Michael Fisher (bishop)

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The Rt Revd
Brother Michael
Bishop of St Germans
Diocese Diocese of Truro
In office 1979–1985
Predecessor Richard Rutt
Successor Richard Llewellin
Other posts Bishop to HM Prisons
Ordination 1954
Consecration 1979
Personal details
Birth name Reginald Lindsay Fisher
Born (1918-04-06)6 April 1918
Streatham, County of London, United Kingdom
Died 5 December 2003(2003-12-05) (aged 85)
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Nationality English
Denomination Anglican

Brother Michael SSF (Michael Fisher; legal name Reginald Lindsay Fisher; 6 April 1918 – 5 December 2003) 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, using the name Michael Fisher SSF (combining his name in religion with his legal surname.)[5]

His latter years were dogged by recurrent tuberculosis and he died on 5 December 2003.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Who was Who" 1897–2007. London: A & C Black. 1991. ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7. 
  2. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory (86th ed.). London: Oxford University Press. 1976. ISBN 0-19-200008-X. 
  3. ^ "RIP – Michael SSF". franciscans.org.uk. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Just prior to this he been awarded a Lambeth MA The Times, 1 September 1978; p. 14; Issue 60395; col C
  5. ^ Fisher, Michael (1993). For the Time Being. Leominster: Gracewing. ISBN 0852442424. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "The Right Reverend Michael Fisher". The Telegraph. 9 December 2003. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "The Right Rev Michael Fisher, SSF". The Times. 16 December 2003. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Richard Rutt
Bishop of St Germans
1979 –1985
Succeeded by
Richard Llewellin
Preceded by
John Cavell
Bishop to HM Prisons
Succeeded by
Robert Hardy