Having accepted the resignation of Bishop Alan Hopes as the fourth Bishop of East Anglia, in accordance with Canon 401§1, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has appointed the Rev. Canon Peter Collins, a priest of the Archdiocese of Cardiff, as the fifth Bishop of East Anglia. The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Hopes as the Apostolic Administrator until the Ordination and Installation of Bishop-elect Collins takes place. Bishop-Elect Collins will be ordained on the Memorial of St John of the Cross, Wednesday 14th December, at 11.30am in the Cathedral Church of St John the Baptist in Norwich. Please keep both Bishop-Elect Collins and the clergy and people of the Diocese of East Anglia in your prayers.
On hearing of his appointment, Bishop-Elect Collins said: As I emerge from the shock of hearing that the Holy Father has appointed me to the Diocese of East Anglia, it is with sincere humility, deep trust and great hope that I look to the future. As I prepare to leave the Archdiocese of Cardiff, I give thanks to Almighty God for all I have received from the community of faith that has nurtured me throughout my life. I wish to thank Archbishop Mark and Archbishop George for their consistent and enduring support. To God’s Holy People in my new diocese – clergy, religious and laity – I offer the assurance of my prayers and ask for their prayerful support over the coming weeks as I prepare for my ordination and episcopal ministry. I am so grateful to Bishop Alan for the warmth of his welcome and in communion with the whole diocese I thank him for the generosity of his apostolic service over the past nine years. I will undoubtedly be drawing upon the wealth of his wisdom and experience in the days ahead. As I leave the mountains and valleys of the West for the expansive plains of the East, I realise that my horizons will change and that I have much to learn. Trusting in God’s grace and mercy and obedient to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, let us discern together the pathway that awaits us and recognise that the Gospel is forever new and that the Church remains forever young.