Reverend Prebendary Dr Catherine Sourbut Groves is to ‘return home’ to be the next Archdeacon of Lindisfarne.
Catherine, 52, is currently vicar at St Barnabas and St Peter’s in Bath and Prebendary of Wells Cathedral. She has been an active and strong voice for the Magnificat parishes group in the diocese, which are those parishes ranked in the lowest 10% by socio-economic indicators. The name reflects Mary’s song of praise to the God who overturns the tables of inequality.
Catherine said: “Bath and Wells has been my home diocese for many years. Churches in this area have nurtured my faith, encouraged me into ordained ministry and enabled me to be the priest that God calls me to be. It will be a huge wrench to leave the church communities I have come to think of as family, the many friends made during my years in Bath, and of course many wonderful colleagues in the diocese. But having grown up in York, a move to the North East fills me with both the excitement of new beginnings and a sense of returning home to the North.”
Bishop Ruth said Catherine would be very much missed but would thrive in her new role. “I’m delighted that Catherine is to become the next Archdeacon of Lindisfarne. She follows in the footsteps of the Celtic saints who hd a passion for ministry and embraced the equality of all, valuding the ministry of both women and men. We shall miss her insight, courage and wisdom here in Bath and Wells.”
The Bishop of Newcastle, Rt Revd Christine Hardman, said: “Catherine is a joyous and positive person, with a lived faith and a passion to build understanding and relationships with the people she works with. Her ministry in the Diocese of Bath and Wells has been a creative and fruitful one as incumbent at St Barnabas, Bath, and St Peter’s Englishcombe, and as part of the diocesan vocations team and Magnificat Parishes group. I am delighted that she will be joining us as Archdeacon of Lindisfarne.
“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.”