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The theme for the Year of Youth is “Open New Horizons for Spreading Joy: Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment”. The experience of resurrection for the disciples of Jesus enabled them to move beyond closed doors into territory totally unfamiliar to them. In our desire to welcome young people into our community, how open are we to new possibilities, or do we expect the young simply to conform to our understanding of how things should be, because this is how they have been in our lifetime? Indeed, how open are we to the mystery of Christ’s Resurrection, allowing ourselves to be touched and transformed so that we are able to open both personally and as Church to New Horizons?    Read More >

Bishop Robert McGuckin
Bishop of Toowoomba – Message for Easter, March 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.

  • Opening the Door for all to Know Jesus

    SPecial Religious Development (SPRED) has been running in the Toowoomba Diocese for over 30 years and continues to be a vibrant and important ministry. Toowoomba is the only Diocese in Australia to pick up the full SPRED ministry as started by the Chicago Diocese, USA. Loretta Coman, Diocesan SPRED Coordinator, has written for Horizons before about the activities and face of SPRED. This time we asked Loretta to delve a little deeper, and so this issue we take a look at some of the principles and theology behind SPRED’s ministry. Shining a light on how we can all take on board this ‘theology of accessibility’.

  • Celebrating our Clergy

    We highlight some of our clergy’s milestone birthdays and ministry in this issue of Horizons with communities celebrating special moments and celebrating their gratitude towards their priests. They are beloved and appreciated leaders of our parishes and are passionate, spiritual men who are “shepherds for their flock”.

  • Plenary Council 2020 Announced

    Pope Francis has given his approval for the Catholic Church to hold the first Plenary Council in Australia in more than 80 years.

    “The Council will be a unique opportunity for people to come together and listen to God in all the ways God speaks to us, and in particular by listening to one another as together we discern what God is asking of us at this time – a time when the Church in Australia is facing significant challenges.” said Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, chair of the Bishops Commission for the Plenary Council.


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.