Archbishop Anthony's Road to Recovery With Your Prayers

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
13 Jan 2016

The Archbishop of Sydney, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP has this week sent a message of thanks for the many prayers and messages of support he has received since being struck down with Guillain Barré Syndrome at Christmas. The Archbishop has been released from intensive care and is beginning his long road to recovery with intensive rehabilitation.

The onset of Guillain Barré Syndrome, an immune-related condition,  is most often sudden and unexpected. Symptoms include varying degrees of muscle weakness and with the Archbishop this also included  temporary paralysis. However Archbishop Anthony has now started to take several steps and doctors say he is making good progress although rehabilitation will take some time.

The Archbishop sent this message this week:

Dear friends, once again I thank you for all the prayers and messages of support. I will need your prayers for some months to come but I am pleased to say that I have started walking again and am making several other improvements. This is due to the excellent care that I am receiving here at St Vincent's and the power of your loving prayers. Please ask God not just for healing but also for patience, courage and hope. I miss you all. Archbishop Anthony.

Hundreds of messages have been reaching the Archbishop at St Vincent's Hospital and last Saturday many young people gathered at nearby Sacred Heart, Darlinghurst, for Mass and a prayer vigil before making their way to a park opposite the hospital where, thanks to technology, the Archbishop was able to thank everyone via a mobile phone and loud speaker.

He told them how he was enormously grateful for their expressions of concern and promises of prayers.

The Archbishop said his experience of temporary paralysis and pain had given him a deeper insight into what some people suffer every day and over the longterm and those who are young and healthy must have a special concern for those who are frail or sick or elderly.

"In this Year of Mercy we remember that visiting and praying for the sick are among the corporal and spiritual works of mercy to which Pope Francis is calling us. 'When I was sick you visited me' Christ says to his saints," he said.

The Archbishop's rehabilitation will include intensive physiotherapy however during this time when visitors are still restricted he still wants everyone to know he is praying for all, for their health and happiness and he looks forward to seeing everyone before too long.

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