November 26: Father Francis McGuire


November 26, 1940

Father Francis McGuire

Father McGuire was born in Syracuse, New York, on February 22, 1870. He studied at St. Francis Xavier’s College, Syracuse, New York, and at Woodstock, Maryland. In 1901 he entered the major seminary at Rochester, New York, and was ordained for the Diocese of Wichita in 1906. Father McGuire had six assignments during his 23 years as a priest in the diocese: Strong City; Iola (16 years); Cherryvale; Mercy Hospital, Fort Scott; Walnut; and Fulton. He died at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Kansas City on November 26, 1940 and Bishop Winkelmann celebrated his funeral Mass on November 30th in St. Patrick’s Church, Fulton. “He had a strong leaning towards mechanics and spent many of his leisure hours tinkering in his workshop. In his later years, Father McGuire was handicapped in his work by poor health, but he never complained and plugged along doggedly.” (The Advance Register, Dec. 6, 1940)