Reginald Fisher (bishop)

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Reginald Lindsay Fisher (more commonly known as Brother Michael SSF) was the second Bishop of St Germans[1] in the modern era.

Fisher was born on 6 April 1918 and educated in Clapham before entering the Society of Saint Francis (SSF) in 1944 and taking Michael as his name in religion. Ordained in 1954[2] after a period of study at Westcott House, Cambridge he worked initially with the Student Christian Movement and was then successively Guardian of Alnmouth Friary, Minister of the Anglican Franciscans,[3] General Secretary of the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (USPG) and finally a suffragan bishop.[4] For a brief period he deputised for the Bishop of Truro when Graham Leonard was translated to be the Bishop of London. He retired in 1985, serving subsequently as Minister General of the Society of St Francis. In the last part of his life he lived in the Franciscans' house in Cambridge where he had a ministry as adviser and spiritual director to a large number of people and regularly celebrated and preached at St Bene't's Church. He published his memoirs under the title For the Time Being in 1993.

His latter years were dogged by recurrent tuberculosis and he died on 5 December 2003.


  1. ^ "Who was Who" 1897–2007 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  2. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  3. ^ Franciscans Tribute
  4. ^ Just prior to this he been awarded a Lambeth MA The Times, 1 September 1978; p. 14; Issue 60395; col C
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Cecil Richard Rutt
Bishop of St Germans
1979 –1985
Succeeded by
John Richard Allan Llewellin
Preceded by
John Cavell
Bishop to HM Prisons
Succeeded by
Robert Hardy