Church appoints new Archdeacon of Lindisfarne - religious leader will develop rural strategy for diocese

A new Archdeacon of Lindisfarne has been appointed.
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Reverend Prebendary Dr Catherine Sourbut Groves, 52, takes over from the Venerable Peter Robinson, who earlier this year moved to become Dean of Derby.

She is currently vicar at St Barnabas and St Peter’s in the Diocese of Bath and Wells and Prebendary of Wells Cathedral.

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Catherine said: “I’m really looking forward to getting to know the people in the diverse hamlets, villages and towns of Lindisfarne archdeaconry.

Catherine Sourbut Groves is the next Archdeacon of Lindisfarne.Catherine Sourbut Groves is the next Archdeacon of Lindisfarne.
Catherine Sourbut Groves is the next Archdeacon of Lindisfarne.

“For now, I will mostly be based in the Archdeacon’s office at Church House in North Shields, and will be meeting people via Zoom, WhatsApp, phone etc, but I’m praying for a slowing of the virus and an easing of restrictions so I can get out and about in the archdeaconry and see as many people as I can face to face as soon as possible.”

The Bishop of Newcastle, Rt Rev Christine Hardman, announcing the appointment, said: “Alongside the usual duties of an Archdeacon, Catherine will be taking the lead role for the rural strand of our Diocesan strategy, and will be working closely with all of the parishes in the Lindisfarne archdeaconry as we seek to take the next steps together in growing church bringing hope so that our ministry and mission to the communities we serve will grow and flourish.”

Catherine is married to Mike and has two grown up children.

Brought up in Yorkshire, Catherine trained at Sarum College Salisbury (2004–2007). She served her curacy in three villages in Somerset before returning to Bath Deanery in 2011.

Catherine Sourbut Groves.Catherine Sourbut Groves.
Catherine Sourbut Groves.

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