 when he became Bishop emeritus of the four county western Massachusetts diocese. From then, up until the time of his death, the Bishop would grace numerous Roman Catholic events.
The years would not diminish his sense of humor, nor the camaraderie he felt for everyone. Even during that time of personal pain during the clergy sex scandal, the bishop’s candor remained undiminished. Bishop Joseph Maguire spent a lifetime in the service of people.
The western Massachusetts Roman Catholics are grateful the bishop spent so much of his life touching their lives.