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Message from our Bishop: Gathered Together

Ever since I became Bishop, I have wanted to gather the priests together so that I might get to know them better and also that we might consider the important things concerning our future. We started with the question: what do the priests of Toowoomba Diocese need to discuss? This question was asked of the Council of Priests and all members of the clergy as a lead up to our time together on Wednesday and Thursday 15-16 May. These reflections became the basis of our discussions.

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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.

  • Walking the Path: Sychar's Labyrinth

    From Sychar’s beginning, there was a dream of a possible future labyrinth in the garden. The dream lay dormant for a few years while attention was focused on developing three contemplative spaces: Creation-God’s First Incarnation (The St. Francis Garden), One in

    the Mystery of Suffering (spherical sculpture), the Well of Encounter. Once the foundational structure of the garden had emerged, the dream of having a labyrinth resurfaced.

    Follow the journey of a plain patch of grass transformed into a tool for meditation and spiritual reflection. Read more on page 9.

  • Biblical Garden Transforms Unused Space

    In 2019 an underutilised learning space in the senior area of Our Lady of the Southern Cross College Dalby was refurbished into a chapel for

    college prayer liturgies and gatherings.

    Following the creation of this beautiful space, an opportunity arose to utilise a vacant area of the grounds to the rear of the chapel for something new.

    Read more about how Dalby brought their Biblical Garden to life. Read more on page 22.

  • Lenten Message Inspires Art

    During Lent this year, the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development engaged Italian Street Artist Mauro Pallotta to provide a visual interpretation of Pope Francis’ Lenten Message.

    The first piece of cartoon-style art shows Pope Francis with a wheelbarrow navigating a road full of difficulties.

    Find out how St Anthony’s Parish Toowoomba took inspiration from the famous image this Easter. Read More on Page 29

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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.