|The Right Reverend
|Bishop of East Anglia|
Alan Hopes in 2011
|Church||Cathedral Church of St John the Baptist|
|Appointed||11 June 2013|
|Installed||16 July 2013|
|Predecessor||Michael Charles Evans|
|Consecration||24 January 2003
by Cormac Murphy-O'Connor
|Birth name||Alan Stephen Hopes|
14 March 1944 |
|Alma mater||King's College London|
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|Ordination history of Alan Hopes|
|Date of ordination||4 December 1995|
|Principal consecrator||Cormac Murphy-O’Connor|
|Date of consecration||24 January 2003|
|Place of consecration||Westminster Cathedral|
Early life and education
He was born in Oxford, England on 14 March 1944. 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.
Roman Catholic ministry
In 1994, 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.
On 4 January 2003, at the age of 58, he was appointed an auxiliary bishop of Westminster, making him one of the most senior members of Catholic clergy to have converted in the 1990s. On 24 January 2003 he received episcopal consecration, 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 June 2015, Bishop Hopes visited the Port of Felixstowe at the invitation of Apostleship of the Sea. He went on board two ships and met with seafarers and blessed them. He also celebrated Mass at the port chapel.
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- "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|
Michael Charles Evans
|Bishop of East Anglia
2013 – present
Owen Francis Swindlehurst
|Titular Bishop of Cuncacestre
2003 – present
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