New Columbarium at St. John the Evangelist Cemetery

people pose in cemetery
Committee members with Bishop Sam Rose. From L-R: Harry Roach, Roy Jones, Marilyn Dawe, Karen Morris, Bishop Sam, Rosalind Morgan, Gus French and Canon Christine Lynch (Rector/Parish of Bay Roberts/Coley’s Point).
Karen Morris

On July 17, 2022, during the annual Flower Service, the Rt. Rev’d Sam Rose, Bishop of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, dedicated the new columbarium at St. John the Evangelist Cemetery, Coley’s Point (Parish of Bay Roberts/ Coley’s Point). Columbaria are a new thing in this area but there seemed to be an interest in our church, so a columbarium committee was formed by vestry in February 2021.

bishop blessing new columbarium After much research and advice from other more experienced individuals, our columbarium was ordered in the Spring of 2021. New Burial and Cemetery Regulations were developed, and the columbarium committee was integrated with the existing cemetery committee. After several COVID-19 related delays, our columbarium finally arrived on a cold windy day in March 2022.

With its walkway and landscaping, it is a wonderful addition to our lovely, well-maintained cemetery. We are pleased to report that interest in purchasing niches has surpassed all our expectations. Thank you to the committee for all their volunteer work on this project.

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