Pope Benedict has appointed Monsignor Robert McGuckin as Bishop of the Toowoomba Diocese.
Monsignor McGuckin is Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta where he is also Moderator of the Curia and Episcopal Vicar for Health and Social Welfare.
He is the Judicial Vicar of the Regional Tribunal of Sydney for the Catholic Province of NSW and the ACT.
He holds degrees in Theology and Canon Law and has extensive experience in Church Tribunals, where he is an accredited Ecclesiastical Judge.
He is a Sessional Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Notre Dame Australia and Director of the Institute of Tribunal Practice for Australia and New Zealand.
He is a member of the Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand (and past president 1999-2006) and is a member of the Canon Law Society of America.
Monsignor McGuckin was born in Marrickville, NSW in 1944. He attended St Pius Primary Enmore and De La Salle College Marrickville. He was the fourth of five children to Gladys and John McGuckin. One of his siblings died in infancy, his parents are also now deceased. He has an elder sister, elder brother and younger brother.
After leaving school his family moved to Jannali in the Sutherland Shire. Robert was as a foundation member of the Como-Oyster Bay- Jannali, Catholic Youth Organisation.
He worked in banking for several years before entering the Seminary in 1967. His Seminary studies were completed at St Columba’s College, Springwood and St Patrick’s College, Manly. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Sydney on 20 October 1973 by His Grace Archbishop James Carroll.
In the Archdiocese of Sydney he served in the parishes of Matraville, Dulwich Hill and Mascot. He was appointed to the Regional Tribunal of Sydney in 1973 and undertook post graduate studied in Canon Law at the University of St Paul Ottawa Canada.
From 1986 he worked in the Diocese of Parramatta in Canon Law and ministered in the Parish of St Michael’s South Blacktown.
He was Vicar for Religious from 1990-2010. Diocesan
Administrator of the Diocese of Parramatta in 1997. Since 1997 he has been Vicar General of the Diocese and Moderator of the Diocesan Curia.
In 2011 he was named by Pope Benedict XVI, a Prelate of Honour of His Holiness.
In late 2011 the Bishops of the Province of Sydney appointed him Judicial Vicar of the Regional Tribunal.
Commenting on his appointment, Monsignor McGuckin has released the following statement:
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