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In the last few months the world has witnessed scenes of utter madness with the wilful acts of fanatics taking the lives of innocent and defenceless people. The events in Christchurch New Zealand and in Sri Lanka will remain in our minds for many years. In the midst of these tragedies people of diverse faiths have come together in solidarity with one another.

Following the events in Christchurch our local community gathered at the Garden City Mosque. This was a visible sign of the reality that we share a common humanity and that we strive to make our part of the world one of welcome and of our working together as good citizens. Read More >

Bishop Robert McGuckin
Bishop of Toowoomba – May 2019

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.

  • Catholic Women Stirring the Waters

    What is the Spirit saying to women of the Catholic Church in Australia? Story page 18

  • Cross Campus Chaplaincy

    Cross Campus Chaplain, Ryan Baines, shares what his ministry with St Mary’s College, St Saviour’s College, Mary MacKillop Catholic College and the Youth and Community Learning Centre is all about. Story page 36

  • Chinchilla 100 Years Young

    Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Chinchilla celebrate 100 years as a community. Story page 41


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.