Anthony Fisher

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The Most Reverend
Anthony Fisher
Bishop of Parramatta
Diocese Roman Catholic Diocese of Parramatta
See Sydney
Appointed 8 January 2010
Predecessor Kevin Manning
Ordination 14 September 1991
by Eusebius Crawford OP
Rank Bishop
Personal details
Birth name Anthony Fisher
Born (1960-03-10) 10 March 1960 (age 54)
Crows Nest, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Denomination Roman Catholic
Motto Veritatem facientes in caritate
(Speaking the truth in love)

Anthony Fisher OP is the Catholic Bishop of Parramatta in New South Wales, Australia. He is also a friar of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). He was installed as the third Bishop of Parramatta on 4 March 2010, having previously served as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Sydney.

Early life and education

Anthony Fisher was born in 1960 in Crows Nest, Sydney. He is the eldest of five children born to Gloria Maguregui — a Spanish Basque who migrated with her family to Australia from China and the Philippines in the 1950s — and Colin Fisher, a pharmacist from Ashfield, Sydney. He was baptised at St Therese's Church, Lakemba, and attended the parish school in 1965 and 1966.[1] The Fisher family lived in Belmore, Canterbury and Wiley Park before moving to Longueville and Manly.

Fisher attended St Michael’s Primary School Lane Cove, Holy Cross College at Ryde, and Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview where he was dux in 1977. He studied at the University of Sydney for six years, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in history with first-class honours, and a Bachelor of Laws, before practising law at top-tier commercial law firm, Clayton Utz, where he drafted the contracts for the redevelopment of the Queen Victoria Building.[2]

Religious life, priesthood and academic life

In 1985 he entered the Dominicans and studied for the priesthood in Melbourne, receiving an honours degree in theology. He worked for a time at Uniya, a centre for social research in Kings Cross, on immigration and refugee issues, and at Holy Name Parish in Wahroonga, Sydney. He was ordained a priest at Holy Name Church, Wahroonga, by Bishop Eusebius Crawford OP, Bishop of Gizo, on 14 September 1991.

Fisher then undertook doctoral studies in bioethics at the University of Oxford until 1995. His DPhil was granted for a thesis on "Justice in the Allocation of Healthcare". His academic work has included lecturing in Australia and overseas and publishing many books and articles on bioethics and morality. In 1994 he appeared on an edition of the live British discussion television program After Dark along with Tom Shakespeare, Lewis Wolpert and Germaine Greer.

From 1995 to 2000, Fisher was a lecturer at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. From 2000 to 2003 he was the foundation director of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, a postgraduate pontifical institute with nine campuses around the world. The principal work of the institute is in teaching and research on questions concerning respect for human life and the dignity of the person and support for marriage and family life. Fisher remains Professor of Bioethics and Moral Theology in the institute.[3] He is also Deputy-Chancellor of the Catholic Institute of Sydney and Adjunct Professor of Bioethics at the University of Notre Dame Australia.

In the Dominican order at the time of his episcopal appointment, Fisher was the Master of Students (seminarians) and Socius (deputy) to the Prior Provincial of Australia and New Zealand. In the Melbourne diocese, he was Episcopal Vicar for Healthcare, spokesman for the diocese on matters of ethics, a visiting lecturer at the Catholic Theological College and secretary to the Senate of Priests.

In 2008, Fisher was the organiser of Catholic World Youth Day in Sydney. Anthony Foster, the father of two children allegedly sexually abused by their parish priest, criticised Fisher for his comment: "Happily, I think most of Australia was enjoying delighting in the beauty and goodness of these young people and the hope - the hope for us doing these sorts of things better in the future - as we saw last night, rather than, than dwelling crankily, as a few people are doing, on old wounds."[4][5] Fisher said his comment was taken out of context: "I called the reporters cranky and, boy, did I get jumped upon ... they said I was calling the abuse victims cranky, which I certainly wasn't doing."[6]

Fisher's community involvements have included being Chaplain to the Parliament of Victoria, a member of the Infertility Treatment Authority of Victoria, chair or member of several hospital ethics committees, and a chaplain to various organisations such as the Order of Malta. He has also had various engagements in parish life and the pastoral care of the handicapped and the dying.


Fisher was appointed an auxiliary bishop of Sydney in 2003, being ordained bishop by George Pell in St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, on 3 September 2003. He was the parish priest of Watsons Bay and Episcopal Vicar for Life and Health in the Archdiocese of Sydney. He is also a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and the Australian Bishops' Commission for Doctrine and Morals.

Fisher was named third Bishop of Parramatta by Pope Benedict XVI on 8 January 2010 and was installed on 4 March 2010 in St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta.


  1. ^ "Diocese of Parramatta". 
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  3. ^ "Prof Anthony Fisher OP". at John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, Melbourne[dead link]
  4. ^ "Catholic Bishop's 'old wounds' comments slammed". ABC News. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Bryant, Nick (20 July 2008). "A spectacular show". BBC News. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Bates, Rob (29 July 2009). "The faith and conviction of Bishop Anthony Fisher". Wentworth Courier. Retrieved 4 December 2011.