Huge clerical turnout for Most Rev Robert McGuckin’s Episcopal Ordination


Interview with Most Rev Robert McGuckin following the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta's Mass of Thanksgiving on Saturday 23 June.

An impressive array of Catholic clergy will be in attendance at the Ordination of Toowoomba Bishop Most Rev Robert McGuckin on Wednesday 11 July at St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Four Archbishops, 24 Bishops, more than 80 Priests and five deacons will participate in the Ordination Mass and Ceremony.

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge will be the ordaining Prelate and Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP - who officially farewelled Most Rev McGuckin from the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta only weeks ago - will also have an important role.

Toowoomba Diocesan Chancellor Fr Brian Sparksman said the interest from clergy Australia wide was testament to the importance of ordaining a new Bishop to a diocese. 

“We are particularly pleased that Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto has agreed to attend as well as the newly appointed Australian Ambassador to the Holy See, Mr John McCarthy QC,” Fr Sparksman said.

“This is a very big occasion in the life of the Catholic Church, especially in the Toowoomba diocese and the list of attendees is very impressive”.

Civic and community leaders, inter-faith representatives and interstate guests will join parish delegates for the ceremonies.

“Altogether, it is anticipated that 1500 persons will attend, both inside the cathedral and in a marquee that will be erected in the cathedral grounds,” Fr Sparksman said.

“And because the ceremonies will be live-streamed, we are expecting many others will also participate by logging onto the Diocesan website (”

Fr Sparksman said he was delighted that the logistical exercise of accommodating so many visiting clergy was running smoothly. 

“We are lucky to have a good, hardworking committee with plenty of expertise in various areas to ensure a successful event,” he said.


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