THE new curate of a Durham church trained at the city's university after working in marketing in the United States.

Rosalyn Murphy will take up her role at St Nicholas Church, Market Place, after being ordained there by the Bishop of Jarrow, the Right Reverend John Pritchard, on Sunday.

Ms Murphy worked in marketing and public relations in Richmond, Virginia, rising to the rank of marketing president.

But then she discovered she wanted to enter the church and trained at St John's College.

Canon Anne Dyer, warden of the college's Cranmer Hall, said: "Rosalyn has brought a wealth of experience in helping us understand human nature and how to communicate the good work of the Church."

Ms Murphy, who has completed a postgraduate diploma in ministerial studies, said: "It has been an excellent formation opportunity and I have experienced training with people from all over the world."

These future priests epitomise the rich diversity present in the Anglican Church today.''