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Robert McGuckin


Saint Paul University

October 20, 1973


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Moderator of the Curia and Episcopal Vicar for Health and Social Welfare

28 January 1944 (age 71) Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia (

Alma mater
St Columba's Seminary; St Patrick's Seminary, Manly; Saint Paul University, Ottawa

Roman Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba

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Robert McGuckin (born 28 January 1944 in Marrickville, New South Wales) since July 2012 has been the Catholic Bishop of Toowoomba.


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Early life

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McGuckin completed his elementary studies at St Pius Primary School, Enmore and his secondary education at De la Salle College, Ashfield, then at the Sutherland Shire Evening College and the Metropolitan Business College. In 1967 he entered St Columba's Seminary, Springwood and, in 1970, he continued his training for the priesthood at St Patrick's Seminary, Manly. He later earned a master's degree and a Licentiate of Canon Law at Saint Paul University, Ottawa.

Pastoral ministry

On 20 October 1973, he was ordained a priest for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney. After ordination, he served as the Parochial Vicar (1973-1975); an official of the Regional Court of New South Wales (1975-1997); administrator of the parish of Mascot (1976-1978); administrator of the parish of Botany (1978-1981); studies in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (1981-1984); administrator of the parish of Rosebery (1984-1986); as a resident priest in the parish of Blacktown (1986-1997); and Professor of Canon Law at Catholic Theological Union (1989-1996).

In 1993, he was incardinated in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Parramatta where he was appointed as Judicial Vicar (1991-1997); diocesan administrator sede vacante (1997); and Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia (1998-2012). In the Diocese of Parramatta, he was also the Episcopal Vicar for Consecrated Life and for the Pastoral Care of Health Workers.

In addition, he served as President of the Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand (1999-2006); Professor of Canon Law at University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney; as Judge of the Court of Appeal for New Zealand and Australia; as the Judicial Vicar of the Court of Appeal for the Episcopal Conference of the Pacific; and as Director of the Institute of Tribunal Practice, affiliated with the Catholic Institute of Sydney.

Among other roles, he has worked in pastoral care in numerous parishes, as a professor of canon Law and as a judge of the Roman Catholic Appeals Tribunal of Australia and New Zealand.

On 14 May 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named McGuckin, who had been serving as Vicar General and moderator of the curia of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, as bishop-elect of the Toowoomba diocese following the removal of Bill Morris. His episcopal consecration took place on 11 July 2012. Chief consecrator was Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane with Bishop Anthony Fisher OP (Bishop of Parramatta) and the Apostolic Nuncio (Bishop Lazarotto).


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