If you wish to contact the Bishop’s Office, which is not located at the Cathedral Church, please visit the website of the diocese: www.rcdea.org.uk 

The Right Reverend Alan Hopes

Bishop Alan Hopes took possession of the Diocese of East Anglia on 16 July 2013, after his appointment by Pope Francis, becoming the fourth Bishop of East Anglia in the modern era. Although the modern diocese was founded only in 1976, it has ancient roots. The first bishop in East Anglia, St Felix, died around 647/8. Prior to his appointment to East Anglia, Bishop Alan had been auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of Westminster, having been ordained bishop on 24 January 2003 by Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, with the title of Bishop of Cuncacestre [Chester-le-Street], successor of St Cuthbert.

Bishop Alan was born in Oxford on 17 March 1944. He graduated at King’s College London in 1966, and was ordained for ministry in the Church of England in 1968. He served as an Anglican priest until 1994, when he was received into the Catholic Church.

Ordained to the priesthood on 4 December 1995 by Cardinal Hume at Westminster Cathedral, he served as assistant priest at Our Lady of Victories in Kensington, and then as parish priest of the Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More Parish in Chelsea.

At the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, he has oversight of liturgy and worship, and also had responsibility for implementing the establishment of a special ordinariate created by Pope Benedict XVI for former Anglicans who desired to become Catholic, while maintaining their spiritual and liturgical heritage. Bishop Alan is a Knight Commander with Star of the Equestrian Order of The Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

He continues to serve the holy people of God in East Anglia as bishop and successor of the Apostles at the pleasure of the Holy Father. As bishop, his cathedra, or throne, is found at the heart of our Cathedral Church. Although the Cathedral Church is also a regular parish, we are greatly honoured to be custodians of Bishop Alan’s cathedra, and to have a special care for the father of our diocesan family.

The Bishop’s Office is located in the parish of Poringland, south of Norwich, and his office may be contacted by visiting the diocesan website [www.rcdea.org.uk]. There, you can find contact details, as well as copies of his homilies, and latest news.

Our previous bishops

1976 – 1995: Bishop Alan Clark [died 16 July 2002, buried in the Basilica of Our Lady at Walsingham]

1995 – 2001: Bishop Peter Smith [died 6 March 2020, buried in the Metropolitan Catholic Church of St George at Southwark]

2003 – 2011: Bishop Michael Evans [died 11 July 2011, buried in the Cathedral Church of St John the Baptist at Norwich]