Hundreds turned out today in Springfield for a final farewell to a beloved spiritual leader in western Massachusetts.
The Catholic funeral mass filled with ancient rituals and symbols, hymns, and scripture readings was a moving tribute to the long life of the man known as the “people’s Bishop”—Joseph Maguire, who died last week at 95.
600 people filled Saint Michael’s Cathedral in downtown Springfield for the service, which lasted about 90 minutes. Philip Waystack, a nephew of Maguire’s, said nothing made his “uncle Joe” happier than being among people.
It's been just over six months since North Adams Regional Hospital closed. In May, Berkshire Health Systems opened a satellite emergency facility and in September the Pittsfield-based company purchased the hospital campus.
A funeral will be held Monday for retired Springfield Bishop Joseph Maguire.
The funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. at Saint Michael’s Cathedral –the mother church of the Springfield Diocese. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski said the service will be a fitting tribute to the beloved spiritual leader who was known as the “people’s bishop.”
" We will follow Bishop Maguire's plans for those funeral services," said Rozanski
Connecticut’s Department of Transportation says the $567 million bus-only corridor between Hartford and New Britain will begin operating in late March. The DOT is planning a series of informational meetings throughout central Connecticut in December and January.