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There is probably no better known Gospel story than Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan. We often hear the term used in news reports of unnamed people stepping into a situation of danger and showing compassion and concrete care. This year the Australian Bishops have focused on the theme of homelessness in our annual Social Justice Statement. It is titled, “A Place to Call Home Making a Home for Everyone on Our Land.” The statement starts with the parable of the Good Samaritan. The latest Census figures tell us that there are more than 116,000 Australians who are homeless. This is simply unacceptable in a country as rich and well-resourced as ours. Read More >

Bishop Robert McGuckin
Bishop of Toowoomba – August 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.

  • Mary: Heavenly Advocate for our Diocese

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of Mary of the Southern Cross named as the Patron of the Diocese of Toowoomba, and the story is a little bit more complicated than the question that set the wheels in motion. An interesting look at the process of how she was chosen, the significance of Mary under this title and how a patron is made.

  • Sowing Seeds, Fostering Vocations

    Fr Gonzalo Garcia Duran, one of our Vocations Directors, reflects on the parallels between vocations to the priesthood and the harvest.

  • Diocesan Pastoral Plan Launched

    Nearly a year in the planning and consultation process, the Diocesan Pastoral Plan and accompanying document, the Diocesan Action Plan, are ready for implementation throughout the Diocese. Read about how the wheels are already in motion to move a Key Pastoral Direction forward.


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.