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Msgr. Fisher asked to be "Fisher of Men" as bishop

Monsignor Michael W. Fisher has been appointed an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington.

A native of the Washington, D.C. area, for the past 12 years he has worked as the Secretary for Ministerial Leadership and Vicar for Clergy, bringing a deep care and concern for priests and deacons, men and women in religious life and all who serve the local church.

At a morning press conference Bishop-elect Fisher was asked what he was doing at the time he found out about his appointment. He described being at his parents’ grave when he was initially told to “be ready.” He celebrated Mass the next morning before speaking with the Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S., Archbishop Pierre then immediately ran to the Blessed Sacrament chapel in his rectory.

When asked about his call to the priesthood he explained it was not like an "a ha! moment" or a "flash of lightning" but more "a cauldron of love" that drew him.

No doubt Bishop-elect Fisher has long been recognized for his administrative skills as well. Before entering Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary (Emmitsburg, Maryland) in 1984, Monsignor Fisher earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Maryland.

Bishop-elect Fisher’s episcopal ordination will take place on Friday, June 29, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The appointment was announced from the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

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