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Father Bob 'afraid of the unknown'

Posted by: 3AW Radio | 27 January, 2012 - 11:47 AM
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SUNDAY: Father Bob Maguire has been farewell by around 1,500 people at his final mass at the South Melbourne Parish on Sunday.

Fr. Bob said he almost cried when Emmanuel Kelly sung Amazing Grace.

Scroll down below Friday's video to hear Father Bob speak to 3AW on Sunday after his big day


FRIDAY: Father Bob Maguire admitted he's 'afraid of the unknown' as he winds down his final days as the South Melbourne Parish Priest.

The unconventional but popular Priest will conduct his last mass this Sunday in front of a fully packed house of loving supporters. 

Bob will have until the clock strikes midnight on February 1st to clear out his office.

"I'm Bob Maguire but I might need to find that out now," Bob put it bluntly to Neil Mitchell in the 3AW Studio.

"At 77 years of age I suddenly need to reinvent myself."

Asked what he'd like to happen in a perfect world, Bob said he'd love to run another Church if Archbishop Hart sees it fit.  However, Bob, Neil and listeners know such an endorsement is highly unlikely. 

"I've been bullied, no doubt, but I don't hold any bitterness towards anyone," he humbly said.

Watch Father Bob's interview with Neil Mitchell below.



PLAY: Father Bob speaks to 3AW on Sunday Morning

Why Father Bob's work is so important

Father Bob MUST LISTEN: Neil Mitchell chased up a difficult story after a man, known as 'Luke 827', passed away following a long battle with mental health and drugs. Father Bob Maguire had been helping the troubled man for around 30 years.


3AW Mornings with Neil Mitchell

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Blog comments Your Say

  • Mmmmm. Interesting. I once worked with Father Bob at the street kids organisation he was involved with then. I chose to leave. Nice man but with a scant regard for everyday 'financial accountability'. I do believe the Catholic Church may be being very kind to him by stating he's being retired because of his 'grand age'. Good luck Bob. Best wishes on this new adventure. You're a survivor with a myriad of supporters.

    Cathy Monday 30 January, 2012 - 11:04 AM
  • For years now, it's all about Bob McGuire. Just as it's all about Les Twentyman. And it's all about Noel McNamara. Dudes think they are bigger and more important than what they represent. And 3aw/Herald-Sun just love making them heroes, just as they did with Bruce Ruxton. But oddly, Tim Costello has never been revered by the conservative, white bread media.

    Craig Monday 30 January, 2012 - 10:06 AM
  • Good luck Bob.You'll be right,your a top guy and have done a heap for so many.
    Ignore these people with the negative statements,you've done more good than they could ever dream of.
    All the best

    Robbie...D Sunday 29 January, 2012 - 5:27 AM
  • Show me the money!

    Elmos Nemesis Saturday 28 January, 2012 - 11:58 AM
  • kimmy 1, Fr Bob would have a better understanding of the 'real world' than most of us.

    Lukew Saturday 28 January, 2012 - 1:25 AM
  • pull your head in poor poor

    craig Friday 27 January, 2012 - 5:20 PM

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