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Dr Geoff Lee MP: Praise in State Parliament for Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP


State Member for Parramatta Dr Geoff Lee MP praised the Bishop of Parramatta and Archbishop-elect of Sydney Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP in the NSW Parliament on Tuesday 21 October, for his contribution to the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta and Western Sydney.

Next week I am honoured to join other leaders in a civic celebration at Cathedral Hall, St Patrick's Cathedral in Parramatta to farewell Bishop Fisher who has well served the life and work of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta during the past four years. Bishop Fisher has contributed much to Western Sydney,Dr Lee told the parliament.

Recently he personally comforted grieving families affected by the Blue Mountains fires in 2013 and was at Springwood last week to award a Papal Award to the primary school principal who led students to safety while his own home burnt to the ground. Bishop Fisher initiated a Blue Mountains Bushfire Appeal that raised funds to set up an office in Springwood to help with immediate needs of the community.

Bishop Fisher developed the Faith in Our Future Pastoral Plan 2014-2018—a five-year community plan inspiring faith and service to the people of Western Sydney. After extensive consultation with the community, specific programs have been implemented to support families and young people as well as celebrate the diversity of Western Sydney. The bishop also hosted a forum with government, social and religious leaders to seek solutions for homelessness in Western Sydney. He has overseen the establishment of a new seminary at Harris Park to accommodate the increasing numbers of young men seeking to enter the priesthood. Again I take this opportunity to congratulate the Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Parramatta on his new appointment and wish him well as he takes on greater responsibilities for the welfare, education and spirituality of current and future generations.

Read full Hansard Transcript at the NSW Parliament site

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