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Funeral Is Monday For Retired Springfield Bishop Maguire

a portrait of Springfield Bishop emeritus Joseph Maguire

A funeral will be held Monday for retired Springfield Bishop Joseph Maguire.

The funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. at Saint Michael’s Cathedral –the mother church of the Springfield Diocese.  Bishop Mitchell Rozanski said the service will be a fitting tribute to the beloved spiritual leader who was known as the “people’s bishop.”

" We will follow Bishop Maguire's  plans for those funeral services," said Rozanski

A spokesman for the diocese said there will be ample seating inside the cathedral and there will be an overflow viewing area.  A tribute page has been created on Facebook for  people to share memories about Maguire who was bishop from 1977 through 1991.

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