Christendom College’s Alumni Advisory Council posthumously honored the late, beloved Dr. Brendan McGuire with the college’s Pius X Alumni Award at the end of December. The award, which is voted upon by the college’s alumni, was accepted by McGuire’s wife, Susan, in a special ceremony.
“Words cannot really express the incredible love, esteem, and affection of the entire Christendom community for our beloved Brendan McGuire,” said College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell. “Faculty member, mentor, friend, colleague…there are so many wonderful memories of what an incredible light he was for all of us.”
McGuire, an alumnus of the Class of 2003 and a professor at Christendom for nearly fifteen years, passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020, after a nearly decade-long battle with cancer. A husband, father, and lover of baseball and rugby, McGuire left behind an immense, Christ-centered legacy of love, most particularly in his wife, Susan, and his three children.
“[Susan] supported him every step of the way…your strength and of course giving him the three beautiful children that you had together — you’re a great inspiration to all of us,” said O’Donnell at the ceremony.
Christendom’s Pius X Award honors alumni who have truly embodied the mission of the college to restore all things in Christ. The Alumni Advisory Council, early in 2020, requested nominations from alumni for the award. By September, the decision was clear: Dr. Brendan McGuire was the overwhelming nomination because of his work in academia and the broader college community, and most especially because of his heroic personal example of a life centered on Christ.
The award is typically given at the college’s Homecoming, but, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the weekend was cancelled for 2020. As a result, the award had to be given posthumously.
Vince Criste, the Director of Alumni Relations, presented the award to Susan McGuire. During his presentation, Criste related emotional submissions from alumni about McGuire, driving home how much he meant to not just the immediate college community, but to the entire alumni community as well.
Quoting an alumnus, Criste said, “He was an example of Christian virtue to the broader community, who demonstrated the virtue of abandonment to Divine Providence during his long battle with cancer. We have all been touched by his work and his example. Brendan lived his life fulfilling Dr. Carroll’s belief that ‘one man can make a difference.’”
“For his devotion to Christendom and its mission, for his outstanding Catholic example, the Alumni Advisory Council is honored to bestow the 2020 Pius X Award on Brendan John Augustine McGuire. May he Rest in Peace,” concluded Criste.
Please keep praying for the McGuire family. A Family Support Fund has also been organized that can be contributed to here.
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