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Message from our Bishop: God-With-Us

The Christmas decorations in the shops have been up for weeks! The commercial side of Christmas is unavoidable, however it does help point us in the direction of the great feast that unites us all. While we look forward to the many associated activities of the festivities, we should never forget those who also dread something of this time of year. The realities of living can leave us with sorrow around this time as perhaps a loved one will no longer grace our table or a family member has distanced themselves from the unity we long for as families. The people of Tara and other regions have lost their homes and livelihoods through bushfires and other disasters. For all those who experience sadness this Christmas, we assure you of our prayers, but we also remind you of the essence of what we celebrate. i.e. God is with us!

Read Bishop Ken’s full message on page 3 of the latest issue of Horizons >>

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.

  • St Mary's Socktober Kicks Goals

    On 13 October, St Mary’s School, Goondiwindi, showcased their best socks and crazy hair to raise awareness for Catholic Missions. Each year, the students of St Mary’s wear their crazy socks and hair to raise vital funds for our vulnerable global neighbours who need our help. 
    Read more about Soctober at St Mary’s on page 27

  • Inservice a Lesson in Ecumenical Pastoral Care

    Our recent Diocesan Inservice was a deeply enriching opportunity for our pastoral care community to come together. The day was an opportunity to spend time in prayer, fellowship, skills training, and networking and to experience the depths of God’s mercy, evident in so many stories of healing and compassion.
    Read more about the day on page 12

  • Seeds of Hope Sprout for Carnival

    Every year, the picturesque city of Toowoomba comes alive with a riot of colours and the sweet fragrance of blooming flowers as it hosts the much-anticipated Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. We feel this event embodies the spirit of growth, renewal, and hope that our faith community epitomise.
    Read more about the Carnival of Flowers at the Cathedral on page 31

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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.