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Ordination to Priesthood marks end of vocation discernment and study for young man from Miles

Updated 12/7/19

Deacon Thomas Duncan will be ordained to the priesthood next Thursday, 18/7/19. Tom, 25, hails from Miles, two-and-a-half hours west of Toowoomba. After completing year 11 and 12 at Marist College, Ashgrove, Tom thought his life would continue like those around him. Perhaps become a builder like his dad, get married and start a family like his mates. However more and more he felt drawn to a different path and soon Tom began to explore what being a priest might mean.

Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba celebrates significant milestones for clergy

Updated 9/7/19

Bishop Robert McGuckin, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba, warmly welcomes the community to a celebration of significant Jubilees of Priestly Ordination for the clergy. Fr Hal Ranger, priest in residence at St Patrick’s Cathedral, has reached 60 years of priestly ordination. Fr Brian Connolly, Parish Priest of Stanthorpe, and Bishop Bill Morris, Emeritus Bishop of Toowoomba, have both reached 50 years of priestly ordination.

Fr Joseph Patrick "Pat" Hall

Updated 12/6/19

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Fr Pat Hall’s passing 10/6/19 (Monday). Fr Pat had a major heart attack on Friday night/Saturday morning and was taken to the Base Hospital, later transferring to St Vincent’s Hospital. Family, clergy and friends visited. Fr Pat died peacefully on the morning of 10/6/19 at 5:30am. He will be sadly missed. May he rest in peace in God’s care.

Bishop Robert McGuckin invites the community to come together to celebrate the life and ministry of Fr Pat. Memorial Mass 13/6/19, 3:00pm @ St Vincent’s Care Services (Lourdes Home). Funeral Mass 14/6/19, 11:30am @ St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Bishop Robert McGuckin's Message for Easter 2019

Updated 9/4/19

Bishop Robert McGuckin has released his annual Lenten Message.

Bishop Robert recounts the story of “The Four Candles”, a popular poem by Aino Makoto. “Don’t be afraid, for I am Hope, and while I still burn, we can re-light the other candles.”

Local Humanitarian Group selected for Social Justice Award

Updated 16/3/19

Local humanitarian group PEACE (Positive Empathy and Community Engagement) has been awarded the 2018 Social Justice Award given by the Catholic Social Justice Commission.

Appointment of Executive Officer Catholic Social Justice Commission

Updated 11/3/19

Bishop Robert McGuckin is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr David Tutty as Executive Officer Catholic Social Justice Commission. David will commence with the Diocese of Toowoomba on Monday, 1 April 2019, operating out of the current Social Justice Office located in the Cathedral Precinct, Neil Street.

Sisters future-proof support for people in remote and regional Australia

Updated 19/2/19

The Missionary Sisters of Service (MSS), established by Fr John Wallis in Tasmania 75 years ago, has launched an initiative that will see their important work in remote and regional Australia continue beyond the life of the Sisters.

To mark the new stage in the work of the MSS, grant applications will be invited for community projects which can make a difference in the lives of isolated, and often forgotten, Australians.

Bishop Robert McGuckin's Message for Christmas 2018

Updated 20/12/18

Bishop Robert McGuckin has released his annual message to the Diocese for the Christmas season.

“In proclaiming the gospel we should bear witness to the dignity and the vocation of every person and to the communion of persons. The new law of love embraces the entire human family and knows no limits since the proclamation of the salvation wrought by Christ extends to the ends of the earth. This is a call not just to young people but to all of us.”

Work commences on new central administration buildings for Toowoomba Catholic Schools at the historic former South State School site

Updated 10/7/18

The site of the former South State School is humming with activity once again as work gets underway on a new central administration building for Toowoomba Catholic Schools.

The Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba purchased the site in 2015, naming its central location and proximity to existing church buildings, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Parish centre, as key in making it a logical choice to accommodate all Catholic Schools Office staff at one location.

CatholicCare Social Services to open “Yarning Circle” as part of NAIDOC Celebrations

Updated 27/6/18

CatholicCare Social Services’ has recently completed a landscaping project to create a Yarning Circle feature in the grounds at The Shrine. The Yarning Circle has been an important part of Aboriginal and Torres Straight cultures and is used as a means for interaction, relationship building and culture preservation. CatholicCare is hoping to harness this useful communication tool as part of the Future Families Program.

CatholicCare TRAMS in Community Consultation for the Future

Updated 29/5/18

CatholicCare Social Services TRAMS (Toowoomba Refugee and Migrant Service) has been a beacon for the refugee and migrant population in Toowoomba and surrounds for over 13 years. After settling into a new space in the heart of Toowoomba, TRAMS is now looking to the future at new and exciting ways they can expand and improve the service they offer.

Family Relationship Centre Celebrates 10 Years of Service

Updated 19/6/18

CatholicCare Social Services’ Family Relationship Centre (FRC) is celebrating 10 years of service to families in the Darling Downs area this month (June).

From the first day of operation, FRC has assisted clients navigate challenges of separation and divorce. Staff have helped their clients negotiate weekend visits and choice of schooling, often in complex situations like domestic and family violence, drugs/alcohol and mental health issues.

Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba Committed to Safeguarding Children

Updated 22/3/18

Bishop Robert McGuckin over the last two days, 20-21 March, has met with more than 85 members of the Diocese’s clergy, religious, lay leadership and volunteer Safeguard Representatives from Toowoomba, the Northern Downs, the West, and the Southern Downs in the James Byrne Centre in Highfields.  They examined the measures in place to ensure the safeguarding of children and the vulnerable that come into contact with parishes, schools and other pastoral ministry outreach activities.

CONFERENCE SEEKS ANSWERS TO “IS RELIGION AND CULTURE A SOURCE OF STRENGTH IN TODAY’S SOCIETY?”
Catholic representatives proud to be part of the conversation

Updated 12/3/18

Toowoomba recently hosted the National Interfaith Peace Conference with representatives from across the country and the world in attendance to discuss whether religion and culture are sources of strength in today’s society.

Bishop Robert McGuckin's Message for Lent 2018

Updated 14/2/18

Bishop Robert McGuckin has released his annual Lenten Message.

“Prayer, fasting, some self-denial and works of charity are ways in which we enter into the spirit of Lent. “

Bishop Robert McGuckin's Response to the Royal Commission Final Report

Updated 15/12/17

Bishop Robert McGuckin has released a response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s Final Report.  Bishop Robert welcomed the release of this final report and said one of the most important elements of this work has been the opportunity for those who were abused to be heard.

Bishop Robert McGuckin's 2017 Christmas Message

Updated 13/12/17

Bishop Robert McGuckin has released his annual message to the Diocese for the Christmas season.  He reflects on key moments for the year and invites us all to be mindful of those less fortunate during this season.  May the joy and peace of Christmas be with you and your loved ones now and throughout the coming year.  A very happy Christmas to all!

2017 Advent & Christmas Mass Times

Updated 1/12/17

A list of Christmas Mass times across the Toowoomba Diocese.  Also included are special Advent events and masses as well as reconciliation.

Bishop Robert McGuckin's Statement on Plebiscite on Marriage

Updated 13/9/17

Bishop Robert McGuckin has released a statement on the postal plebiscite on marriage.  He asks we consider the far reaching implications of the proposed redefinition of marriage.  Bishop Robert also calls for respect during this debate – regardless of differences, each has a right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

Catholic Church Continues Education Tradition on Heritage Listed Site

Updated 11/9/17

In 2015 the Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba acquired the site of the former Toowoomba South State School with the intention of developing the site as a central location for the Catholic Schools Office in Toowoomba. The land’s proximity to existing church buildings (St Patrick’s Cathedral and St Saviour’s Primary School and College) made it a logical investment for the Diocese.

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