Alan Hopes

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The Right Reverend
Alan Hopes
Bishop of East Anglia
Hopes Newton Broadhurst 2011-01-13 cropped.jpg
Alan Hopes in 2011
Church Cathedral Church of St John the Baptist
Province Westminster
Diocese East Anglia
See East Anglia
Appointed 11 June 2013
Installed 16 July 2013
Predecessor Michael Charles Evans
Orders
Ordination
Consecration 24 January 2003
by Cormac Murphy-O'Connor
Personal details
Birth name Alan Stephen Hopes
Born (1944-03-14) 14 March 1944 (age 70)
Oxford, England
Nationality British
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Alma mater King's College London

Alan Stephen Hopes is the Catholic Bishop of East Anglia[1] He previously served as an auxiliary bishop of Westminster and titular bishop of Cuncacestre.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Oxford, England on 14 March 1944.[2] Hopes was educated at Oxford High School until he moved to London in 1956, when he attended Enfield Grammar School. In 1963 he began a degree in theology at King's College London, taking his degree in 1966. He then attended Warminster Theological College.[3]

Priesthood[edit]

He was ordained as an Anglican priest in the Church of England in 1968. Hopes served as a priest in the Church of England until 1994 when he was received into the Roman Catholic Church. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on 4 December 1995. For three years he served as assistant priest at Our Lady of Victories in Kensington, London, before becoming parish priest of the Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More Parish, Chelsea.[3][4]

In 2001, Hopes was appointed Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Westminster[3] and in 2002 became a member of Bishops' Conference Committee for Liturgy and Worship.

Episcopate[edit]

On 4 January 2003, at the age of 58, he was appointed an auxiliary bishop of Westminster,[5] making him one of the most senior members of Catholic clergy to have converted in the 1990s. On 24 January 2003 he received episcopal ordination,[6] along with the now Archbishop Bernard Longley, in Westminster Cathedral from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor. The principal co-consecrating bishops were Bishop Arthur Roche of Leeds and Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton.

In October 2010, Hopes was appointed as episcopal delegate of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales for the implementation of the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum coetibus.[7]

On 11 June 2013, Pope Francis appointed Hopes the fourth Bishop of East Anglia[1][6] and installed on 16 July 2013 at St John the Baptist Cathedral, Norwich.[3]

In 2014, Hopes celebrated a historic Pontifical High Mass at the throne in his cathedral, for All Saints' Day.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Pope Appoints New Bishop of East Anglia" (Press release). Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. 11 June 2003. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Cheney, David M. (21 August 2013), Bishop Alan Stephen Hopes, Catholic-hierarchy.org, retrieved 7 November 2010 
  3. ^ a b c d "Bishop Alan Hopes installed as new Bishop of East Anglia". Independent Catholic News (UK). 16 July 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Bishop Alan Hopes' Biography, Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, 11 June 2013, retrieved 11 November 2013 
  5. ^ Bishop Alan Hopes, Archdiocese of Westminster, 24 February 2006, retrieved 7 November 2010 
  6. ^ a b "Pope appoints new Bishop of East Anglia". Independent Catholic News (UK). 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Two more Anglican bishops to become Catholic". Independent Catholic News (UK). 8 November 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Historic: First Pontifical High Mass at the Throne in England since the advent of the new rite". Rorate Caeli. Published: 4 November 2014.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Michael Charles Evans
Bishop of East Anglia
2013 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Owen Francis Swindlehurst
Titular Bishop of Cuncacestre
2003 – present
Succeeded by
Vacant