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Catherine will be collated and installed as Archdeacon of Lynn at 3.30pm on Saturday 1 October in Norwich Cathedral. All are welcome to attend the service.

Catherine was born and grew up in Norfolk and went to school in Norwich. She trained on the Eastern Region Ministry Course, and was ordained as a Deacon at Peterborough Cathedral in 2009 and as a Priest in 2010.

Catherine served her curacies in the benefice of Broughton, a group of four rural parishes near Kettering, and then in the market town of Rothwell and surrounding villages.

Catherine returned to Norfolk in 2014 where she has served as the Rector to the Coastal Group for the last eight years. She became Rural Dean and a member of the College of Canons in 2019, and Chapter Canon at Norwich Cathedral in 2020.
She is married to Steve, and they have two children in their twenties.

Catherine enjoys walking, especially by the sea. She also plays the piano, but not when anyone is listening!

Catherine says:

I am delighted to be appointed as the next Archdeacon of Lynn. I am passionate about supporting the people of God in every parish, living out their faith with confidence and joy. I believe that our churches have a vital part to play in the flourishing of rural communities, and my home county of Norfolk holds a special place in my heart.

“I am hugely grateful to the people of the Coastal Group and the wider deanery, with whom I have been privileged to journey over these last eight years.

I look forward to working closely with Bishop Graham, Bishop Jane and the wider senior staff team in this new exciting role.”

Speaking about the appointment, the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham Usher says:

“I am delighted to have appointed Canon Catherine Dobson as Archdeacon of Lynn. Catherine brings much rural ministry experience and has been an excellent rural dean. Working with Bishop Jane, she will serve the parishes of the archdeaconry with care and a hope-filled realism.”

The Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Revd Dr Jane Steen said:

“I am delighted that the Revd Catherine Dobson will be the next Archdeacon of Lynn. Catherine’s faith shines through her life and ministry and I know that she will share the joy of the gospel in her role as Archdeacon. She brings a real love for the people of Norfolk, wise experience and rural ministry and a clear understanding that the duties of an archdeacon matter for the Church. I look forward to working with her.”


Revd Catherine Dobson succeeds Ian Bentley who served as Archdeacon of Lynn since 2018.


Details of the installation and collation service will follow shortly.