Friends and former colleagues of Canon Peter Maguire gathered on Thursday 12th May 2016 to give thanks and to celebrate his time at Catholic Care as he retired as a Trustee after 34 years dedicated service.
Canon Maguire started his association with the Charity in 1982 when he was appointed Administrator (CEO), following in the very large footsteps of Mgr. John Murphy. He continued in this role for 10 years and oversaw major changes in the services delivered by the Charity. This was a great time of change in the care of children and he had the unenviable task of closing a number of residential children’s homes as children’s care moved out into the community with fostering being the preferred option. Canon Maguire was also visionary and saw the opportunity presented by the Care in the Community Act to open small group homes for adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues. The Charity therefore changed its objects to allow it to not only care for children but adults as well. These services continue successfully today.
The day started with a very moving Mass of thanksgiving in the Hinsley Hall Chapel celebrated by Bishop Marcus who is Chair of Catholic Care’s Trustees. A fellow Trustee, Mgr. Peter Rosser, delivered the homily where he spoke warmly of Canon Maguire’s wisdom and above all courage. Bishop Marcus kindly hosted a lunch at Bishop’s House giving the opportunity for old friends to catch up and reminisce of their time with Catholic Care.
Carol Hill, current Director of Catholic Care, gave a short speech in which she thanked Canon Maguire for introducing her to the Charity and for all he had done both as Administrator and Trustee. She confirmed he really had made such a positive difference to people’s lives. She presented him with a card and travel voucher as a token of thanks and appreciation.
Canon Maguire entertained us all with stories from the past. He was very appreciative of the celebrations. This was a very dignified way to say goodbye to something which has been so important and dear to him over the past 34 years. The smile on his face said it all.