2011 VIC Senior Australian of the Year Finalist
Member of the Order of Australia for service to homeless youth through the Open Family Foundation
One of Australia’s best-loved priests, the irrepressible Father Bob Maguire AM RFD has devoted his life to upholding the dignity and social rights of our most vulnerable citizens. Through his many social investments – Open Family Australia, Emerald Hill Mission, Beyond Care and the Father Bob Maguire Foundation – Bob has selflessly helped thousands of people.
The Father Bob Foundation is a comprehensive provider of community services. They provide food assistance, housing assistance and education to the community. Their community meals program provides meals 5 nights a week and a community pantry program providing hampers of grocery items, fresh fruit and vegetables to Melbourne’s most vulnerable families.
Famously proactive in making sure his message is heard, many will recognise Father Bob from many appearances in Australian media. A long-time intellectual sparring partner with John Safran, the duo appeared on Triple J’s Sunday Night Safran for ten years. His life and continuing battles against the Vatican were explored in the 2013 feature documentary In Bob We Trust.
Reviewed 30 September 2019