Pope Francis names Msgr. Michael Fisher as new auxiliary bishop of Washington

Catholic Standard

June 8, 2018

By Mark Zimmermann

Pope Francis has named Msgr. Michael William Fisher as a new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington. Since 2006, Bishop-elect Fisher has served as Episcopal Vicar for Clergy and Secretary for Ministerial Leadership for the archdiocese, overseeing the recruitment, formation and care of its clergy.

The announcement of Pope Francis’s appointment of Bishop-elect Fisher was made on June 8 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio of Washington.

In a statement, Cardinal Donald Wuerl expressed gratitude to Pope Francis for appointing Bishop-elect Fisher as a new auxiliary bishop for Washington, noting that the priest “has made significant contributions to the pastoral life of this archdiocese.”

“Msgr. Fisher brings to this ministry recognized talent and demonstrated ability,” the cardinal said. “In particular, his concern for his brother priests, dedication to priestly ministry and his kind yet directive leadership will be gifts to this local Church as he serves in this new capacity.”

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