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From our Bishop

No one can say 2020 has been like every other year. We live in very strange times. This was most noticeable when everything was shut down around Holy Week and Easter. Despite the locked doors, we were able to live stream the ceremonies from the Cathedral. Even with live streaming, we have missed greeting people face-to-face and sharing our stories. With the closure of churches and schools earlier in the year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the autumn edition of Horizons wasn’t published.

The celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation was suspended in April. This has meant I haven’t been able to visit many parishes and meet you. Confirmations have now been rescheduled, but with a limitation on numbers. In contrast, a parish may have had required only one or two celebrations for Confirmation; they will now require two or even four celebrations. Read More >

Bishop Robert McGuckin
Bishop of Toowoomba
August 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.

  • Online Lifeline During Lockdown

    The swift change to how Catholics gather during the coronavirus pandemic has meant parishes within the Diocese of Toowoomba have begun to connect with their communities online. From an embrace of social media to producing videos, many parishes have started or increased their online presence.
    One such embrace of technology has been the live streaming of Masses across the diocese.

  • Catholic Education Week

    Despite Catholic Education Week looking a little different this year, it was still a chance to celebrate the impact Catholic education makes in our communities. It was also an opportunity to recognise the effort and achievements of staff and teachers.

  • Seminarians' Mission Week Shares Vocation Message

    One of the activities which seminarians from Holy Spirit Seminary, Banyo participate in each year is Mission Week. Seminarians are placed in teams of two or three (reminiscent of Luke 10:1), the groups visit schools and parishes in one of the dioceses in Queensland.

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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.