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Fr. David Waite, R.I.P.
06 June 2011

With sadness but trusting in the mercy of God the British Province of Carmelites announces the death of Fr. David Waite, O.Carm., on the morning of Monday 6th June 2011.

David was born in Caterham, Surrey, in 1946. In 1976 he joined the Carmelites, leaving behind a career at the Bank of England.

After completing his noviciate he made first profession at Aylesford Priory and then went to Rome to begin studies in preparation for priesthood which he completed in Rome and Dublin.

David made his Solemn Profession at Whitefriars School, Cheltenham, in 1983 and was ordained Priest at English Martyrs, Walworth, in 1990.

During his ministry David served in  a variety of our communities in the Province and also spent time at the service of the Order in Rome taking on the care of the prestigious Carmelite Central Library and, at the same time, the editorship of the bibliography for Carmelus, the Order’s academic journal.

In recent years David had combined an ongoing commitment to the Order’s cultural life in Rome with pastoral ministry at Aylesford Priory in Kent.

Diagnosed with cancer late in 2010 David’s last months were characterised by a great sense of peacefulness and warmth of welcome for all those he met.

David died peacefully at Aylesford Priory, supported by the prayers of the community.

Fr. David's body will be received into the Relic Chapel at Aylesford Priory at 6pm on Sunday 12th June. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 11.30am on Monday 13th June, followed by burial in the Province Cemetery.

Throughout his religious life David was a man rooted in prayer and a deep love for God’s Word.

May God grant him eternal rest in the company of Our Lady of Mount Carmel to whose service he pledged himself.

Fr. David with the Prior General of the Carmelite Order
during the 2011 Provincial Chapter