The Rev. Catharine T. Gibson, Rector

Reverend Catharine has served as “Old Durham”’s 42nd rector since 2017. A native of Washington, DC, she attended the National Cathedral Schools, which is where she first fell in love with Episcopal liturgy. Drawn by the question, “what makes us human?” she earned an AB in Anthropology from Harvard College and an MSc in Archaeology from the University of London. After a couple decades of archaeology, editorial work, community service, and raising a family, the same question of our humanity drew her to seminary and into the ordination process. She earned an MDiv from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2016 and has served in various capacities, both lay and ordained, at congregations in the DC area.

As a priest, as well as in her various other roles, she understands her call as helping others discover, claim, and share their stories. She serves on a local hospital review board and also as an informal editor for authors in several academic fields. She enjoys historical research, has a passion for ecological causes, and enjoys almost any activity that gets her out of doors. She and her husband have two grown children and one grandchild.

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