Nottingham's seventh Bishop is the Rev. Edward Ellis, D.D., D.Ph., Administrator of St. Barnabas Cathedral in this city, and wellknown worker in the Christian Cooperation Movement. Only 44 years of age, he succeeds Bishop IvIcNulty, who died last June, and will be conitecrated on May 1, Feast of the Apostles SS. Philip and James.
Mgr. Charles Payne. Vicar Capitular of Nottingham (he also held that office prior to Mgr. McNalty's appointment), in announcing Dr Ellis as the future Bishop, told a newspaper man: " The clergy of the diocese are highly delighted with the appointment. In the 100 years' history of the Nottingham diverse there has never been a Bishop who really belonged here, hut .now we have a Nottingham priest who has risen to the position of Bishop of the diocese. Fr. Ellis has spent the whale of his ministerial life here, so he really belongs to us."
The Bishop-elect is a Nottingham man by birth. He will be the first Bishop of Nottingham who has been born in the diocese or has been a priest of the diocese. Of his six predecessors, two were Londoners, two came from Liverpool and one each from Flitmingham and Manchester. He was born on June 30, 1899.
Alter studying at Ratcliffe College, near Leicester, and the English College, Rome, where he gained hie'Documates II) Theology and Philosophy,' the young priest was ordained by the fifth Bishop of Nottingham, Mgr. Thomas Dunn, in St. Barnabas Cathedral on October I.5. 1922. In the following year, after completing his studies in Reim, Fr. Ellis returned to England to become assistant priest at St. Charles Borromeo's, Hadfield, Derbyshire.
After two years at Hadfield. Fr. Ellis was moved to St. Augustine's, Nottingham, as assistant priest to Canon F. M. Parmentier, remaining in this parish until 1930. At the extremely early age of 31 the future Bishop was made Administrator of St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham, by the late Bishop Dunn in 1930, holding that position for
three years In 1933 he returned to St. Charles's. Hadfield, as parish priest. In 1937 Bishop McNulty, who by this time had succeeded Bishop Dunn, sent for him to resume his duties as Administrator of St. Barnabas Cathedral, and Dr. Ellis has held that position everdsince.
VARIED ACTIVITIES Dr. Ellis was one of those instrumental in founding the Nottingham Docestin Catholic Nurses' Guild, or which he was the first Spiritual Director. Ile acted in a similar capacity in respect of the Nottineham branch of the Guild of SS. Luke, Cosmas and Damian (for Catholic doctors). Dr. Ellis has also been Director of Studies for the Nottingham Catholjc Evidence Guild, a keen supporter of the Catholic Social Guild, and in the field of sport of the Nottingham Catholic Cricket Club.
Recently Dr. Ellis has become known as a most popular and useful member of the Nottingham Christian Council, whist consists of an equal number of gtholic priests. Chutch of England Elergy and Free Church ministers.He is also a member or the Nottingham Christian Front Committee.
The restoration of St. Barnabas Cathedral, whrch this year is celebrating the centenary of its consecration, has also engaged his unceasing And tirelees efforts.
Early in the present year Dr. Ellis wrote concerning this centenary : " A tentative programme for the centenary celebrations is a ttiduum beginning on August 25. leading up to the actual consecration date, Sunday, August 27. at which we hope our new Bishop will celebrate Pontifical High Mass in the presence of the expected Archbishop of Westminster." Ile little imagined that he himself was to he the new Bishop of Nottingham, or his old acquaintance. Dr. Griffin, the Archbishop of Westminster.
Recently Dr. Ellis has been taking a leading part in the affairs of the Nottingham C.P.E.A., particularly in the matter of at ranging interviews with Ml's.