Roman Catholic Bishop of East Anglia’s ashes to be buried in St John’s Cathedral, Norwich

The ashes of East Anglia's Roman Catholic Bishop who lost his six-year battle against prostate cancer last year will be buried this month at a ceremony in Norwich.

The Rt Rev Michael Evans died in July last year, aged 59.

His funeral last summer saw more than 1,700 people attend St John's Cathedral in what was thought to be the biggest congregation in its 101 year history.

The interment of his ashes will be held at a ceremony at the Earlham Road cathedral on Saturday, January 21 at noon.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the simple service, including clergy and laity from across the diocese.

Father James Walsh, cathedral dean, said: 'It's bringing to a close Bishop Michael's time here.

'His funeral took place in July and it is very appropriate for the burial to take place in the cathedral he loved, cherished and supported.

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'It's bringing to completion his time at the cathedral.'

Bishop Michael was appointed by Pope John Paul II as the third Bishop of East Anglia on St Valentine's Day in 2003. In November 2005 he spoke about his cancer for the first time.

All members of the public are invited to the interment of Bishop Michael's ashes.

His ashes will be buried at the new Chapel of the Saints of East Anglia at the east end of the cathedral. The ceremony will be followed by a reception in the Narthex.

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