Royal Oak — One of Metro Detroit’s best-known Catholic churches has a new pastor.
Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron announced in a press release Monday that the Rev. Robert Fisher will begin at Royal Oak’s National Shrine of the Little Flower parish March 22.
Fisher “has proven himself to be a zealous and loving priest,” Vigneron said. “I am confident that the Lord Jesus will work powerfully through him in this new and challenging assignment.”
Fisher’s assignment comes after the death of Monsignor William Easton on Dec. 29. Easton served as pastor since 1996. He had been hospitalized since Dec. 20, following a heart attack and fall. Easton was 69.
Fisher is pastor at St. Lawrence Parish in Utica. He graduated from Sacred Heart Seminary in 1992, according to National Shrine of the Little Flower Parish’s website.
He was ordained and assigned to Our Lady Star of the Sea parish. Fisher served in the vocations office for the archdiocese from 1995 to 2000. He then became pastor of St. Angela church in Roseville before heading to St. Lawrence in July 2003.