Saturday, January 09, 2010

                                                                                                      BISHOP ANTHONY FISHER O.P.

On Friday 8th January, 2010 the Holy See announced that the Holy Father has appointed as Bishop of Parramatta, Bishop Anthony Fisher O.P. until now Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney. So much for recent Blog predictions he was bound for Canberra-Goulburn , supposedly to replace Archbishop Mark Coleridge when he would,so the story went, replace Cardinal Pell in Sydney and the good Cardinal would have been off to the Curia in Rome!So the venerable bloggers in the Cloisters must return to the drawing boards.

The appointment is a great blessing for the Diocese of Parramatta, but perhaps a mixed blessing, certainly a challenge, for Bishop Fisher. Who would envy him the problem of the hideous new cathedral and the history of the Diocese' Catholic Education Office in recent years?  Parramatta Diocese is the centre of the population growth in the Sydney region, and has a diverse population and an equally diverse clergy. There are many opportunities and many burdens. Bishop Fisher and his Diocese deserve our prayers.

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