Alan Hopes

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Alan Hopes
Bishop of East Anglia
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Bishop Hopes in 2011
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
DioceseEast Anglia
SeeEast Anglia
Appointed11 June 2013
Installed16 July 2013
PredecessorMichael Charles Evans
Consecration24 January 2003
by Cormac Murphy-O'Connor
Personal details
Birth nameAlan Stephen Hopes
Born (1944-03-17) 17 March 1944 (age 75)
Oxford, England
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post
Alma materKing's College London
Coat of armsAlan Hopes's coat of arms
Ordination history of
Alan Hopes
Priestly ordination
Date4 December 1995
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorCormac Murphy-O'Connor
Co-consecratorsArthur Roche, Kieran Conry
Date24 January 2003
PlaceWestminster Cathedral

Alan Stephen Hopes (born 17 March 1944) is a British Roman Catholic prelate, and former Anglican priest. Since 2013, he has been the Bishop of East Anglia.[1] He previously served as an auxiliary bishop of Westminster and titular bishop of Cuncacestre.[2] He is an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund's College, Cambridge.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Hopes was born in Oxford, England on 17 March 1944.[2] He 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, graduating in 1966. He then attended Warminster Theological College, an Anglican theological college to train for ministry in the Church of England.[4]

Anglican ministry[edit]

Hopes was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1968. Hopes served as a priest in the Church of England until 1994. He was Vicar of St Paul's Church, Tottenham from 1978 to 1994.

Roman Catholic ministry[edit]


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.[4][5]

In 2001, Hopes was appointed Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Westminster[4] and in 2002 became a member of Bishops' Conference Committee for Liturgy and Worship.


On 4 January 2003, at the age of 58, he was appointed an auxiliary bishop of Westminster,[6] 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,[7] 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.[8]

On 11 June 2013, Pope Francis appointed Hopes the fourth Bishop of East Anglia[1][7] and installed on 16 July 2013 at St John the Baptist Cathedral, Norwich.[4]

In 2014, Hopes celebrated a historic Pontifical High Mass at the throne in his cathedral, for All Saints' Day.[9]

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.[10]

On 28 October 2016 he was appointed by Pope Francis a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.


  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,, retrieved 7 November 2010
  3. ^ "St Edmund's College - University of Cambridge". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Bishop Alan Hopes' Biography, Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, 11 June 2013, retrieved 11 November 2013
  6. ^ Bishop Alan Hopes, Archdiocese of Westminster, 24 February 2006, retrieved 7 November 2010
  7. ^ a b "Pope appoints new Bishop of East Anglia". Independent Catholic News. UK. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Two more Anglican bishops to become Catholic". Independent Catholic News. UK. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Historic: First Pontifical High Mass at the Throne in England since the advent of the new rite". Rorate Caeli. Published: 4 November 2014.
  10. ^ [1]
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Michael Charles Evans
Bishop of East Anglia
2013 – present
Preceded by
Owen Francis Swindlehurst
Titular Bishop of Cuncacestre
2003 – present
Succeeded by
Robert Byrne, C.O.