Yesterday evening Bishop Anthony Fisher OP was inaugurated as the third Bishop of Parramatta. The Mass of inuaguration was magnificent, if a little long. We entered Parramatta Cathedral at 7pm and were coming out about 10pm. Hundreds of priests concelebrated with a mighty contingent of the Australian Hierarchy and two Australian Cardinals (Pell and Cassidy). There were many State and political leaders present also.
The new Bishop preached beautifully declaring that his pastoral program is the Person of Jesus Christ. He vowed to defend the family and human life from conception to natural death. And he asked the young people to be his right hand men and women for the new evangelisation.
Parramatta Diocese which covers the whole of western Sydney and beyond has the largest proportion of Catholics of any Diocese in Australia (40%). It is also the youngest Diocese, demographically. A veritable springboard for a new evangelisation. We ask God to bless the new Bishop and his Diocese, that there would be a new flourishing of the Christian life here.