Bishop Alan Hopes was ordained Bishop, and appointed as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Westminster, on 24th January 2003. He is assigned the titular see of Cuncacestre. Bishop Hopes is chairman of the Department for Clergy and Consecrated Life and has pastoral responsibility for the Deaneries of Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, North Kensington, and Upper Thames.
Bishop Alan Hopes was born in 1944 in Oxford of London parents. He was educated at Oxford High School until he moved to London in 1956, when he attended Enfield Grammar. In 1963 he began a degree in Theology at King College, London, taking his degree in 1966. He then attended Warminster Theological College and was ordained priest in the Church of England in 1968. He served as a priest in the Church of England until 1994 when he was received into the Catholic Church.
He was ordained priest in the Catholic Church in December 1995. After two years as Assistant Priest at Our Lady of Victories in Kensington, London he became parish priest at Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More, Chelsea. In 2001 he was appointed as Vicar General. In 2002 he became a member of Bishops' Conference Committee on Liturgy and in 2005 was appointed as Chairman of the Committee on Liturgy.