The Holy Father has appointed Sydney -born Anthony Fisher O.P. until now Bishop of Parramatta, and a former Auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Sydney to succeed His Eminence George Cardinal Pell as Archbishop of Sydney.

Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP

Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP
Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP
DD BA LlB BTheol DPhil
Bishop of Parramatta
DD BA LlB BTheol DPhil
Born in Sydney in 1960 to Colin and Gloria Fisher, he was baptised Anthony Colin Joseph at St Thérèse Church, Lakemba, and attended the parish school in 1965 and 1966.
Thereafter, he attended St Michael’s School, Lane Cove, Holy Cross College, Ryde, and St Ignatius’ College Riverview.
At the University of Sydney he received degrees in History and Law before practising law in a city firm.

Dominican friar

In 1985, Bishop Anthony entered the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), a religious order dedicated to preaching the Catholic faith in the context of a life of study, prayer and community.
He studied for the priesthood in Melbourne, receiving an honours degree in Theology.
He worked for a time on immigration and refugee issues at Uniya, a centre for social research in Kings Cross, and was ordained a priest at Holy Name Parish, Wahroonga, on 14 September 1991.
Crest of Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP
'Veritatem facientes in caritate' Speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15)
Thereafter, Bishop Anthony completed a Doctorate in Bioethics at the University of Oxford. From 1995 to 2000 he was a lecturer in the Australian Catholic University.
From 2000 to 2003 he was foundation Director of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family, Melbourne. Bishop Anthony remains Professor of Moral Theology and Bioethics in the Institute.
He is also Deputy-Chancellor of the Catholic Institute of Sydney and Adjunct Professor in the University of Notre Dame Australia. In 2011, Bishop Anthony received the honorary degree Doctor of Laws from the University of Notre Dame Australia.
In the Dominican Order he was the Master of Students (seminarians) and Socius (deputy) to the Provincial.

Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney

In 2003, Pope John Paul II appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney. In that archdiocese he was Episcopal Vicar for Life and Health and Chairman of the Catholic Schools Board.
From 2003-2010 Bishop Anthony was Parish Priest of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Watsons Bay. His community involvements have included: Chaplain to the Parliament of Victoria; member of the Infertility Treatment Authority of Victoria; chair or member of several hospital ethics committees; and chaplain to various organisations such as the Order of Malta. He has published extensively in bioethics and moral theology.
He was Co-ordinator of World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney.

                      Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Pell and the then 
                                Bishop Anthony Fisher in 1988

Third Bishop of Parramatta

On 8 January 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Anthony the third Bishop of Parramatta.
He is also Chairman of the Catholic Education Commission of New South Wales, a member of the Australian Bishops’ Commission for Doctrine and Morals, the Bishops’ Commission for Pastoral Life and the Bishops’ delegate for youth.
Since 2004, he has been an ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, the body that advises the Church on bioethics. He recently published Catholic Bioethics for a New Millennium (Cambridge University Press).


                     Bishop Fisher with his Parramatta Seminarians

Archbishop Fisher is a remarkably well-qualified successor to Cardinal Pell. He i s a man , still young at 54 years, of strong academic and pastoral achievements. His capabilities are quite varied, as his oversight of the brilliantly successful World Youth Day 2008 shows. He is not afraid to take bold initiatives  - as we see in the establishment of the Holy Spirit Seminary in Parramatta - which is a model of a successful Seminary.

We wish His Grace every Blessing on the occasion of his appointment and in the years ahead, as he assumes the Crozier so lately relinquished by Cardinal Pell 

                                               A congenial Succession


hughosb said…
Salve! Good news indeed.

But WYD in Sydney was 2008, not 1988!!
vexilla regis said…
Thanks for your comment Dom Hugh. I got it right the first time and have now corrected the second time error.Now all we need is a Bishop for Broken Bay and of course Parramatta and Sydney will be back in business and firing on all cylinders!

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