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Bishop Robert McGuckin’s Easter Message

At the beginning of Lent, I commented: “What a start to the year!” Tragedies with families devastated through the actions of others, bushfires, drought and coronavirus, which we now call COVID-19.

Many have commented that we are in unchartered waters. Federal and State laws have been enacted limiting the movement of peoples and even restricting the celebration of Mass, Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals. Health Authorities remind us of the necessity for these restrictions so that lives may be saved and the Pandemic overcome.

In these times may we truly be faith-filled and hope-filled people. Read More >

Bishop Robert McGuckin
Bishop of Toowoomba
1 April 2020

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.

  • Festival Pilgrims Called to Listen to the Spirit

    Thousands of young people from across the country converged on Perth for the 2019 Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF). Around 5,500 attendees spent three days in December reflecting on the biblical exhortation to “Listen to what the Spirit is saying”. The festival combines traditional and innovative approaches to help young people better understand the Catholic faith.

  • Seeking a Holistic Peace

    All of us have some sense of what is peaceful and what is not. This sense is born from experience of strife among ourselves, within our nation and on the international stage. Most of us do not like conflict. We want to live with as little conflict as possible and to have the opportunity to get on with our own lives.

  • History Lives on

    Ian Bonaccorso, born and bred in Stanthorpe Parish, first travelled in 2014 to the Italian town of Montecarotta to the birthplace of Fr Jerome Davadi to delicately add truth and meaning to the book, “Davadi: Fruit, Wine and Religion”.

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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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