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We have witnessed continually throughout this year the innate goodness that resides within each of us, as people have responded to those most in need and most at risk. Images of volunteer rural fire-fighters battling blazes whilst their own homes are at risk; school children assisting in drought appeals; fleets of trucks bringing food for cattle; ordinary mums and dads providing temporary accommodation for those fleeing for their lives have been accompanied by stories of compassion and love.  Read More >

Bishop Robert McGuckin
Bishop of Toowoomba
Christmas Message, December 2019

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.

  • The Winding Road: Stories of Fire and Drought

    Queensland’s bushfire season officially started on 1 August, and the warning from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) is that this season will be busy. The combination of existing drought conditions with predicted below-average rainfall and above-average temperatures is set to produce more opportunities for bushfires to take hold throughout the state.

  • Ecological Conversion is the Future

    According to the climate scientists, drought and bushfires are going to be more frequent in our region. The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection names that we can expect average higher temperatures, hotter and more frequent hot days, harsher fire weather, fewer frosts, less rainfall in winter and spring, and more intense downpours. The CSIRO even names that by 2050, the average temperature in our region will increase by at least 4.5 degrees if current trends continue.

  • Bridging the Gap between Youth & Elderley

    St Mary’s College, Toowoomba has led the way in inspiring the boys to undertake intimate conversations with others, especially our local, older residents. Their friendships with Darling Down elderly citizens have gone from conversations to publication. Launched during Queensland Seniors Week, the book “Wise Humans of the Downs”, is a special project by not-for-profit organisation YellowBridge QLD in partnership with the college.

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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.