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Medieval Carmelites Reinterred
01 November 2010

On Monday 1st November 2010, Feast of All Saints, the mortal remains of some 31 Carmelite friars and laity from the pre-Reformation friaries at Newcastle and Northallerton were reinterred in Newcastle's Jesmond Old Cemetery.

The plaque on the coffin.

The simple private ceremony was presided over by the Prior of the York Carmelite Friary Fr. Antony Lester, O.Carm., who represented the Prior Provincial of the British Province of Carmelites. He was joined in prayer by Lay Carmelite Johan Bergström-Allen of the Carmelite Projects & Publications Office who has coordinated the reburial of the Carmelites, removed from the medieval friary sites in Newcastle and Northallerton during excavations between 2006 and 2008.

The ceremony was also attended by Richard Annis, Senior Archaeologist at Archaeological Services Durham University, and one of his colleagues who had worked on the dig in Newcastle.

Richard Annis and Fr. Tony.

The coffin was generously gifted by Durham Cooperative Funeral Care.

Fr. Tony with the undertakers from Durham Cooperative Funeral Care.

A reporter from the local BBC Radio station covered the event (the recording can be heard online until 7th November by clicking here - the piece is 23 minutes in).

Lowering the coffin.

A memorial Mass celebrating the lives of the medieval Carmelites will be held at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Jesmond at 11am on Monday 15th November (Commemoration of All Carmelite Souls), to which all are welcome. This will be followed by a brief prayer service at the graveside.

"May the dead rest in peace and rise in glory".