The community of St Cuthbert in Durham City has appointed a new Prior to lead the newly formed Christian community.

The Revd Dr Richard Briggs who is Director of Biblical Studies and lecturers on the Old Testament at Cranmer Hall (part of St John’s College, Durham University) will take up his new role alongside his work at the University from the 1st October.

The community was formed from its home base at St Nic’s in the city to welcome any Christian who longs to grow in their discipleship to Jesus and who is prepared to journey with others in a quest for a life-changing faith. Drawing inspiration from the life of St Cuthbert and centred in the Diocese of Durham, the community of St Cuthbert is united in a common commitment to intentional discipleship. 

Richard said: “

I am very excited about this new opportunity to serve the church in and around Durham, and particularly happy to be joining the team at St Nic’s. The Community of St Cuthbert is a wonderful new initiative that St Nic’s have already been developing, and it is all about seeking old wisdom for new times – locating the rhythms of God’s grace in our confusing and stressful world. I look forward to exploring and developing that with you all, and to seeing what God has in store for us.”

The Revd Arun Arora, Vicar of St Nic’s said:”

We couldn’t be more pleased that Richard has accepted the invitation to lead and shape the Community of St Cuthbert. At the heart of the community is a commitment to discipleship and deepening faith to which all people across the Diocese and beyond are invited. As both a scholar and priest Richard brings with him the skills and experience which we believe God is calling him to use in this new role. He will be a blessing to us here at St Nic’s as well as to the wider Diocese.”

Commenting on the appointment, The Revd Canon David Tomlinson, Programme Director for Strategic Growth in the Diocese of Durham said: “Growing the church is about growing people. This new role will enable people of all ages and traditions to engage with what it means to be spiritual beings in a secular world. Our spirituality roots us in places that touch everything at a time when the uncertainties around COVID are all-embracing. I am confident that Richard will be an encourager and enabler to many and as he takes on the ancient mantle of ‘prior’ the authentic faith he lives will be an inspiration.”


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