An exciting time for our Church
|Catherine McAuley Westmead students at the Media Conference of Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, on his appointment as the new Archbishop of Sydney. Photo © Catholic Communications, Archdiocese of Sydney 2014.|
From the Faith in Our Future Blog of Pastoral Planning Office Director Daniel Ang
It is with great joy that we celebrate the appointment of Bishop Anthony as the new Archbishop of Sydney!
It was wonderful to be part of the press conference on Friday 19 September, in which Archbishop-elect Anthony shared his hopes for the ongoing renewal of the Church, expressed his gratitude for his time as chief shepherd and pastor of our Parramatta Diocese, and also expressed confidence in the people of God throughout all areas of Sydney to make their contribution to the mission of the Gospel, to the building up of our society in harmony and peace through its parishes, schools and many ministries.
While we are sad to see Archbishop-elect Anthony leave the Diocese of Parramatta to head eastward, we are thankful for his living legacy – our Diocesan Pastoral Plan, Faith in Our Future, which will continue to guide our communities, agencies and ministries.
The Archbishop-elect shared in an interview following his appointment: “I think we have a wonderful treasure in the Catholic Church and what it teaches us that we should pass on to people” (Vatican Radio, 18 September, 2014). It was touching to hear our Pastoral Plan named as one of the leading achievements of his time in the Parramatta Diocese as bishop.
The mission of evangelisation, sharing the rich treasure of the Gospel, forms the heart of our Pastoral Plan and the great hope of the thousands who participated in our consultations over the past two years. Faith in Our Future captures that communal hope, and expresses the great commitment of our people, our clergy and lay leaders, and parishes as a whole to grow and share their faith with vitality. This is the perennial mission of our Church and we carry this task into our future with both confidence and energy.
Much has been achieved in this first year of our Pastoral Plan, with much more to unfold.
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