Mgr Philip Egan, vicar general of Shrewsbury Diocese, has been appointed as the new Bishop of Portsmouth to replace Bishop Crispian Hollis who is due to retire, having reached the statutory age of 75. Bishop-elect Egan will be consecrated in Portsmouth Cathedral on 24 September.
Mgr. Philip Egan VG BA, STL, PhD was born at Altrincham, Cheshire. Educated at St. Vincent’s Primary School and St. Ambrose College, and a graduate of University of London (King’s College), he undertook his formation for the priesthood at Allen Hall, London and the Venerable English College, Rome, and was awarded his Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) from the Pontifical Gregorian University. Subsequently, he gained a doctorate in theology (PhD) from the University of Birmingham.
He was ordained to the sacred priesthood in August 1984 and served as an Assistant Priest at St. Anthony’s, Woodhouse Park (1985-8), before becoming assistant chaplain at Fisher House to the University of Cambridge (1988-91). He was appointed Chaplain to Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral (1991-4) before doing further studies at Boston College, Massachusetts.
For twelve years, he was on the formation staff of St. Mary’s College, Oscott, the major seminary in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, where he was the College’s Dean of Studies and Professor of Fundamental Theology. He returned to Boston College as a post-doctoral research fellow of the Lonergan Institute in 2007, before being appointed Parish Priest of Our Lady and St. Christopher’s, Romiley, near Stockport in 2008.
In 2010 he was appointed Vicar General of the Diocese of Shrewsbury and in 2011 a Prelate of Honour to his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and in 2012 a Canon of Shrewsbury Cathedral.
Mgr. Egan is frequently asked to speak at theological symposia and at catechetical gatherings and he has regularly contributed to religious journals and magazines. He is has written about the thought of Newman and Lonergan and recently publishedPhilosophy and Catholic Theology: A Primer (Collegeville, 2009).
Mgr Egan writes
It is with trepidation and yet with profound trust in the loving mercy of the Sacred Heart of Christ, that I accept the Holy Father’s appointment as the new Bishop of Portsmouth, in succession to dear Bishop Crispian. I look forward with joy to working with my fellow priests and with all who minister in parishes, schools and other contexts, caring for the people of God. May we all together be in the closest communion of heart and mind with our Holy Father, Pope Benedict, and faithful tohis call to new evangelisation.
The ministry of the Bishop, as the chief shepherd, priest and teacher of the flockentrusted to him, involves carrying the Lord’s Cross in a particular way. So as I begin this ministryand look to the years ahead, I sincerely ask you for your prayers, together with those of our brothers and sisters in the other Christian communities and indeed of every person of faith and goodwill. May Mary, Queen conceived without original sin, and St. Edmund of Abingdon, obtain for us a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit, that all may come to know, serve and love Our Lord Jesus Christ.