The Reverend Dr Catherine Wright
- Lodge, second floor, L4
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Role at Ridley:
Tutor in Christian History and Spirituality
Co-ordinator of the Simeon Centre
Dean of Women
Catherine teaches on Christian History and Spirituality modules in the Federation. She also has a particular interest in enabling women to thrive during their training, as they prepare to take on the leadership responsibilities that are part of ordained ministry. She enjoys walking alongside those who are responding to a call to serve God in new ways and appreciates that this can be both a joyful and a challenging path to follow.
Before coming to Ridley Hall in 2014, Catherine completed twelve years in the Diocese of Bath and Wells as a Diocesan Director of Ordinands, which included responsibility for the training of curates in a range of contexts. As Dean of Women Clergy in the diocese, Catherine held an extensive portfolio as a member of the diocese’s senior staff team, working with bishops and other colleagues in the shaping and delivery of policy in areas such as vocational discernment, missional diaconal ministry and professional development for clergy. At the heart of all her work has been the desire to enable every disciple of Christ to reach her or his full potential, through opportunities to deepen spiritual life, knowledge of the Christian faith and engagement in worship, work, community and mission. Getting out and about in the diocese to preach, teach and lead worship and retreats offered an important balance week by week, enabling her to experience the full diversity of the Anglican church and to understand first-hand the challenge of mission and ministry in our culture today.
Ridley Hall is a diverse community. As Safeguarding Officer, Catherine works to ensure that Ridley Hall is a safe place for all children and vulnerable adults, working closely with the Diocese of Ely, and using current Church of England guidelines for good practice.
Brought up in Folkestone, Kent, Catherine studied English Literature at Bristol University before qualifying as a Solicitor in 1986. She returned to academic work to complete a Masters in Medieval Studies in 1990 and was awarded her PhD in 2000. Her doctoral work included an edition of a late medieval manuscript, known as John Gysborn’s commonplace book, which offered a rare insight into the spirituality and practice of a northern monk-priest in the uncertain times that preceded the Reformation.