Catholic Cemeteries to open Divine Mercy Mausoleum

A new mausoleum at Resurrection Cemetery in Affton is being described as a "peaceful garden."

Work on the Divine Mercy Mausoleum started last May, and work is expected to be completed in time for the Christmas season, according to Tom Kuehner, Catholic Cemeteries superintendent and foreman.

Located near the entrance and main office of Resurrection Cemetery, the mausoleum has three sections in a trapezoid configuration. A landscaped concrete plaza in front of the mausoleum features granite benches and planters. A smaller landscaped concrete plaza with granite benches also sits on the north side of the mausoleum.

The centerpiece, noted Kuehner, is a 10-foot by 5-foot-wide glass panel with an etched image of Jesus as the Divine Mercy. The piece, designed and executed by D & J Glass and Sign of Arnold, will be framed in bronze and illuminated from within the frame and set in a granite base. Installation of the Divine Mercy image is expected to take place by the end of November.

Kuehner noted that there has been a growing need for additional mausoleum space at Resurrection. Only a few crypts remain available in the other three existing mausoleums, even after expansion over the years. The new mausoleum will include 288 crypts for casket entombment and 192 niches for inurnment of cremated remains. Kuehner said that many families in the area have expressed interest in purchasing mausoleum space for their deceased loved ones. In addition, he estimated that about 18 percent of all burials today are of cremated remains.

The project originated with Msgr. Dennis Delaney, executive director of the Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese, and the planning process also included Catholic Cemeteries' purchasing agent Trisha Elliott, and associate director Jeanne Besselsen.

"Msgr. Delaney has a special talent for blending a much needed granite structure, with simplicity and elegance," Kuehner said of the mausoleum. "This feature will be a natural place of peace and beauty, where loved ones can pray and reflect."

Kuehner also noted that the cemetery is undergoing a process of replacing the fencing along the perimeter of the grounds with iron fencing, and new trees are in the process of being planted to provide additional quiet and tranquility.

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