A good first year for a good shepherd

26/05/2011

Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP
Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP.
Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP has given interviews with the Parramatta Advertiser and The Parramatta Holroyd Sun on his first year as Bishop of Parramatta.

Bishop Anthony told the Advertister that he was 'happy but not complacent' with the growth the Catholic community in the western suburbs over the last 12 months.

"We are the most multicultural Diocese in the world," Bishop Anthony said in his interview with Di Bartok.

"Also, young families move here which means we have the youngest demographic in the country.

"There is a risk that in doing well you become complacent, but as a good shepherd I am always going out for those who are lost."

Read Di Bartok's story in the Parramatta Advertiser

Read Liam Pender's story in The Parramatta Holroyd Sun

Vision for the Diocese

In an interview with Virginia Knight for Catholic Outlook on his first year as Bishop of Parramatta, Bishop Anthony has spoken of his vision for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta.

"First, we must work to engage young people in the life of the Church and continue to encourage them to get involved in parish life and ministry. Just because we have more young people in our Diocese than in many parts of the Church is no reason to be complacent about the young people who are our future," Bishop Anthony said.

"We must also connect better with the large number of non-practising Catholics, and those who have no spiritual home, and bring them into the regular life of the Church. We need them and they need us. So we need to be evangelisation-minded.

"Thirdly, we all need to mature spiritually, not remain static in our understanding and expression of our faith. We must create opportunities through courses, retreats and other experiences for our clergy, religious and lay people to learn new ways to pray or old ways to pray more deeply, ways also to relate better and be more actively involved in our faith life."

Read full story at the Catholic Outlook Site
 


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