Fr. McGuire Installed as Pastor

From the Steubenville Herald Star:

STEUBENVILLE – The Triumph of the Cross parish has a pastor and will set about the work of building a new cathedral for the Catholic Diocese of Steubenville. Bishop R. Daniel Conlon installed the Rev. Timothy McGuire as founding pastor of new parish Sunday, October 30, at Holy Name Cathedral.

Triumph of the Cross parish was established by Conlon on Sept. 14, the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. When the parish’s new church building is completed, six Steubenville parishes (Holy Rosary, St. Pius X, St. Stanislaus, St. Anthony, Holy Name and Servants of Christ the King) will be merged into the Triumph of the Cross Parish.

“The pastor of any Catholic parish is installed in a public rite of the Church. However, since this will be our new cathedral, and since it is a significant moment in the history of the Catholic Church in Steubenville, this event takes on added significance,” McGuire said.

The installation, which took place after the homily of the Mass, included McGuire making a public profession of faith and taking the Oath of Fidelity. McGuire explained that these two statements are a pastor’s public statement of his commitment to maintain communion with the Church. That unity is both in doctrine and in practice.

“The profession of faith and the Oath of Fidelity are my promises to teach what the Church teaches, to preach the word of God faithfully and to celebrate the sacraments with reverence,” McGuire added.

McGuire was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Steubenville on June 30, 1984. He was principal of Catholic Central High School from 1999 to 2003. Triumph of the Cross is his fourth pastorate. Previously, he had been pastor of Servants of Christ the King in Steubenville, Sacred Heart Church in Neffs and St. John Vianney Church in Powhatan Point.

McGuire, a native of Mingo Junction, will remain administrator of Holy Rosary. As pastor of Triumph of the Cross, Bishop Conlon has given him three charges: To form one new community from the six closing parishes, to build a new church for that new community, and to implement the Pastoral Plan for the City of Steubenville. The plan was accepted by the bishop and put into effect for the whole city this past summer.

The plan not only includes the call for the new parish and cathedral but also for changes in Catholic spiritual life to build a more vibrant, socially aware and active faith community.
Even though he was installed Sunday, he began his new assignment effective Sept. 14 He has formed a building committee and the finance council for the new parish.

“These two committees have been meeting jointly for a month. We have focused our discussions on general principals so far, like what a parish church should be, how should it be designed and used,” McGuire said. “Starting in November we will begin more practical discussions. We will hire an architect, choose the site, begin designs and estimate costs. These things are not done yet. We hope that by spring we can present a design and cost projections to the bishop and parishioners.

“The committees are working hard. There is representation from each of the six closing parishes. Together they possess a great deal of talent and a wealth of creativity. And, they are excited,” McGuire said.

“One of the committee members commented at our first meeting: ‘We have an awesome privilege. How many people get the opportunity to be a part of the building of a new parish, and a cathedral at that?’

“I am excited, too. I keep reminding my new parishioners of the words of our late and beloved Holy Father, John Paul II: ‘Put out into the deep!’

“These words [of Jesus] ring out for us today, and they invite us to remember the past with gratitude, to live in the present with enthusiasm and to look forward to the future with confidence,” McGuire said.

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