In 1985, Archbishop Fisher entered the Order of Preachers known as the Dominicans, a religious congregation dedicated to preaching the Catholic faith in the context of a life of study, prayer and community. He studied for the priesthood in Melbourne, receiving an honours degree in Theology (having already received degrees in History and Law from the University of Sydney before practising law in a city firm). His further academic credentials include a Doctorate in Bioethics at the University of Oxford, lectured at the Australian Catholic University and was an Adjunct Professor at The University of Notre Dame Australia. His Grace is also published extensively in bioethics and moral theology. He was also the Foundation Director of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family in Melbourne at which he remains Professor of Moral Theology and Bioethics and is currently also the Chancellor of the Catholic Institute of Sydney.
His Grace’s community involvements in his earlier life included being Chaplain to the Parliament of Victoria; member of the Infertility Treatment Authority of Victoria; chair or member of several hospital ethics committees; and chaplain to various organisations such as the Order of Malta.
In 2003, Pope John Paul II appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney and it was within this time His Grace also carried out the enormous task of co-ordinating World Youth Day in 2008.
In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed His Grace the third Bishop of Parramatta.
Through letters, lectures, preaching and diocesan projects he has addressed a range of questions and matters such as refugees, homelessness, the persecution of Christians, same-sex ‘marriage’, the family and social justice, euthanasia, the existence of God, faith and divine revelation, Christ and the saints, asceticism, the liturgy, vocations and preaching.
And most recently, on 18 September 2014, Pope Francis appointed His Grace the ninth Archbishop of Sydney with his installation taking place at St Mary’s Cathedral on 12th November.