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Message from our Bishop: Look, Listen, Learn

I have given myself these three words as I take up my role as your new Bishop. Firstly, I look to discover and understand something of your history and way of life from the city of Toowoomba right out to our most Western community. Secondly, I listen to your story and the way the faith is lived within the multiple communities that make up the diocese. Finally, I hope to learn from all of this so that I can be an effective “shepherd” of the Lord’s flock. As I said in my first homily: For me, now is the time for me to learn more of your life and to grow in a deeper appreciation of this great history of times, places and people. My first task is to get to know you and to do as Pope Francis urges us to do, to listen deeply to your story and to grow in love of the people entrusted to my care. I have much to discover…

Read Bishop Ken’s full message on page 3 of the latest issue of Horizons >>

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.

  • Welcome Bishop Ken Howell

    From the day of the official announcement by Pope Francis on 24 May 2023, preparations were underway to welcome a new bishop. The Holy Father appointed Bishop Ken Howell, formerly an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Brisbane, as the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Toowoomba.
    Read more about Bishop Ken’s Installation on page 6

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Most Reverend Ken Howell DD SLL

Kenneth Michael Howell was born on 20 February 1958, the son of Jack and Betty Howell. He is brother to Rodney, Janet and Gavin.

He was educated at St Columba’s Primary School, Wilston and St James College, Fortitude Valley, and joined Queensland Rail after his school years, working as a clerk in the Chief Engineers Office.

In 1977, he entered Pius XII Regional Seminary at Banyo and was ordained a Priest on 24 June 1983. From 1983 to 1994, he worked as Assistant Priest in the Parishes of Noosa Districts and Burleigh Heads and at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane.

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.