Archbishop of Sydney Announced
The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, has announced that His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed the Most Reverend Anthony Colin Fisher O.P., as Archbishop of Sydney.
Bishop Fisher has been the Bishop of Parramatta since 2010.
The Archdiocese of Sydney has been vacant since Cardinal Pell's appointment to Rome as the Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy in March. Sydney Auxiliary Bishop, Peter Comensoli, has acted as Apostolic Administrator since then. "The Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Sydney is delighted to welcome Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP as the ninth Archbishop of Sydney," says Bishop Comensoli.
Archbishop-elect Fisher will be the ninth Metropolitan Archbishop of Sydney.
Upon the announcement, Bishop Michael McKenna said " I first got to know Anthony Fisher when I was Secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference and he was a young priest working on the issues of refugees and asylum seekers. He later made a strong contribution in our expert panels on bioethics. His academic talent and capacity for hard work are well-known; but he also has the more important gifts of faith and humanity.
I hope that his new appointment as Archbishop of Sydney will be a blessing for him, his people and the wider Church".