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Bishop Philip Egan Public Lecture

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Bishop Philip Egan Public Lecture

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"Newman’s Idea: Towards the Future of Catholic Education"

Location: Waldegrave Drawing Room

In his paper, Bishop Philip will explore Cardinal John Henry Newman's “The Idea of a University” with the help of the thought of Bernard Lonergan SJ, in order to suggest some new ways forward for Catholic Education today.

About the speaker

Bishop Philip Egan comes from Altrincham, Cheshire. A graduate of the University of London (King’s College), he undertook his formation for the priesthood at Allen Hall, London and the Venerable English College, Rome. He was awarded his Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) from the Pontifical Gregorian University and later, gained a doctorate in theology (PhD) from the University of Birmingham.

Bishop Philip was ordained to the sacred priesthood in August 1984 and served as an Assistant Priest at St. Anthony’s, Woodhouse Park (1985-8). He became assistant chaplain at Fisher House to the University of Cambridge from 1988-1991 and afterwards was appointed Chaplain to Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral (1991-4). He then undertook 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 in 2007 as a post-doctoral research fellow of the Lonergan Institute, before being appointed Parish Priest of Our Lady and St. Christopher’s, Romiley, near Stockport in 2008. In 2010, he became Vicar General of the Diocese of Shrewsbury and in 2011 a Prelate of Honour to his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and a Canon of Shrewsbury Cathedral.

Bishop Philip has frequently been invited to speak at theological symposia and at catechetical gatherings and he has regularly contributed to theological journals and religious magazines. He has written about the thought of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman and the great twentieth-century Jesuit philosopher Bernard Lonergan SJ. In 2009, he published Philosophy and Catholic Theology: A Primer (Collegeville).

On 24th September 2012, he was ordained as the eighth Bishop of Portsmouth.


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