Philip Ellis (bishop)
|The Right Reverend
Philip Michael Ellis
|Bishop of Segni|
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|Appointed||3 October 1708|
|Installed||28 October 1708|
|Term ended||16 November 1726|
|Successor||Gianfrancesco De' Bisleti|
|Consecration||6 May 1688
by Ferdinando d'Adda
|Born||8 September 1652
Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, England
|Died||16 November 1726 (aged 74)|
|Buried||Chapel of the Seminary of Segni|
|Parents||John Ellis and Susannah Welbore|
He was the son of the Rev. John Ellis, Rector of Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, a descendant of the Ellis family of Kiddall Hall, Yorkshire, and Susannah Welbore. Of six brothers, John, the eldest, became Under-Secretary of State to William III of England; William, a Jacobite Protestant, was Secretary of State of James II of England in exile; Philip became a Benedictine monk and Catholic bishop; Welbore became Protestant bishop of Kildare and afterwards of Bishop of Meath, Ireland; Samuel was Marshal of King's Bench; and Charles an Anglican clergyman.
Philip, while still a Westminster schoolboy, was converted to the Catholic faith, and when eighteen years old went to St Gregory's, Douai, where he was professed, taking the name of Michael in religion (30 November 1670). After ordination he returned in 1685 to the English mission where he became one of the royal chaplains. In 1688 he was appointed vicar Apostolic of the newly created Western District and was consecrated by Mgr. d'Adda, the papal nuncio (6 May).
At the revolution in 1688 he was imprisoned, but being soon liberated he retired to Saint-Germain and afterwards to Rome. In 1696 he was named assistant prelate at the pontifical throne; and in Rome his knowledge of English affairs made him so useful that his repeated petitions for leave to return to his vicariate were refused.
In 1704 he resigned the vicariate, and in 1708 was made Bishop of Segni, being enthroned on 28 October. His first care was to rebuild the ruined monastery of S. Chiara and open it as a diocesan seminary. This he enriched with many gifts and a large legacy. A curious survival of his English title is an inscription at Segni to "Ph. M. Mylord Ellis".
Eleven sermons preached in 1685 and 1686 before James II, Queen Mary of Modena, and Queen Henrietta Maria, were published in pamphlet form, some of which have been reprinted (London, 1741; 1772). The Acts of his synod at Segni in 1710 were also published by order of Pope Clement XI.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Philip Michael Ellis". Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company.
|Catholic Church titles|
|New title||Vicar Apostolic of the Western District
|Titular Bishop of Aureliopolis in Asia
|Bishop of Segni
Gianfrancesco De' Bisleti