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A Sacred Place

we Remember, we Celebrate, we Believe

In the life of every person, there comes a time when we are faced with the death of someone we love. At that moment we rely upon our faith in Jesus and His promise of resurrection to all who believe. At that same time we are surrounded by individuals and a community of believers wanting to express comfort and consolation.

Since the time of Jesus, the burial of the Christian faithful has been a part of our Church experience. Catholic Cemeteries exist because of our belief in the resurrection of the body, in some new shape or form, at the end of time.

History

The burial of the dead has always been recognized by the Church as a religious rite and a corporal work of mercy. Catholic cemeteries in the diocese of Albany date to the 18th century. Cemeteries were often established by parishes for their parishioners. In 1867, St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands was founded as an independent rural cemetery for Albany Catholics. Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery was established in 1925 for the use of parishes in Schenectady that did not have their own cemeteries. St. Mary’s Cemetery in Troy, a parish cemetery established in 1841, was reorganized and incorporated in the 1940s.

In 1968, the Diocesan Cemetery Office was established to mange these three cemeteries. Rev. Robert Buckley served as Assistant Supervisor and then Supervisor of Cemeteries from 1968 until his retirement in 1999. Rick Touchette has been Executive Director since 1994.

Over the years, as parishes merged and closed, the Diocesan Cemetery Office assumed responsibility for more cemeteries, and in 2009 a new corporation, The Catholic Cemeteries of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany NY (Albany Diocesan Cemeteries) was formed to manage the cemetery system.

Today, a staff of 40 dedicated professionals minister to the needs of Catholic families in 19 cemeteries in Albany, Schenectady, and Rensselaer counties.

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