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From our Bishop

2021 is a year that Pope Francis has designated to acknowledge St Jopseph in a special way. 1 May 2021 was the feast of St Joseph the Worker, and it began a month with many celebrations.

On St Joseph’s very feast day in St Mary’s Church Warwick, I ordained Brian Redondo as a deacon. Rev Deacon Brian Redondo now continues on his journey towards priesthood. It is planned that Deacon Brian will visit a number of parishes on weekends. Please make him welcome, and please continue to pray for him and for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

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Bishop Robert McGuckin
Bishop of Toowoomba
March 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.

  • Diocese Welcomes Audit: Improving our Safeguarding Practices

    Shortly after the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse handed down its Final Report in December 2017, all Catholic Dioceses and Religious Orders in Australia committed themselves to a process of external auditing of local safeguarding practices. Australian Catholic Safeguarding Ltd (ACSL) is the national body which facilitates this process of auditing. Our Diocese will be audited in October of this year.  Read more on page 6

  • Catholic Education Week

    An annual event, Catholic Education Week is an opportunity for all Catholic schools in Queensland to celebrate and promote their distinctive mission and ethos.
    Catholic education strives to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools and in the wider community by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to reach their full potential as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society.  See Catholic Education Week feature starting page 19.

  • Our Sacramental Journeys

    After months of preparation for sacraments in schools and parishes, many across our diocese have been celebrating the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation. Thank you to parents, teachers and parishioners who have helped guide the children through these important milestones in their faith journey in the Catholic Church.  See Sacramental feature starting page 32

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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.