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New Bishop of East Anglia appointed

By on Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Bishop Alan Hopes (© Mazur/

Bishop Alan Hopes (© Mazur/

The Pope has appointed Bishop Alan Hopes as new Bishop of East Anglia.

The 69-year-old is currently auxilliary Bishop of Westminster. A former Church of England vicar, he converted to Catholicism in 1994 and was appointed vicar-general of Westminster in 2001.

The see has been vacant since July 11, 2011, following the death of Bishop Michael Evans from cancer.

Speaking of the appointment, Bishop Hopes said: “It is with a profound sense of trust in God’s loving care for us, that I will undertake this new ministry as Bishop of East Anglia, entrusted to me by our Holy Father, Pope Francis. In this year of faith, and at the beginning of the pontificate of Pope Francis, it is an immense privilege to be called to follow in the footsteps of the late Bishop Michael Evans in serving and leading God’s holy people in this diocese.”

“I am grateful indeed to Fr David Bagstaff who has been Diocesan Administrator for the past two years and all who have had supported him in this responsibility.”

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, said he was “delighted” by the appointed and said he would like to thank Bishop Hopes for his “considerable service” for Westminster.

East Anglia Diocesan Administrator Fr David Bagstaff welcomed the new bishop, and said: “I am sure that he will be warmly welcomed in our Diocese, which has worked so hard to continue our mission of proclaiming the Gospel over the two years since Bishop Michael’s death. I am most grateful to the priests and people of the Diocese for their support, and am glad to hand over the responsibility for the Diocese to an experienced and trusted colleague who already has some knowledge of our Diocese and has expressed such joy in his appointment.”






  • Arklowsattic

    Deo Gracias! A good orthodox shepherd for the people of East anglia.

  • Marie Dean

    East Anglia is rejoicing I am sure-

  • Hermit Crab

    Wonderful news! Just what Norfolk needs.

  • paulpriest

    Well that’s been on the cards for such a long time – and about time too!

    [virtually as soon as +Vin got in the rumours flowed that he wanted his auxiliaries to be 'freed from the westminster nest' - Stacky to Wales, Hopes to East Anglia & Arnold to Liverpool - wonder if the Vinster will get his desired hat-trick?]

    I love Bishop Hopes’s preaching – his sincerity, piety and devotion is not something anyone could fake…there’s an underlying goodness within…and it’s diamond dust!
    Sure he might be inherently ‘magic circle’ and ‘spirit of vatican II’ – esque in his outlook

    - and certainly under the shadows of the Westminster monolith the petty politicking and self-indulgent elitist chatterings and Kafka-esque administrative nightmare can lead to so many episcopal graces and charisms being stultified and left rusty, dusty and fusty….but take a look at the awkward smile and you can see behind the eyes someone with whom the Holy Spirit can do business [and ye gods! East Anglia needs it!]

    The Shepherd now has his flock – may God enlighten, protect and direct him in all his ways.

  • Marie Dean

    Praise God for honesty

  • Cestius

    Just seen him on the BBC local news – I’m impressed. Especially that he has made it as an ex-Anglican. I believe he will be good for the people of East Anglia.

  • Benedict Carter

    The diocese (I am from it) has been a disaster zone ever since Alan “Partridge” Clarke was made boss of the first ARCIC group. I am told this man has himself said the Old Mass and is for its use. Please God it’s true.

  • Mustang

    Brilliant news! I lived in Norfolk for a time and I am delighted that an orthodox man will take the helm in East Anglia. Hmmm, I wonder if anything similar could happen here for my poor traumatised Archdiocese of Edinburgh…

  • Hermit Crab

    I’m not sure he is really ‘spirit of vatican II’.

    He does the LMS confirmations at St James Spanish Place, in Latin and using the 1962 Missal.

  • Hermit Crab

    It is true.

  • paulpriest

    someone’s got to do it…and if my granny had wheels she’d be a wagon
    I don’t particularly care about ‘trad-scene’ credentials but about orthodoxy, authenticity and sincerity…
    we had enough of that fiasco with +Arnold saying one thing and doing his trad-twirl to please the LMS then…well you can find out for yourselves..

  • Benedict Carter

    Good news then.

  • Cuthbert

    They have coped since 2011. Many in the diocese are saying they are better off withut a bishop.

  • Tylers_Twin

    2 years is a long time to appoint a 69 yo Westminster auxiliary. There are clearly problems between the local Church, the nuncio and the Vatican.

  • Athelstane

    Well, *that* has been obvious for some time.

  • Athelstane

    Ironic – but not surprising – that Rome and Mennino are now digging into the pool of recent Anglican converts to fill sees. What a message that is sending…

    Bishop Hopes will have his hands full. He needs our prayers.

  • Benedict Carter

    Isn’t it deeply ironic?! All the best to His Lordship, yes.

  • Frank

    From the information given on the SPUC website Bishop Hopes appears to be a good choice and is not afraid to speak out.

  • Benedict Carter

    Please God he proves a genuine shepherd and not another wolf.

  • Anti Nich

    Let us hope turns out very different to from the “Tribe Of westmeinster” It would appear they are the only people who cab supplu Bishops. What a crowd they are Nichols, Stack and he who went Liverpool. They are all in the wrong church, they should have submitted to Canterbury many yares ago. But pehaps Bishop Hopes has beeb able to enlighten them