BiographyFr. Anthony E. McGuire
Director, Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees
United States Catholic Conference, Migration & Refugee Services
Educational Background: Father Anthony E. McGuire graduated from St. Joseph's College in Mountain View, Calif., in 1959. He was ordained from St. Patrick's Seminary in 1965, where he received a master of divinity degree. He holds a master's degree in religious education from the University of San Francisco and a doctorate in ministry from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif.
I am a priest of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. I have been ordained for 34 years and worked in all sorts of parishes with all sorts of people, three times as a parochial vicar and twice as a pastor. In that time I have learned Spanish and some Cantonese (enough to say Mass and preach). I have learned to counsel, to speak in public, to administer a large multiethnic parish with all sorts of building problems and personnel questions, and to lead people into a deeper prayer life both personally and through the community Liturgy. I pastored a parish with a large gay community and helped the community respond to an AIDS crisis in a resourceful, creative and spiritual way. Besides parish work, I was the first director of a coordinating office for Hispanics and the first Secretary for Ethnic and Cultural Affairs for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Much of my pastoral ministry has dealt with responding to ethnic communities in ways which are respectful of their culture and helpful for their integration to the life of the Church and community. I have been director of PCMR since October 1998.
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