Bishop Alan Hopes, recently appointed Bishop of East Anglia, will celebrate Pontifical High Mass in the Old Rite in Norwich's Catholic Cathedral on All Saints' Day (Saturday 1st November) at 12 noon.
The cathedral address is Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Unthank Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 2PA.
For very many years, East Anglia Diocese could quite accurately, and without any lack of charity, have been described as a liturgical desert, as far as the Traditional Mass was concerned. Coincidentally, or perhaps not, vocations plummeted. More than that, there was tangible hostility from many diocesan clergy, all the way up to the top. The arrival of Bishop Hopes marks a thaw in the long winter.
Bishop Hopes celebrated a number of Traditional Masses for the LMS in Westminster Cathedral during his time as auxiliary bishop there, and has also conferred the Traditional Rite of Confirmation for us at the LMS's annual ceremony in London. So the faithful of East Anglia are in good hands.
It is worth remembering the LMS's role in all of this. We have been trying to get a Traditional Mass celebrated at Norwich Catholic Cathedral for many months, since before Bishop Alan was appointed in fact. After repeatedly negative responses, we tried again shortly after his appointment and were met with a sympathetic reply. It is one of the things that the LMS does to keep up the pressure for more Traditional Masses. It's one of the reasons why, if you're not already a member of the LMS, you should join us.
I`m looking forward to going to the opening of the Institute of Christ the King`s apostolate in Preston on Saturday too