Bishop Alan Hopes' Biography

11/06/2013 11:00 am


Bishop Alan Hopes was born in 1944 in Oxford of London parents. He was educated at Oxford High School until he moved to London in 1956, where he attended Enfield Grammar.

In 1963 he began a degree in Theology at King College, London, taking his degree in 1966. He then attended Warminster Theological College and was ordained priest in the Church of England in 1968. He served as a priest in the Church of England until 1994 when he was received into the Catholic Church.

He was ordained priest in the Catholic Church in December 1995. After two years as Assistant Priest at Our Lady of Victories in Kensington, London he became parish priest at Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More, Chelsea.

In 2001 he was appointed as Vicar General. In 2002 he became a member of Bishops' Conference Committee on Liturgy and in 2005 was appointed its Chairman.

Bishop Alan Hopes was ordained Bishop, and appointed as an Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Westminster, on 24 January 2003. He was assigned the titular see of Cuncacestre. Bishop Hopes was Chairman of the Diocesan Department for Clergy and Consecrated Life and had pastoral responsibility for the Deaneries of Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, North Kensington, and Upper Thames.

On 11 June 2013, the Holy Father Pope Francis appointed Bishop Hopes the fourth Bishop of East Anglia. He will be Installed on Tuesday 16 July at St John the Baptist Cathedral, Norwich.

Responsibilities in the Bishops’ Conference

  • Chairman of the Liturgy Committee - Department of Christian Life and Worship
  • Observer on the ICEL Commission
  • Co-Ordinator for national Ethnic Chaplaincies
  • Bishop with responsibility for the implementation in England and Wales of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus

Responsibilities in the Archdiocese of Westminster

  • Particular Pastoral Responsibility for Clergy and Consecrated Life
  • Overseeing vocations work, selection conferences for the Seminary, ongoing formation of the clergy, the welfare of the sick and retired clergy, and the Permanent Diaconate.
  • Overseeing the 50 or so Ethnic Chaplaincies of the Diocese
  • Overseeing the pastoral care for Universities, Hospitals and Prison Chaplaincies


News release from East Anglia announcing the appointment

A short biography of Bishop Alan Hopes

A brief overview of the Diocese of East Anglia

A gallery of images of Bishop Alan Hopes