Mgr Egan: A "great teacher of the faith"

11/07/2012 11:45 am

Bishop Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury

The Rt Rev Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury, has heralded the announcement that one of his senior priests will be ordained the Eighth Bishop of Portsmouth.

In 2010, Bishop Davies made Mgr Philip Egan, a philosopher and theologian, Vicar General of his diocese.

Since then he has helped Bishop Davies to formulate and implement his policies on the New Evangelisation, in accordance with the wishes of the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.

As the episcopal vicar for the diocesan Department for the New Evangelisation, Bishop-elect Egan played a key role in the diocese's web development and communications. He coordinated the re-launch of the Shrewsbury Catholic Voice as a glossy quarterly magazine and also the re-launch of the diocesan website to utilise new media to full effect in the service of the Church.

He has brought together lay people from many cultural sectors of society and has just completed a programme of preaching and catechesis to present the teaching of the four parts of the Catechism of the Catholic Church for the forthcoming Year of Faith.

Bishop Davies said:

"Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict, has called a faithful and gifted priest in Monsignor Philip Egan to become the next Bishop of Portsmouth.

"In Monsignor Egan the Portsmouth diocese will find a great teacher of the faith and a bishop deeply committed to the New Evangelisation. It is with sadness that I say farewell with the Shrewsbury diocese to Monsignor Egan as Vicar General but it is with joy that I look forward to welcoming him as the new Bishop of Portsmouth."

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