Catholic Diocese of Wilmington - Catholic Cemeteries

About Catholic Cemeteries

Catholic Cemeteries, Inc. has been in continuous operation since 1876. It was started as the Cathedral Cemetery Company with the opening of Cathedral Cemetery on Lancaster Avenue. It served as the only Diocesan Cemetery until 1958 when All Saints Cemetery was opened in Pike Creek valley. Over the years the cemeteries have evolved and changed from the more traditional facility with in-ground burials to a full-service cemetery with the addition of above-ground entombment facilities at both locations, interment chapel facilities at both locations and double-depth lawn crypts at All Saints Cemetery, and a new section with availability of private mausoleum sites and upright monuments at All Saints Cemetery. On Nov. 2, 2002 Bishop Saltarelli dedicated the third diocesan cemetery, Gate of Heaven, located on Route 26 at Wingate Rd. east of Dagsboro, Delaware. This Cemetery was developed to serve the growing Catholic Population in southern Delaware and the nearby counties in Maryland.

Why do we need Catholic cemeteries?
As Catholics, we believe in life after death and everlasting happiness with God. This belief gives us strength when faced with sorrow, courage in moments of weakness, and hope as we continue our earthly journey of faith. The rite of Christian burial and burial in Catholic Cemeteries are ways Catholics bear witness to the belief that life on earth is preparation for eternal life with God. Ever since early Christians were buried in the catacombs of Rome, Catholic Cemeteries have held an important place in religious traditions and practice. They provide a sacred resting place for those who believe in the Good News of the Gospel. During times of mourning, Catholics gather strength and comfort from the Catholic community and its traditional prayers and liturgies. Surrounded by family and friends, and the familiar symbols of faith, many find consolation and courage, knowing their loved one is at peace awaiting Resurrection. And, when our temporal world requires refuge, our Catholic Cemeteries offer solace...religious sanctuaries in an increasingly secular world. Here in private meditation or public liturgy, Catholics share their unique bond of faith with those who came before and those who follow- a bond which remains unbroken and unconquered by time or death.


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