Bishop Robert Ellison - Bishop of the Diocese of Banjul


Robert Patrick Ellison was born in Blackrock, Ireland in 1942. He was educated at Blackrock College, Dublin and University College, Dublin where he gained a BSc in 1965. Shortly afterwards he proceeded to Rome to study theology at Gregorian University and in 1970 was awarded an STL (Sacrae Theologiae Licentia) in dogma.


Bishop Ellison began his career in The Gambia teaching at St Augustine's High School. However he returned to Rome in 1972 studying theology, law and the history of Islam at the Pontifical Institute for Islamic & Arabic Studies. He was Priest in Charge of St Michael's Njongon 1973‐1974. He continued to teach theology and subsequently Islamic Studies whilst Director of the Philosophy Formation House, in Dublin, Ireland. In 1980 he was awarded a certificate of Linguistics by the Summer Institute of Linguistics at High Wycombe, England.


Since 1981, Bishop Ellison has been deeply associated with The Gambia where he has served as Administrator of the Cathedral of Banjul, elevated to Vicar‐General where he led the building and administration of the Junior Seminary in Lamin and subsequently was appointed Director. He served as parish priest of Star of the Sea, Bakau; District Superior of the Holy Spirit Congregation and in 1999 he returned to Rome as Secretary General of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit.


On 25th February 2006, he was appointed Bishop of Banjul by Pope Benedict XVI.