Bishop William Fey, OFM, Cap. was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, on November 6, 1942. He made his first profession as a member of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin on July 14, 1963, and final profession on July 14, 1966. Fey was ordained a priest on October 19, 1968.
His superiors at the St. Augustine Province of the Capuchin Franciscans sent him to Oxford University where he earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy. Fey taught at St. Fidelis Seminary College in Herman, Pennsylvania. and Borromeo College in Wickliffe, Oh before going to Papua New Guinea to teach Philosophy in a seminary there. He left for two years to teach Philosophy in Zambia, and then returned to Papua New Guinea. Fey was appointed bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kimbe, in Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, on June 8, 2010, and was ordained bishop on October 10 of that year. He made an Ad Limina visit to Pope Benedict XVI in Rome in June 2012.
He is currently working towards building a catechetical training center in his diocese, and he has been requested by the provincial government in New Britain to work with them on establishing a teacher's college. He and Cardinal Sean O'Malley, OFM. Cap., Archbishop of Boston, Massachusetts and Bishop Donald Francis Lippert, OFM Cap all began religious life with the St Augustine Province of Capuchins based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.