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2014 Youth Conference keynote speaker: Bishop Philip Egan

Posted by Daniel Blackman on 4 November 2013

The SPUC international pro-life youth conference will run 7-9 March 2014 at the Telford Campus outside Birmingham. We have an excellent line-up of speakers.

Our second keynote speaker will be the Rev Dr Philip Egan. Below is a profile.

Educated at St Ambrose College, and a graduate of University of London (King’s College), the Bishop 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), Wythenshawe, Manchester, 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 completing further studies at Boston College, Massachusetts.

For 12 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 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 Blessed John Henry Newman and Father Bernard Lonergan, the Canadian Jesuit theologian giant of the 20th century, and recently published Philosophy and Catholic Theology: A Primer (Collegeville, 2009).

Bishop Egan has been an outspoken and clear voice on the most important pro-life issues facing us in the UK right now.

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