Denver, Colo., Nov 1, 2022 / 15:10 pm
The remains of over 200 people were blessed and laid to rest in a Catholic cemetery in Chicago last week, continuing a tradition that brings together clergy, civic leaders, funeral directors, and cemetery workers to provide a Christian burial for unborn babies and indigent or unidentified adults.
“We come here to mourn the loss of 202 souls, 202 people, God’s children, who were in need of a sense of compassion in the world,” Father Lawrence Sullivan, director of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Chicago, said at the Oct. 26 service at Mount Olivet Cemetery on Chicago’s south side.
“It is all our responsibility to take notice of when there is suffering, to take notice of when there is need, of when we can use the gifts given to us by God in service of one another,” Sullivan said.
“We do so in the firm belief that these 202 souls have now been returned to the presence of God, where they will know the fullness of God’s peace, the fullness of God’s love.”