WASHINGTON (June 30, 1998) -- Fr. Anthony E. McGuire, a priest of the San Francisco Archdiocese, has been named director of Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees at the U.S. Catholic Conference.
Before his current assignment as pastor of the multi-ethnic parish of St. Anne of the Sunset, where he has served since 1995, Fr. McGuire has had a number of posts working with migrants and refugees. He served a three-year term as a Maryknoll Associate Priest in Hong Kong where he learned Cantonese and worked among Vietnamese refugees. He is also fluent in Spanish and served as the Vicar for the Spanish speaking in Santa Clara County (CA) from 1973 to 1977, and as the coordinator of the Hispanic apostolate in San Francisco. From 1981 to 1984, he was served as the first Secretary of Ethnic and Cultural Affairs for the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees (PCMR), a unit of USCC's Office of Migration and Refugee Services, coordinates the pastoral outreach of the Church to new arrivals to the United States and other people on the move, like migrant farmworkers and circus workers. Through a network of pastoral centers and diocesan personnel ministering to a variety of ethnic groups and other migrants, PCMR addresses several mandates including providing language and culturally appropriate liturgical and religious education materials and assisting with leadership development within particular ethnic communities.
"We are looking forward to Fr. McGuire's arrival," said Mark Franken, Executive Director of MRS, in announcing Fr. McGuire's appointment to PCMR. "His work among the Spanish speaking population in California and his experiences in Hong Kong will be tremendous assets for his new work in the Office of Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees. We have all been impressed by his commitment to serving the needs of the 'stranger among us.'"
Fr. McGuire succeeds Sr. Suzanne Hall, of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, who left PCMR in January. He begins his new duties October 1.