At the age of 17 he went to St Patrick's College, Maynooth for the diocese of Achrony and was ordained on the 21 June 1931. He spent most of his ministry as a professor of dogmatic theology at St Patrick's College, Maynooth.
Upon the death of Bishop Daniel Mageean in 1962, Pope John XXIII appointed him the 29th Bishop of Down and Connor. His stewardship of the diocese was marked by the outbreak of the Troubles in the late 1960s.
Philbin died August 22, 1991 in Dublin and in buried in St.Peter's Cathedral, Belfast .
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