The Catholic cemetery is the final resting place for the members of our Faith Community on our Journey to God. It is the gate of heaven. Burial in the consecrated ground of the Catholic cemetery allows you to share your faith values with future generations of your family. This legacy of faith is your gift to them. Catholic cemeteries are signs of hope that are places of prayer. They witness our faith in the Lord Jesus and the hope we share in his resurrection.
ST. KATHARINE DREXEL SHRINE AT GETHSEMANE CEMETERY
St. Katharine Drexel
(photo from: www.katharinedrexel.org)
Saint Katharine Drexel was born in 1858 into a prominent Philadelphia family. In 1891 St. Katharine founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. She dedicated her life and her significant family fortune to provide assistance and education to African American and Native American people. At the time of her death in 1955 there were more than 500 sisters teaching in 63 schools throughout the country. St. Katharine was beatified by Pope John Paul II on November 20, 1988.
St. Katharine’s work and ministry extended across the United States including the Archdiocese of Seattle. With funds provided by St. Katharine, St. George’s Industrial School opened in 1888 in what is now south Federal Way. Among those served were children of the Puyallup and Nisqually Tribes. While the school closed in 1936, Gethsemane Cemetery opened on the site in 1975.
A life size statue of St. Katharine Drexel is in the process of being carved in granite. When completed, it will be prominently placed on the eastern end of the cemetery road next to the section of the cemetery that is named in her honor. The current target date for completion and placement of the statue is Memorial Day 2014.
Assumption of Mary Columbarium – Calvary Cemetery
Calvary Cemetery, Seattle, is pleased to announce the long anticipated addition of the Assumption of Mary columbarium in the mausoleum. Construction is anticipated to begin soon. This columbarium will provide opportunities for the placement of cremated remains in the Assumption mausoleum corridor. Each niche also includes an integral cremation urn. The columbarium will feature a beautiful artistic depiction of Mary’s assumption into heaven using a fused color glass process.
Please click here to view an artist’s rendition.