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+Father James Daniel McGuire, OAR- Official Death Notice PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 23:33

September 27, 2017

To all Religious of the Order

Dear Brothers,

It is my duty to officially notify you that FATHER JAMES DANIEL MCGUIRE, OAR, died at Rio Hondo Convalescent Hospital in Montebello, California. on September 8, 2017, as a result of a heart attack. He was 88 years old.

Father James was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on January 20, 1929. On August 31, 1946, he entered the Novitiate at Saint Augustine Monastery in Kansas City, Kansas, and on September 1, 1947, made his simple profession there. He completed his philosophical studies at the same monastery in Kansas City, where he also made his solemn profession on September 1, 1950. He completed his theological studies at Tagaste Monastery, Suffern, New York, and on September 13, 1953, he was ordained a deacon there. On May 29, 1954, he was ordained a priest at Sacred Heart Parish, Suffern, New York, by Most Reverend James H. Griffiths.

After his ordination to the priesthood, he was sent for post-graduate studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., where he obtained his doctorate in Canon Law (1954-1957). From 1957-1959, he was made prefect of discipline at Tagaste Monastery, Suffern, New York. In 1960, he was appointed provincial secretary until 1966. From 1966- 1968, he was named principal of Stamford Catholic High School in Connecticut. Then, he was appointed provincial procurator (1969-1972), while at the same time, serving as prior of Stamford Catholic High School in Connecticut (1966-1972). In July of 1972, he was elected Prior Provincial of the Province of Saint Augustine, a position he held until November of 1974, when he was elected Prior General of the Order of Augustinian Recollects (1974-1980). After serving as Prior General in Rome, Italy, he was made prior/pastor of Holy Ghost Parish in Omaha, Nebraska (1981-1986); prior of Saint Augustine Monastery, Kansas City, Kansas (1986-1987); prior/pastor of Our Lady of the Pillar Parish, Santa Ana, California (1987-1994); prior/pastor of Saint Augustine Church, Lamont, California (1994-1995); prior/pastor of Saint Mary Church, Fullerton, California (1995-1996); associate pastor of Cristo Rey Church, Los Angeles, California (1996); associate pastor of San Miguel Church, Los Angeles, California (1996-1998), and associate pastor of Saint Benedict Church, Montebello, California, from 1998 until his death.

Anyone who knew Fr. McGuire, even as an acquaintance, would concur that he was a man who never minced words. He was a “let your yes mean yes and your no mean no” person through and through.

At the same time, Fr. James stood out for his goodness and kindness. He was always carefully faithful, not only in the observance of his duties as a religious but also in his pastoral responsibilities, most especially in the confessional and among the sick. For each of his nearly nineteen years spent at Saint Benedict Parish, Fr. James visited the sick at Beverly Hospital in Montebello at least twice a week.

Fr. James constantly expressed helpfulness for the good of the Province and of the Order, dedicating many hours in the task of reviewing books, Newsletters, articles, photos, and bulletins. If there were an error cited in anything he read, Fr. James would spot it in a second!

Fr. James began his morning routine, following prayers and Mass, with a challenging crossword puzzle and he didn’t stop until it was completed! He also very much enjoyed his nightly ritual of watching “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune.”

We give thanks to God for the gift He gave us in the life of Fr. James.

Please read this letter in community, record it in the official book of death notices, and comply with the prescriptions of No. 94 of our Additional Code. May our union with our deceased brothers testify to the bonds of community.


Fr. John Michael Rafferty, OAR

Prior Provincial


Fr. Fredric Abiera, OAR

Provincial Secretary

Funeral of Fr. James McGuiire, OAR, September 15, 2017.


Last Updated on Thursday, 28 September 2017 22:04
25th Jubilee Celebration at Tagaste Monastery, New York PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:50

Frs. Fidel Hernandez and Marlon Beof celebrated their 25th anniversary of religious profession with a morning Mass in the Tagaste chapel on Saturday, September 9. Fr. Michael Rafferty, prior provincial was main celebrant and homilist with Frs. John Gruben, prior, John Oldfield, Fredric Abiera and several visiting priests as concelebrants. The Tagaste (Spanish) choir led the music including the chanting of the Litany of the Saints. Afterward SAR and Guild members enjoyed a very satisfying lunch provided by the Hispanic community.

Jubilee Mass: Frs. Michael Rafferty (c) with Frs. Marlon Beof (l) and Fidel Hernandez and concelebrating priests and servers.


Frs. Fidel (l) and Marlon renew their religious vows at Jubilee Mass.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:00
Formation Retreat in Cuernavaca, Mexico. PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 17 September 2017 03:12

As part of the process of the union of the provinces of St. Augustine and St. Nicholas of Tolentine, the Commission for the Union of both Provinces sent Fr. Fredric Abiera, OAR, to Casa de la Recoleccion in Cuernavaca, Mexico, to join the 9 postulants of Postulantado San Agustin (El Hueso, Mexico, D.F.) for their annual retreat on September 14-17, 2017. Fr. Javier Monroy, currently a General Councilor and prior of the community of Collegio Sant' Ildefonso in Rome, Italy, was the retreat master who led the talks, prayers, and sharing. The purpose of Fr. Abiera's trip, as recommended by the commission, was to get familiarized with the formation program of the Vicariate of Mexico-Costa Rica, and also as part of the interprovincial experience, even just for a few days, thus, showing a good symbol of cooperation between the two provinces as the date for the union of both provinces is getting closer (in May of 2018). Fr. Javier Acero, OAR, the vicar of the Vicariate of Mexico-Costa Rica, Fr. Oscar Castellanos, OAR, the formator of the postulants, and Fray Jorge Quiroz, OAR, recent graduate of the formation house in Las Rozas, Madrid, Spain, were also present at the retreat. The topic of the retreat was "The Augustinian experience of God." Fr. Monroy challenged all those present to examine the "desire of his heart" and "his search for the truth." Indeed, this 3-day retreat offered all those present a wonderful experience of community living and Augustinian Sprituality.




Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:02
2nd Meeting of the Commission for the Union of the Provinces of Saint Augustine and St. Nicholas PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 10 September 2017 14:39

On September 5-6, 2017, the seven members of the Commission for the Union of the Provinces of St. Nicholas and St. Augustine gathered at the Provincial Residence, St. Cloud Monastery, West Orange, New Jersey, for its second meeting. The first meeting was held in April of this year. The Prior General, Fr. Miguel Miró, OAR, led the discussions. Fr. John Michael Rafferty, OAR, Prior Provincial of St. Augustine Province, was joined by Fr. Fredric Abiera, OAR, and Fr. Marlon Beof, OAR, to represent St. Augustine Province. Fr. Sergio Sánchez, OAR, Prior Provincial of St. Nicholas Province, was joined by Fr. Rafael Mediavilla, OAR, and Fr. Benjamín Miguélez, OAR, to represent St. Nicholas Province. The commission discussed and confronted various issues related to the planned union of both provinces to pave the way for an ordered Provincial Chapter in May of 2018 and for a smooth transition to a unified province. The day after the meeting, Fr. General, accompanied by Fr. Sergio, Fr. Rafael, Fr. Benjamin, and Fr. Fredric, visited Tagaste Monastery, Suffern, New York, to meet with Fr. John Gruben, Fr. John Oldfield, and Fr. Fidel Hernández. After spending the morning at Tagaste Monastery, they joined the community of St. Nicholas Monastery, Union City, New Jersey, for lunch. Fr. Rafferty and Fr. Beof were also present at the gathering in Union City.

Members of the Commission for the union of both provinces.


during the meeting...


Members of the Commission with the community of St. Nicholas Monastery, Union City, New Jersey.


St. Augustine of Hippo and St. Nicholas of Tolentine... together!


Last Updated on Sunday, 10 September 2017 14:52
Funeral Arrangement for Father James D. McGuire, OAR PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 10 September 2017 00:34
Thursday, September 14th: Viewing at Saint Benedict Parish, Montebello, California, from 1:00PM-9:00PM, with Vigil at 7:00PM.
Friday, September 15th: Funeral Mass at 11:00AM at saint Benedict Parish, Montebello, California, followed by reception in the Parish Hall.
The burial will be in Kansas City, Kansas.
Continuing our prayers for the eternal repose of the soul of our brother, Father James D. McGuire, OAR. May he rest in peace.


Last Updated on Sunday, 10 September 2017 13:33
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