75 years of love still growing

Sep 19, 2023
Kathleen and Francis McGuire married 75 years ago, during World War II. Although Kathleen is Episcopal, she agreed to marry in the Catholic church and raise her children Catholic. All four of the McGuire’s children attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Melbourne. COURTESY

MELBOURNE  |  With 75 years and counting together, Francis (Frank) and Kathleen McGuire are a testament that forever love is possible. The couple, who are both World War II veterans said, “a love of learning, a love of laughing, and love of faith in God the Father and Jesus” are the ingredients fomenting joy and a deep love for one another. Because Kathleen is Episcopalian Frank noted, “Respect, including respecting each other’s religion” is key. While Frank offered

A recent photo of Kathleen and Francis Maguire. All four of the Maguire’s children graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Melbourne. (COURTESY)

his accounting services to the parish, Kathleen honored her “commitment to their vows, including the vow to raise all their children Catholic.” Their four children — Kenneth, Anne, Michael and Rosemary — graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School and five grandchildren received their Sacraments at the parish. On Sept. 4, 2023, Father Tom Walden, the parish’s parochial administrator, honored the couple with a special blessing.

By Glenda Meekins of the Florida Catholic staff, September 14, 2023