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
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.
Murphy-O'Connor, who appointed Father Hopes vicar general in 2001, today welcomed the new
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."
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."
"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.
8 Jan 2003