The following message was released by Archbishop Peter A Comensoli in response to the death of Fr Bob Maguire on Wednesday 19 April.

It has been sad news to hear of the death of Fr Bob Maguire earlier today.

Bob has been a faithful priest of the Catholic Church in Melbourne since his Ordination in 1960, and a fierce friend of the downhearted, the broken and the lost throughout his whole life.

Without a doubt, he was the ‘larrikin priest’, who had a great love for Jesus—who also lived with the outcast and the unloved.

Recent months have been a struggle for Bob in both health and relationships. We pray that he is now at peace with his Saviour and Lord.

In faith, we now entrust Bob to eternal life. May he be welcomed to the Heavenly feast.

Further details will be shared in coming days regarding funeral arrangements.