Installation of Bishop Fisher as the ninth Archbishop of Sydney
On 12 November, St Mary’s Cathedral was filled to capacity for the Installation of Bishop Anthony Colin Fisher OP, as the ninth Archbishop of Sydney. The congregation included archbishops, bishops, civic and religious leaders and thousands of well-wishers. Members from the Order of Malta were also in attendance and were privileged to provide a Guard of Honour to the Archbishop who is also a Conventual Chaplain ad Honorem of our Order.
During the ceremony, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the papal nuncio who has just been appointed the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, read Pope Francis’s words of election in Latin before Archdiocesesan Chancellor Monsignor John Usher read out the English translation.
During his homily, Archbishop Fisher outlined his objective for the Archdiocese during his tenure, “My hope is for a Church in which the Gospel is preached with joy, the wisdom of our tradition minded with fidelity, the sacraments celebrated with dignity and welcome, and the seminaries, convents and youth groups teeming with new life,” he said, “a Church in which our parishes, chaplaincies and educational institutions are true centres of the new evangelisation, our laity theologically literate and spiritually well-formed, our outreach to the needy effective and growing; and God glorified above all.”
View the gallery below to see pictures from the ceremony. Images courtesy of Giovanni Portelli Photography: