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New Sydney archbishop hopes for seminaries ‘teeming with new life’

Archbishop Anthony Fisher (CNS)

The new Archbishop of Sydney has said that by the time of his retirement he wants a Church filled with vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

In his homily at St Mary’s Cathedral during his installation Mass yesterday, Archbishop Anthony Fisher said: “What will this Archdiocese look like when, God willing, I retire in 2035? My hope is for a Church in which the Gospel is preached with joy, the wisdom of our tradition mined with fidelity, the sacraments celebrated with dignity and welcome, and the seminaries, convents and youth groups are teeming with new life.

“That will depend hugely on three factors: our clergy and religious; our families; and our young people.”

Archbishop Fisher, 54, was born in Sydney and was ordained a priest in 1991.He served as an auxiliary bishop of Sydney from 2003 until he was transferred to the Diocese of Parramatta.

He succeeds former Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell.