The funeral of Bishop Eduard Ellis (above), the retired bishop of Nottingham takes place today in Nottingham Cathedral. After the concelebrated Mass of the Resurrection members of his family and the Cathedral Chapter will attend a private burial ceremony in the crypt.
Bishop Ellis, who celebrated his eightieth birthday a few days before his death last Friday, was the first nathe born bishop of Nottingham and led his diocese for 30 years from 1944.
In that time Nottingham's Catholic population doubled, 40 new parishes were established, the number of children in Catholic schools more than tripled and 64 new churches and chapels were
Bishop Ellis was well known for his interest in education and was often quoted as saying: "I would rather open a school than a church any day." Under his leadership the number of Catholic schools in Nottingham increased from 69 to 116.
He founded St Hugh's College at Tollerton to provide an education for boys who hoped to be priests. He also established a diocesan residential centre at ('rich near Matlock, to specialise in youth conferences.
After World War II, he became involved in caring for the immigrants and refugees who came to Britain, and served on a government commission to Germany.