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The upcoming Year of Youth calls the entire Church to accompany young people as maturing disciples from school to young adulthood, to help them find their place in the Church and the world.

It calls young people to be more involved in their faith community, to grow in understanding and expressing who they are as the Church of today and tomorrow. The Year of Youth also coincides with the 10th anniversary of World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney.

In December the Australian Catholic Youth Festival will officially launch the Year of Youth. The festival, established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, is a national gathering of Catholic young people. Read More >

Bishop Robert McGuckin
Bishop of Toowoomba – May 2017

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.

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    Hi, I’m India (Indi!) Thompson and I‘m a Residential Advisor at Concannon College for 2017. I have been a proud green crocodile for three years and have previously held volunteer leadership positions within our Resident Student Club (RSC) as Secretary and then President. 

  • DISCIPLESHIP BEYOND THE CATHOLIC CONVEYOR BELT

    The trend of declining participation in the life of Australian parishes tells us that we can no longer rely on a ‘conveyer belt’ which was presumed to take Catholics from the cradle to the grave in faith, the assumption that a Catholic baptism and the mere fact of going to a Catholic school…

  • PASTORAL CARERS CONTINUE TO SUPPORT

    Toowoomba Hospital Ecumenical Pastoral Carers wear a uniform that says, “May we always know Hope”. As joyful Easter people, we celebrate daily the risen Jesus; the hope alive in our hearts. We have many opportunities to hold the hope for the lives of people.

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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.

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