Bishop of Portsmouth (Catholic)

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Bishop of Portsmouth
Bishopric
Catholic
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Incumbent:
Bishop Philip Egan

Province: Southwark
Diocese: Portsmouth
Cathedral: Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Portsmouth
First Bishop: John Vertue
Formation: 1882

The Bishop of Portsmouth is the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth in the Province of Southwark, England.[1][2]

The bishop's official residence is Bishop's House, Bishop Crispian Way, Portsmouth, Hampshire.[2]

The current Bishop is Philip Egan who was ordained Bishop at St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth, on 24 September 2012, the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham.[3] Bishop Egan was previously the Vicar General for the Diocese of Shrewsbury and his appointment was announced by the Holy See on 11 July 2012. [4] The bishop emeritus is the Right Reverend Crispian Hollis, the 7th Bishop of Portsmouth, who was appointed on 6 December 1988.[5] He reached retirement age (75) in November 2011, and retired as Bishop on 11 July 2012 upon his successor's appointment. Bishop Hollis acted as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Portsmouth from 11 July 2012 until Bishop Egan's ordination on 24 September 2012.

History[edit]

In 1688 the Portsmouth area came under the authority of the Vicar Apostolic of the London District. On the restoration of the Catholic hierarchy in England and Wales in 1850 Portsmouth became part of the Diocese of Southwark. On 19 May 1882 the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth was created, and consists of the counties of Hampshire and Dorset, together with Berkshire and Oxfordshire south of the River Thames, plus the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands.[1]

List of the Roman Catholic bishops of Portsmouth[edit]

Bishops of Portsmouth
From Until Incumbent Notes
1882 1900 John Vertue Appointed bishop on 3 June 1882 and consecrated on 25 July 1882. Died in office on 23 May 1900.[6]
1900 1910 John Baptist Cahill Formerly an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Portsmouth (March–August 1900). Appointed Bishop of Portsmouth on 30 August 1900. Died in office on 2 August 1910.[7]
1910 1940 William Timothy Cotter Formerly an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Portsmouth (1905–1910). Appointed Bishop of Portsmouth on 24 November 1910. Died in office on 24 October 1940.[8]
1941 1965 John Henry King Formerly an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Portsmouth (1938–1941). Appointed Bishop of Portsmouth on 4 June 1941. Appointed the personal title Archbishop on 6 June 1954. Died in office on 23 March 1965.[9]
1965 1976 Derek Worlock Appointed Bishop of Portsmouth on 18 October 1965 and consecrated on 21 December 1965. Translated to the archbishopric of Liverpool on 7 February 1976.[10]
1976 1988 Anthony Joseph Emery Formerly an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Birmingham (1967–1976). Appointed Bishop of Portsmouth on 13 September 1976. Died on 5 April 1988.[11]
1988 2012 Crispian Hollis Formerly an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Birmingham (1987–1988). Appointed Bishop of Portsmouth on 6 December 1988.[5] Retirement accepted on 11 July 2012.
2012 Incumbent Philip Egan Formerly Vicar General to the Diocese of Shrewsbury and appointed Bishop of Portsmouth on 11 July 2012. Ordained as the Eighth Bishop of Portsmouth at the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Portsmouth, with Bishop Hollis as Principal Consecrator, on 24 September 2012, the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham. [12]

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