Father Richard McGuire from Mepkin Abbey dies at age 94

MONCKS CORNERTrappist Father Richard McGuire died peacefully at Mepkin Abbey during the night on the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, May 24, 2020. He was 94.

Father Richard

The son of Margaret and Louis McGuire, Father Richard was born June 22, 1926, in Omaha, Neb.

He entered Mepkin Abbey on Jan. 2, 1952, and made his solemn profession on April 29, 1954. Ordained a priest on March 13, 1957, he served the community in many ways, including as sacristan, and as prior for many years. In 1994, Father Richard was named chaplain to Mepkin’s daughter house, Our Lady of Hope in Esmeraldas, Ecuador, where he served the sisters there for 25 years. He returned to Mepkin in November 2018.

Father Richard is survived by his brother, Terry McGuire; sister in law, Shirley McGuire; nephew, Timothy McGuire; and many cousins.

A private Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in the Mepkin Abbey Church on May 25.