Many gifts to serve God and lead his people in Sydney and beyond
|Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP.|
Pope Francis has announced the appointment of the Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, as the new Archbishop of Sydney.
Speaking on behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, its President, Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, welcomed the announcement.
“For my brother bishops I congratulate Bishop Fisher on his appointment to Sydney. He will use his many gifts with generosity and faithfulness to serve God and to lead his people in Sydney Archdiocese and beyond. I assure him of our prayers for his ministry.”
In an announcement last night, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Sydney, Most Rev Peter Comensoli, said it will be a case of “welcoming back” Archbishop Anthony who knows Sydney well.
“Archbishop-elect Anthony grew up and studied here and lived and worked in Sydney until he entered the Dominicans in 1985. He returned to Sydney in 2003 as an auxiliary bishop and was coordinator of Sydney World Youth Day in 2008. He has been Bishop of Parramatta since 2010,” Bishop Comensoli said.
“Archbishop-elect Anthony brings with him a deep knowledge of the Archdiocese and is well-known to our priests, people, parishes and agencies.
“He has a great breadth and depth of experience beyond Sydney, having engaged extensively in key areas of Australian life, including family, education, healthcare and young people. He combines this significant contribution to the wider community with his fine pastoral leadership of the Diocese of Parramatta over the past four years.”
Archbishop-elect Anthony said he was deeply honoured by the appointment and by Pope Francis’ expression of confidence in him. “I ask all Catholics and other people of good will to pray for me that I might be a good shepherd after the heart of Jesus Christ,” he said in a statement last night.
“I’m very excited to be returning to the Archdiocese of Sydney and building on the strong foundations left by my predecessor Cardinal George Pell. Sydney is a vibrant, growing city with so much potential to be one of the greatest cities – and faith communities – of the world.”
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