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The year 2018 is well and truly underway. January flew by and February is racing away. February 14 put us into the Season of Lent and Easter Sunday will be celebrated very early on 1 April. The Supermarkets have been anticipating Easter where Hot Cross Buns have been on display for quite some time.

May we remember that Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and conversion when we perform acts of charity in preparation for the great feast of Easter. Yes a time of Penance but one when we can give practical witness as we turn away from sin and seek to be faithful to the Gospel. Read More >

Bishop Robert McGuckin
Bishop of Toowoomba – Message for Lent, February 2018

Horizons, published by us, is our own quarterly magazine. It’s full colour and available for free across the Diocese. Horizons is an important method of communication and outreach to parishioners and the wider community. It features stories of events and projects from local parishes as well as information about ministry and services offered by Diocesan Agencies.

  • 2018: Year of Youth

    The Toowoomba Diocese has officially launched the Australian Year of Youth. Secondary students from around the Toowoomba Diocese, came together with Bishop Robert McGuckin, Frs Ray Crowley, Peter Dorfield, Hal Ranger, Jamie Collins and Gonzalo Garcia Duran for a special Mass to mark the beginning of 2018, which Australian Bishops have declared as a year to focus on the importance and life-giving presence of young people in the Church.

    Year of Youth Feature starting Page 6

  • 10 Years on for the Apology

    This year marks a decade since the formal apology by then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to the Stolen Generations on 13 February 2008. I wasn’t in Toowoomba that day but I understand a good sized crowd gathered at the Empire Church Theatre to view a public screening of the proceedings in Canberra. I’ve see many of the photos and spoken to those who were there and it seems to have been a very powerful moment in our nation’s history. There was a lightness and a real sense of healing for those gathered.

    Reflection by Mark Copland page 20

  • Western Christmas Mass Run

    Photo essay by Fr Jamie Collins, documenting the sights between Roma, Injune, Michell, Mungallala, Surat, Wallumbilla and Jackson as he did his Christmas Mass run in 2017.

    To put the journey into perspective (travel one way):
    Roma to Injune = 90km (about an hour)
    Roma to Mitchell, then Mungallala = 88km (about an hour), another 44km (about a half hour)
    Roma to Surat = 80km (a little under an hour)
    Roma to Wullumbilla, then Jackson = 41km (about half an hour), another 45km (about a half hour)

    Feature on page 39


Most Reverend Robert McGuckin DD MCL JCL

Bishop Robert McGuckin was born in 1944 in Marrickville, Sydney. His parents John and Gladys are now both deceased, as is one of his four siblings. His family comprises his eldest sister Janice, his elder brother Edward and his younger brother Patrick and their children.

The Bishop received his early education at St Pius Primary School in Enmore and later at De La Salle College in Marrickville.

After he left school, the family moved to Jannali in Sutherland shire where he became a foundation member of the Como-Oyster Bay-Jannali Catholic Youth Organisation. He worked for several years in banking before entering the seminary at Saint Columba’s College in Springwood in 1967 and then to Saint Patrick’s College in Manly as a candidate for ordination for the Archdiocese of Sydney and was duly ordained in 1973 by Archbishop James Carroll.

The Bishop’s Coat of Arms

The Bishop’s Coat of Arms traditionally consists of two halves. The left half is the crest of the Diocese, the right, of the Bishop himself.