Tuesday, 11 June 2013

New Bishop for East Anglia

It was reported in The Catholic Herald today that 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.”


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