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Bishop Alan Hopes

Bishop of East Anglia

Towards a Revision of the Liturgy of the Hours

The Right Reverend Alan Stephen Hopes was born in Oxford on 17 March 1944 and was educated at Oxford High School until he moved to London in 1956, when he attended Enfield Grammar School. In 1966 he took a degree in theology at King’s College London and then attended Warminster Theological College.

In 1968 he was ordained for ministry in the Church of England and served as an Anglican priest until 1994 when he was received into the Catholic Church.

He was ordained a Catholic priest on 4 December 1995 in the Archdiocese of Westminster and for three years served as Assistant Priest at Our Lady of Victories in Kensington, before becoming Parish Priest of the Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More Parish, Chelsea.

In 2001 he was appointed him Vicar General and in 2002 became a member of the Bishops’ Conference Committee for Liturgy and Worship. On 4 January 2003 he was appointed by Pope (now Saint) John Paul II as an Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster with the title of Titular Bishop of Cuncacestre (Chester-le-Street) successor to Saint Cuthbert. On 24 January 2003 he was ordained to the Episcopate in Westminster Cathedral by Cormac, Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor.

In October 2010 Bishop Hopes was appointed as Episcopal Delegate of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales for the implementation of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI to enable those members of the Church of England seeking full communion with the Catholic Church to be received and maintain many of their liturgical practices.

On 11 June 2013 Pope Francis appointed Bishop Hopes as the fourth Bishop of East Anglia and he was duly installed on 16 July 2013 at St John the Baptist Cathedral, Norwich.

He is the Chairman of the Liturgy of the Bishop’s Council for England and Wales and he has been involved together with the appointed Delegate Bishop on the International Commission for English in the Liturgy since 2004.


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