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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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.


  • Tuesday 6th October: School visitations: English Martyrs Catholic Primary School, St Paul's Catholic Primary School, Reading
  • Wednesday 7th - Friday 9th October: Clergy Retreat, Douai Abbey
  • Friday 9th October: Requiem Mass for Fr George Lyons, 7pm, English Martyrs church, Reading
  • Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th October: Pastoral Visitation, North Downs Pastoral Area
  • Monday 12th October: Blessing of Hermit - St Cecilia's Abbey
  • Tuesday 13th October: Council of Priests meeting
  • Thursday 15th October: Thanksgiving Mass for Year of Consecrated Life
  • Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th October: Pastoral Visitation, North Downs Pastoral Area



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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