Bishop Anthony Fisher Appointed Archbishop of Sydney

Dominican Replaces Cardinal George Pell as Archbishop of Australia’s Largest City

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Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Anthony Fisher of Parramatta as the new Archbishop of Sydney.

He replaces Cardinal George Pell who is now prefect of the Vatican’s new Secretariat for the Economy.

Born in 1960, Anthony Fisher worked for a law firm before entering the Order of Preachers at the age of 25. He took his perpetual vows in 1987 and was ordained priest in 1991. He obtained a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Oxford in 1995.

As a priest, he taught at the Australian Catholic University and in 2000 he became the founding director of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family in Melbourne.  

He has since been a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and served as chaplain to the parliament of Victoria state from 1997 to 2000. Bishop Fisher has been heavily involved in youth work and was coordinator of preparations for the 23rd World Youth Day in Sydney that took place in July 2008.

In 2003, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Sydney and since 2010 has served as Bishop of Parramatta. Considered a close ally of Cardinal Pell, his appointment today was widely expected. 


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