Pope Francis names new Bishop of East Anglia

The new Bishop of East Anglia, Bishop Alan Hopes.

The new Bishop of East Anglia, Bishop Alan Hopes. - Credit: Archant

Two years after the death of the much-loved former leader of the region's Roman Catholics, a new Bishop of East Anglia has been announced.

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Alan Hopes to lead the Diocese of East Anglia, which has its headquarters in Norfolk and also covers Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Bishop Alan is an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Westminster, and he will become the fourth bishop of the diocese, succeeding Michael Evans, who died in July 2011.

Fr David Bagstaff, who has been East Anglia's diocesan administrator since that time, will continue until Bishop Alan is installed at a ceremony at St John's Cathedral, Norwich on Tuesday July 16 at noon.

Bishop Alan 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.

'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 look forward with joy to working with the priests, deacons, religious and all the faithful who minister in the diocese in our common task of evangelisation.

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He added: 'I am grateful indeed to Fr David Bagstaff who has been diocesan administrator for the past two years and all who have supported him in this responsibility.'

Fr David said: 'I am delighted to hear of the appointment of Bishop Alan Hopes. 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.'

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