Monday, February 22, 2010

Calvary Cemetery

On Sunday, February 21, 2010, my pal and fellow blogger Mark asked if on the way back from Our Lady of the Holy Cross we could stop at the cemetery and take pictures since it was such a dreary day.  Sure, why not? Calvary Cemetery began in the 1850s.  Many of the smaller cemeteries, such as the one attached to the Old Cathedral, were moved here.  Former Archbishops, bishops, priests, religious are all buried here with all sorts of people like the Chouteaus and the Soulards.  There are all kinds of tombstones.

A Priest Forever
Archdiocesan Priest Graves
The grave directly in the front of the cross was Cardinal Ritter.
He's at the New Cathedral now.
Monsignors are to the left in the back.

Really Really Old Priests graves.
I think the newest I found was 1920.
Many parishes had the monuments erected for their pastors.
Archbishop Kenrick's tomb is directly in front of the crucifix.
Bishop Kain's tomb is to the left.  

Gothic Spire Monument
I've seen angels, crosses, hearts, lambs.  
This is a first.

 I didn't realize the mausoleum was so totally cool.  There was a chapel downstairs.  On the first floor there was an altar where one could theoretically say Mass.  All of the windows were stained glass.

Symbol of eternal life

Ceiling on the first floor, in the chapel area.
It reads:
"I am the Resurrection and the Life, 
He that believeth in Me, although dead,
shall have eternal life."

All of the stained glass windows are of this style.
There is a stained glass window at the end of each hall.
The halls are named after either Mary's various names or
the different names for Jesus.

Pray for the Souls of the Faithfully departed.

God is Love

View from the Back Pew
Chapel downstairs

Chapel Windows
Looks rather like the Creation

St. Francis of Assisi
This window was off the side down one of the hallways.
There is a squirrel, bird, bunny and a wolf.

Death of St. Joseph

I've never seen a statue of St. Anne like this.

St. Louis Archdiocesan Cemeteries
From Rome of the West:  here, here, here, here


  1. A note on the death of St. Joseph, and the St. Anne statues.

    The St. Joseph statue came from the closed parish of St. Liborius you can see the wonderful crucifixion scene statues at Sacred Heart Paris, Eureka that were also from St. Liborius, they match this one and you can only imagine how wonderful the parish was inside after seeing all of these sets.

    The St. Anne statue came from the former St. Anne Shrine, it was taller when it was located there and the pillar was cut down to its current size in order to fit into its current location.