Denver Newsroom, Feb 25, 2022 / 14:30 pm
Messages from around the world have flooded Twitter as the beloved “Digitalnun,” Sister Catherine Wybourne, died of cancer Feb. 24, at the age of 68.
Of your mercy please pray for the soul of Sister Catherine Wybourne, who died yesterday at home in the monastery, in the arms of her community. May she rest in peace.— Sr CatherineWybourne (@Digitalnun) February 25, 2022
Wybourne was born in Catham, England in 1954. She studied history at the University of Cambridge and became a banker. In 1981, at age 27, she decided to leave the financial world to join Stanbrook Abbey.
The Benedictine nun quickly became interested in technology while running the printing press at Stanbrook. In 2004 she founded the Holy Trinity Monastery, now Howton Grove Priory, in Herefordshire. It was at this time that she wanted to ensure it had an online presence. The nuns built their own website, created podcasts, videos, and included interactive elements such as forums and online meetings.