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A popular poem entitled “The Four Candles” by the Asian Aino Makoto highlights the importance that hope plays in our lives.  It has the four candles (Peace, Faith, Love, Hope) in conversation, with the first three in turn acknowledging that they are no longer valued by today’s world.    One by one, the light of these three candles diminishes and then goes out completely.  A child suddenly enters the room and, seeing the three candles no longer burning, begins to cry, “Why are you not burning? You are supposed to stay lit until the end!” Then the fourth candle speaks gently to the child, “Don’t be afraid, for I am Hope, and while I still burn, we can re-light the other candles.”  Read More >

Bishop Robert McGuckin
Bishop of Toowoomba – April 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.

  • Plenary Council - Local Voices Telling Local Stories

    Listening to what the Spirit is saying in our Diocese as the Plenary Council Listening and Dialogue part of the journey comes to a close. Story page 10

  • New Face at Catholic Mission

    The Toowoomba Diocese welcomes Emily Connors as the local face of Catholic Missions.  Story page 6

  • Sacred Heart Toowoomba 50 Years of Education

    Sacred Heart Primary School Toowoomba celebrated 50 years of education in the most creative and colourful way possible.  Story page 32


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.