PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Father Philip Wilson, a monk of Portsmouth Abbey, died at the Village House in Newport on September 22, 2017. He was 92 years old.
Born in 1925 and named after his father Frederick, he grew up in Warren, RI, and was a lifelong enthusiast of local history. He graduated from the public school system and went on to get his Bachelor’s degree from Brown University.
After college, he entered the then Portsmouth Priory and was professed as a monk in 1948. He did his theological studies at Oxford and was ordained a priest in 1953. Since then he has lived a life of service to both the monastery and the school.