Northumberland Lay Carmelite Community


Northumberland, in northern England, is a region famous for its Christian heritage. Saints such as Cuthbert and Aidan have left their mark on Northumberland, which boasts sites of pilgrimage such as the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, and Durham Cathedral.



Statues of Saints Cuthbert and Aidan by the ruins of Lindisfarne Priory


The Northumberland Lay Carmelite Community is a vibrant group which gathers monthly for a programme of formation and friendship in the Carmelite tradition.


Previously the Bedlington Chapter of the Carmelite Third Order (Secular), in 2015 the community changed its name, and relocated to St. Aidan's Church in Ashington, to better reflect the needs of its members, who come from as far north as Berwick-upon-Tweed and as far south as Newcastle.


Members of the community organise an annual retreat for Lay Carmelites in northern Britain, normally held each June at Minsteracres Retreat Centre near Consett.


Lay Carmelites gathered at Minsteracres in 2006


The Northumberland Lay Carmelite Community is in regular contact with other Carmelite communities in the area, including the Newcastle Third Order Chapter, and members often take part in regional and national gatherings


Meeting venue & time


The community gathers at 2pm on the 3rd Sunday of the month at St. Aidan's Catholic Church, Station Road, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 8AD. To confirm meeting details please contact the community leader (details below).


Further information


Teresa Kelly (Leader)
38 Monkside
Stonelaw Dale
NE23 6JU

Tel: 01670 737563




St. Aidan's Catholic Church
Station Road
NE63 8AD


01670 737563