ROME, Italy — Nicholas Fisher, of Fulton, was among 31 men who were ordained to the priesthood by His Eminence Cardinal Velasio de Paolis, CS, Pontifical Delegate for the Legionaries of Christ on Dec. 14, 2013 at the Papal Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, Italy. Of the total 31 new priests, eight are American; the others are from Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, France, Columbia and Chile.
Father Fisher was born in Oswego on June 5, 1982 to David and Carol Fisher, then residing in Sterling, N.Y., now of Fulton. His grandparents are the late Robert and Angie Arduini of Fulton and the late Carl and Dolores Fisher of Williamson, NY. Father Fisher attended Fulton Catholic and Seton Home Study Schools.
In the summer of 1993, he entered the minor seminary of the Legionaries of Christ in Center Harbor, N.H. In 1998, he joined the Legionaries of Christ as a novice, and did his novitiate in Salamanca, Spain from 1998 to 2000. He studied humanities at the order’s College of Humanities in Cheshire, Conn. Father Fisher has a bachelor’s degree in theology and a master’s degree in philosophy, both from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy. He has done apostolic internships in New York; Padua, Italy; and Vienna, Austria. He was ordained a deacon Msgr. Renato Boccardo, Archbishop of Spoleto-Norcia, Italy, in Rome on June 29, 2013 and a priest on Dec. 14, 2013 also in Rome.
Father Fisher said he had the beginnings of a calling as young child. The Fisher’s home parish was Our Lady of the Rosary in Hannibal. At the age of 5, he remembers being in Mass. “That day our parish priest, Father [Dennis] Hartnett, a holy man, asked me if I would like to ring the bells during the consecration. I said yes, so he gave me the bells and I sat in the first pew with my mother. At the moment of the consecration, she told me when to ring them, and I did, first for the consecration of the bread, and then of the wine. At that moment, I remember, I thought for the first time that perhaps I would like to be a priest.”
Father Fisher offered his first Masses of Thanksgiving in the U.S. at Our Lady of The Rosary Church, Hannibal; the Legionary Seminary in Cheshire, Conn.; the Guardians of the Eucharist Center in North Syracuse; and at Holy Trinity Church, Fulton, where he also concelebrated and presided at several Masses throughout the Christmas season, assisting temporary administrator Father Richard Morisette, Deacon David Sweenie and Father Moritz Fuchs. Father Fisher returned to his first assignment as chaplain of a Catholic elementary school in Mexico City on Jan 2.