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Nine years to travel from Anglican priest to Catholic Bishop


LONDON, Jan 6, 03 (CWNews.com) - One of the new auxiliary bishops in the Archdiocese of Westminster is a former Anglican priest who crossed to Rome just nine years ago.

Bishop-elect Alan Hopes, 58, is one of two new auxiliaries appointed by the Holy Father to assist Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor. Father Hopes was ordained an Anglican minister in 1968. He converted to Catholicism in 1994 and was ordained a Catholic priest the following year.

Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, who appointed Father Hopes vicar general in 2001, today welcomed the new appointment.

He said, "Both as parish priest and more recently as vicar general, Father Alan Hopes has already given outstanding service to the diocese at large and its priests in particular."

Hopes said, "I am humbled and honored to have been appointed a bishop by the Holy Father and delighted to have been asked to assist Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor as one of his Auxiliary Bishops."

He continued, "I served in the ministry of the Church of England for 27 years and I am grateful to it for having nurtured my Christian faith and for having graciously helped me to embrace fully the Catholic Church. The friendships I established there are still a great source of strength for me."

The second new auxiliary bishop is Father Bernard Longley, an expert in ecumenism and currently an Assistant General Secretary at the Catholic Bishops' Conference.

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8 Jan 2003