The Rev. John Christopher McGuire, former Pastor of St. Colman's Church, East Kingston, died Wednesday, March 23, 2011.
He was born in the Yorkville section of Manhattan, a son of the late John and Mary O'Neill McGuire.
Fr. McGuire received a B.A. from Catholic University in Washington, DC, and a Masters Degree in History from Manhattan College in New York City. He taught at the Brothers of the Christian Schools at St. Jerome's in Melrose, Bronx from 1947 - 1976. In 1949 he made his perpetual vows as a Christian Brother.
He received a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. He served as Cottage Supervisor and Group Home Administrator at the DeLaSalle Brothers' Lincoln Hall School in Westchester from 1952 - 1976.
Receiving a Masters Degree in Theology from St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie, Father McGuire was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest at St. Patrick's Cathedral on November 3, 1979 by Terrence Cardinal Cooke.
Fr. McGuire served as Parochial Vicar at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in New Dorp, Staten Island from 1979 - 1986. He served at St. Colman's Church, East Kingston from 1986 till retirement as Pastor in January 2002. In his retirement he served as a weekend assistant at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Highlands, NJ till April 2009.
He was predeceased by his two brothers William McGuire in 1951 and James McGuire in 1990.
Surviving are one niece and one nephew, cousins Maureen and Patrick O'Connor and their children Ciara and Martin O'Connor of Pallas Green, County Limerick, Ireland , Agnes Shug of Long Island, NY, William and Mary Finn of Miami, FL, Phyllis and Donal O'Kelly, Mary McGrath of Limerick, Ireland, and Robert Stallings of California.
Fr. McGuire will lie in state at St. Colman's Church, East Kingston on Wednesday from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. The Mass of the Holy Eucharist will then be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Colman's Church. Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Raymond's Cemetery, Bronx.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to De La Salle Hall, 810 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738 or St. Joseph's Seminary, 201 Seminary Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704.