Bishop Philip Egan

Mgr Philip Egan

Bishop 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, Ma. 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.


Bishop Philip is frequently asked to speak at theological symposia and at catechetical gatherings and he has regularly contributed to religious journals and magazines. He has written about the thought of Newman and Lonergan and recently published Philosophy and Catholic Theology: A Primer (Collegeville, 2009).


Gratefully building on the pastoral work of Bishop Crispian and fellow clergy he humbly asks for your prayers as he receives this call from the Holy Father to serve as Bishop.




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Pastoral Letters


24th September 2017 - Bringing People to Jesus through His Church 14th May 2017 - God is Calling You 15th January 2017 - The Sacrament of the Holy Spirit 2nd October 2016 - The future of our Catholic schools 10th July 2016 - Getting Married 14th February 2016 - The Sacrament of God's Mercy 27th December 2015 - The Mission of Family 15th November 2015 - God's Mercy 14h June 2015 - Church Social Teaching 18th January 2015 - Mary's Husband 26th October 2014 - The Blessed Mother - Sharing the Joy of the Gospel 29th June 2014 - The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the New Evangelisation 23rd March 2014 - Sin, Lent, Redemption 12th January 2014 - Becoming a Missionary Disciple 29th September 2013 - Christ’s Church 26th may 2013 - The Most Holy Trinity



10th March 2013 - God's Existence - Our Happiness 30th December 2012 - Holy Family 7th October 2012 - Year of Faith 24th September 2012 - Address at the Episcopal Ordination


In Corde Iesu
“In the Heart of Jesus”

I chose this motto because Jesus of Nazareth is the centre of our Christian Faith and his Sacred Heart, pierced for our salvation, is the chief symbol of his love (Catechism 478). Jesus is the Son of God. He is also the Perfect Human Being and thus for us the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6). He knows and loves every one of us without exception and on the Cross of Calvary he laid down his life for us. He desires through the Gospel to make us his disciples and to incorporate us into the life of His Body, the Church. Filled with love, his Heart inspires all of us to reach out in love to our neighbour, especially to the poor and needy, so that they too may come to happiness and salvation.


Thursday 7th December

Trustees meeting, Bishop’s House
Vicars General meeting, Bishop’s House


Friday 8th December

Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception,
St John’s Cathedral, 12:15pm
Religious visitation: Handmaids of Sacred Heart, Boscombe


Please note: the Bishop receives a high volume of correspondence and, as resources are limited,
he cannot always guarantee an individual reply nor can he enter into a discussion.

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