|Source: Parramatta Diocese website|
The news is out, Vicar-General of Parramatta Diocese, Rt Rev Robert McGurkin has been appointed as the new bishop of Toowoomba.
The bishop-elect was ordained in 1973, and has served in several parishes of the Archdiocese of Sydney and, subsequently the Diocese of Parramatta. He has been involved in the consultations over the future of Wilcannia-Forbes over the last year or two.
A canonist, he has served as a lecturer, judge and president of the Canon Law Society. He has long been a member and is presently Judicial Vicar of the Regional Tribunal for New South Wales. You can read more about his canonical work here.
He is, amongst many other things, a lecturer at the University of Notre Dame, which lists his qualifications as follows: MCL (University of Ottawa, Canada), JCL (St Paul University, Canada), STB(Theological Faculty Sydney Manly), DipT.Prac, JP.
In the Diocese of Parramatta he has been VicarGeneral and Moderator of the Curia since 1997. He has also served as Episcopal Vicar for Religious (1991-2011), Episcopal Vicar for Health and Welfare (2010-12), member of the Council of Priests and College of Consultors (1994-2012), and on several other committees.
His 'preliminary statement' on the ACBC website says:
"I’m honoured and humbled to be appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as Bishop of Toowoomba.
I would hope to build upon the good work of my predecessors and look forward to working with the clergy, religious and everyone in the Diocese.
I ask for your prayers as together we strive to fulfil the mission entrusted us in building up the Kingdom of God.
Mgr McGuckin said in his vocation he has been mindful of Matthew 20:28 - ‘He came to serve, not to be served’.
As one who has been called to be a ‘Fisher of Men’, it is perhaps fitting that for his relaxation, Mgr McGuckin enjoys a spot of fishing of the regular kind."
In an excellent choice of dates, Mons McGuckin’s Episcopal Ordination will be celebrated in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Toowoomba, on Wednesday, 11th July at 11.30am, the Feast of St Benedict.
Please do keep the bishop-elect in your prayers as he takes on surely the most challenging role in the Australian Church....