After speaking with many families during my time here as Director, I’ve learned that some families are not aware that their cemetery is self-sustaining. Though the Diocese recognizes the needs of our Catholic cemeteries and oversees our operations, it does not release us from being responsible for our own financial obligations.
When a family chooses a Catholic cemetery, they have an expectation that their loved one is entrusted to an institution whose mission is the corporal work of mercy of burying the dead. This expectation and trust extends to the level of care and maintenance of their cemetery.
Each year, we use resources provided by our families to make necessary infrastructure repairs and to preserve and beautify each cemetery. Income generated through the sale of graves, crypts, niches, memorials, and vaults are continually invested back into your cemeteries. We’ve planted trees, created streams and ponds, improved facilities, developed new sections and paved roads. Our employees maintain 19 cemeteries with over 1900 acres of land, 35 miles of roads, and 60 buildings.
We understand that while much has been accomplished, much remains to be done. We look forward to continuing to serve the needs of our Catholic community and ensuring the future of your sacred places.
-Andrej Lah, Director of the Catholic Cemeteries Association