Philip Ellis (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Philip Michael Ellis
OSB
Bishop of Segni
Church Roman Catholic Church
Appointed 3 October 1708
Installed 28 October 1708
Term ended 16 November 1726
Predecessor Pietro Corbelli
Successor Gianfrancesco De' Bisleti
Orders
Consecration 6 May 1688
by Ferdinando d'Adda
Personal details
Born 8 September 1652
Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, England
Died 16 November 1726 (aged 74)
Buried Chapel of the Seminary of Segni
Nationality English
Denomination Roman Catholic
Parents John Ellis and Susannah Welbore
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Philip Michael Ellis (1652 – 16 November 1726) was an English Benedictine, the first Vicar Apostolic of the Western District of England and Wales, and subsequently Bishop of Segni, Italy.[1][2]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg "Philip Michael Ellis". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. 
  2. ^ Bishop Philip Michael Ellis, O.S.B. at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 23 June 2011.
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Catholic Church titles
New title Vicar Apostolic of the Western District
1688–1705
Succeeded by
Matthew Pritchard
Preceded by
Johann Bischopinck
Titular Bishop of Aureliopolis in Asia
1688–1708
Succeeded by
Daniele Delfino
Preceded by
Pietro Corbelli
Bishop of Segni
1726–1749
Succeeded by
Gianfrancesco De' Bisleti