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From our Bishop

On 25 June 2022 I was privileged to ordain Fathers Nathan Webb and Brian Redondo to the priesthood at St Patrick’s Cathedral Toowoomba. God willing, they will celebrated their silver jubilees of priesthood in 2047 and their golden jubilees of priesthood in 2072.

We have Father Mick McClure celebrating 60 years of priesthood; with Fathers Peter Dorfield, Michael Cooney, Ray Crowley, Jack Peard, Rod MacGinley, Ray Johnson and Sean Lynskey celebrating 50 years; and Father Shane Carr celebrating 25 years. We rejoice in this and give thanks for them.

Read Bishop Robert’s full message in the latest issue of Horizons >

Bishop Robert McGuckin
Bishop of Toowoomba
December 2021

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.

  • Ordination Joy for the Diocese

    On Saturday morning, June 25, hundreds of people were drawn from all points of the diocese to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Toowoomba to witness the Ordination to the Priesthood of Fr. Brian Redondo and Fr. Nathan Webb. The joyful occasion was also streamed live around the world allowing those unable to attend, including family members affected by travel restrictions, to be part of the special day.
    Read more about Frs Brian and Nathan’s Ordination on page 4

  • St Vincent's Centenary

    The colourful story of St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba began in 1920 when Archbishop Dr Duhig and Rev. Monsignor Fouhy invited the Religious Sisters of Charity in Sydney to look into the possibility of establishing a hospital in Toowoomba. Two sisters, Mother Mary Berchmans Daly and Sister Mary Raphael, were sent to find a suitable site and they purchased land fronting Mackenzie and Herries Streets.
    Read more about St Vincent’s Hospital’s Centenary on page 8

  • Reflecting on the Plenary Council

    At the conclusion of First Assembly of Plenary Council I reflected on the deep listening that was required of both individuals and the Church as we moved into the Second Assembly. Individually and collectively there were many issues placed at the foot of the cross as we could not carry them alone. And I was hopeful of the resurrection.
    Read more about reflections on the Second Plenary Council on page 12

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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.