Pope Francis has appointed the Bishop of Parramatta, Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP to the Archdiocese of Sydney.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven has welcomed the appointment of the Bishop of Parramatta, Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP, as the new Archbishop of Sydney.
“ACU is delighted by the announcement from Rome overnight and welcomes the Holy Father’s appointment of Archbishop-elect Fisher as the ninth Archbishop of Sydney. The Archbishop-elect has proven himself to be a man of intellect, prayer, fidelity and pastoral zeal to the people he has ministered to in his time as priest and bishop,” Professor Craven said.
The Archbishop-elect was born and educated in Sydney. He studied history and law at the University of Sydney and gained a doctorate in bioethics at Oxford. After practicing law in Sydney he entered the Dominican Order in 1985 and was ordained a priest in 1991. Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Anthony Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney in 2003, and in 2010 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him the third Bishop of Parramatta.
Archbishop-elect Fisher has held many leadership roles in the Church including as foundation director of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Melbourne, Chairman of the Catholic Schools Board in Sydney, a lecturer at ACU for five years, and positions at the Catholic Institute of Sydney and the University of Notre Dame Australia.
Professor Craven said Archbishop-elect Fisher’s return to the Sydney Archdiocese was a welcome event.
“He is an outstanding example of a modern Bishop. He is intelligent and a brilliant organiser. He is also wonderfully engaged with youth and has a tremendous capacity to take the Church forward in challenging times,” Professor Craven said.
“He will be a wise and pastoral shepherd to the people of Sydney and the wider Church community in NSW. The University will continue to pray for our new Archbishop that God’s grace may continue to work in him as he assumes his new ministry for the Church in Sydney.
“We look forward to building on the close relationship that ACU already shares with the Archbishop-elect.”
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