A chance for the community to be heard
She will be the 60th Vicar of the church, which was founded in 1107 and she is also the Abbey’s first woman Vicar.
Catherine was born in Australia, raised in Hong Kong and later went to university in the UK. Before becoming a priest Catherine was a research scientist in the field of Artificial Intelligence. “It’s a skill I’m still looking to put to use in the church!”, she joked.
She started her training to become a priest in 1998 and since then, she has held posts in Australia, Paris, London, Essex and Norfolk. She was appointed to the role of Associate Vicar at Wymondham Abbey in 2013, so is familiar to the Abbey’s congregation and the town.
Revd Catherine said:
“the role of vicar of any church is an important and demanding post. In a parish the size of Wymondham that is particularly true. The heart of the job is loving and serving the people of Wymondham and Spooner Row, whether they come to church or not. There is a great team at the Abbey and a wonderful church family. It is a great blessing and huge honour to have been appointed to this historic church and serve this community.”
Head Churchwarden Bernard Douglass said:
“We are delighted with the appointment, although Catherine has been working at the church for over three years, she had to go through a full selection process, and she was clearly an outstanding candidate. We look forward to working closely with her as we embrace the challenging times ahead.”
Catherine will start her new job immediately, and will be formally ‘collated’ into the post in due course in a special ceremony at the church.