Statement of Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP: Mgr Robert McGuckin’s appointment as Bishop-elect of Toowoomba
|Bishop Anthony presenting Right Rev Monsignor Robert McGuckin VG EV with his Prelate of Honour of His Holiness in 2011. The Holy Father has appointed Mgr McGuckin as Bishop of Toowoomba.|
Photo: Alphonsus Fok & Grace Lu
Statement of the Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, on Pope Benedict XVI’s appointment of Right Rev Monsignor Robert McGuckin VG EV as the sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Toowoomba.
The Holy Father has appointed Right Rev Monsignor Robert McGuckin, until now Vicar General of the Diocese of Parramatta, as Bishop of Toowoomba. I am confident that the priests and people of the Diocese share my delight in this appointment.
Since his ordination in 1973 he has served in several parishes of the Archdiocese of Sydney and, from its inception in 1986, of the Diocese of Parramatta.
An expert in Canon Law, 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.
In the Diocese of Parramatta he has been Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia since 1997, serving with great diligence and dedication. 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.Both Bishop Manning and I have been immensely assisted by his advice and administration. 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. I trust that Bishop McGuckin will be warmly welcomed in Toowoomba and will serve his new diocese with equal distinction.
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