Media Release from the Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, Apostolic Administrator
The Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Sydney is delighted that His Holiness, Pope Francis, has appointed Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, currently the Bishop of Parramatta Diocese, as the ninth Archbishop of Sydney.
It will be the case of “welcoming back” Archbishop Anthony who knows Sydney well. He 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 an auxiliary bishop and was coordinator of Sydney World Youth Day in 2008. He has been Bishop of Parramatta since 2010.
Archbishop Anthony brings with him a deep knowledge of the Archdiocese and is well-known to our priests, people, parishes and agencies.
Archbishop Fisher 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 4 years.
He will be a “good shepherd”, a bishop devoted to the people and communities which have been entrusted to him, who will lead the Church in Sydney into a new evangelical and missionary era.
I look forward to Archbishop Fisher’s installation at St Mary’s Cathedral on a date to be decided.