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Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Vicar General Right Rev Monsignor Robert McGuckin VG EV as the sixth Bishop of Toowoomba.
Mgr McGuckin’s Episcopal Ordination will be celebrated in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Toowoomba, on Wednesday 11 July.
Mgr McGuckin has served as the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta’s Vicar General & Moderator of the Curia since 1997.
Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, said he was confident the priests and people of the Diocese will share his delight in Mgr McGuckin’s appointment.
“He has worked tirelessly for the bishops, priests, religious and people of the Diocese of Parramatta and we are very sad to see him go,” Bishop Anthony said.
“I trust that Bishop McGuckin will be warmly welcomed in Toowoomba and will serve his new diocese with equal distinction.”
Read Bishop Anthony’s statement on Mgr McGuckin’s appointment
‘Building upon the good work of my predecessors’
“I’m honoured and humbled to be appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as Bishop of Toowoomba,” Mgr McGuckin said in a preliminary statement.
“I ask for your prayers as together we strive to fulfil the mission entrusted us in building up the Kingdom of God.”
Read Mgr McGuckin’s preliminary statement
‘A great friend and supporter of CatholicCare Social Services’
CatholicCare Social Services - Diocese of Parramatta (CCSS) Executive Director Otto Henfling has thanked Toowoomba Bishop-elect Robert McGuckin for his years of support as CCSS Council Chair and Episcopal Vicar for Health and Welfare.
“I am delighted for Mgr McGuckin and the church in Toowoomba, but saddened that our own Diocese will lose a great priest and tireless worker,” Mr Henfling said.
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Apostolic Nunciature Announcement
Read Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba Apostolic Administrator Bishop Brian V Finnigan’s statement on Mgr McGuckin’s appointment
Read statement of Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart
Read statement of Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge
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