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Bishop McGuckin’s pilgrimage to tomb of St Peter


The Holy Father addresses the group of new bishops, including Most Rev Robert McGuckin DD, at the end of the course organised by the Congregation for Bishops.

From The Record

Three Australians have completed a training course for new bishops in Rome, including the new Bishop of Toowoomba, Most Rev Robert McGuckin DD.

Armidale Bishop Michael Kennedy and Ballarat’s Bishop-elect Paul Bird were also numbered among an estimated 105 in attendance. 

The ten-day course (11-20 September) provided the bishops with practical training for their new role as well as a deeper understanding of the theological underpinning of the office.

The course was run by the Congregation of Bishops, the ecclessial equivalent of a department of the Holy See and the body tasked with vetting and recommending prospective bishops to the Pope for appointment.

“(The course) is regarded as a pilgrimage to the tomb of St Peter for new bishops,” Bishop McGuckin told The Record in Rome last week.

“By being ordained as a bishop you become a member of the order of bishops and (the visit to Rome) is an opportunity for fraternity among the new bishops themselves.”

Bishop McGuckin met with newly appointed confreres from as far afield as Eritrea, although he and his two Australian colleagues were the bishops who had journeyed farthest to be there.

Read full story at The Record

Pope Benedict XVI appointed Most Rev McGuckin as the sixth Bishop of Toowoomba on 14 May. Prior to his appointment, Most Rev McGuckin had served as the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta’s Vicar General & Moderator of the Curia since 1997. Most Rev McGuckin is the first Bishop from the clergy of the Parramatta Diocese.

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