Catherine was born and raised on the Peninsula, attended Burlingame High School and graduated from Mt. Holyoke with a degree in French and International Studies. Her interest in medieval history began at an early age, and this eventually led her to complete her doctoral degree from Trinity College, Oxford, on the fortifications of English Gascony at the end of the Hundred Years War. An Anglo Benedictine, she published her debut novel, The Templar’s Garden, prior to joining the staff of First Presbyterian Palo Alto and she is in the process of completing the other two novels of her historical fiction trilogy set in the 14th and 15th centuries, with accompanying music performed by the Choir of New College Oxford. She has lived abroad in the UK, Thailand and Japan, and in her “free time” Catherine enjoys writing poetry, swimming, traveling, singing soprano in the choir of St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Menlo Park and, of course, spending time with her daughter.
Professionally, she has held positions such as office coordinator, business development and marketing director, marketing and business assistant, and editor of a history-oriented magazine. Catherine was very excited to join the staff of First Pres; her faith means a lot to her, and she feels that working at a church is a calling, not just a job.