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June and July have certainly flown by and have been very busy months. Following the celebration of the Ascension of Our Lord and Pentecost, I was busy finalising preparations for my journey to Rome for the Ad Limina Apostolorum. From 17 to 22 June I joined all Australian Bishops as we made a retreat in preparation for the 2020 Plenary Council. The retreat was held at Ariccia near Castel Gondolfo, outside of Rome.

From 24-29 June the Ad Limina visit was in full flight. We commenced by celebrating an early morning Mass at the tomb of St Peter in St Peter’s Basilica. Later that morning we met with Pope Francis for almost two and a half hours. Read More >

Bishop Robert McGuckin
Bishop of Toowoomba – August 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.

  • Ordination a Joyful Occasion for Fr Tom

    When first encountering Fr Tom Duncan, the latest priest to be ordained in the Toowoomba Diocese, you might think him a quiet and earnest type. However listening to close friends and family speaking warmly of the young man after his Thanksgiving Mass, a more relatable and softer side emerges. Story page 6

  • History in the Making for the Diocese

    The world that existed 90 years ago when Toowoomba was made a separate diocese from the Brisbane Archdiocese was a very different place. However, the people who filled St Patrick’s Church in Toowoomba on 1 September 1929 for the consecration of our first bishop, would have had some common ground with us. Story page 14

  • Mercy Girls at St Saviour's

    St Saviour’s College warms the vocal cords to explain “Once a Mercy Girl always a Mercy Girl” through song. Story page 40


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.