Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in the Great State of Ohio

Dedicated to cemetery preservation in the great state of Ohio

"A cemetery may be considered as abandoned when all or practically all of the bodies have been Removed therefrom and no bodies have been buried therein for a great many years, and the cemetery has been so long neglected as entirely to lose its identity as such, and is no longer known, recognized and respected by the public as a cemetery. 1953 OAG 2978."

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Cleveland Catholic Cemeteries Association - Learning More about the Arimathea Society and the Callistian Guild

I enjoy reading blogs and websites that focus on the aspect of the need for respect for human dignity in relationship to cemeteries and the sacred gravesites they contain.  

I'm sure you do as well.  
I am featuring here two worthwhile organizations and their work found on the Cleveland Catholic Cemeteries Association website:

Arimathea Society


"In the spirit of St. Joseph, the Arimathea Society of the Cleveland Catholic Cemeteries is dedicated to burying those of need with dignity and respect. The Arimathea Society consists of a number of Catholic High Schools in the Greater Cleveland and Akron areas whose students, practicing one of the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy, dedicate time by serving as pallbearers for the indigent and those of need. Additionally, these students also commemorate and pray for the deceased."

The Callistian Guild 


"The Callistian Guild is an organization dedicated to the fundamental principle that the poorest of God's children are entitled to be buried with dignity. Burial of the poor with proper respect is the foundation upon which the Guild was built, and its members are the bricks and mortar which have held it together over the years. Our predecessors had the strong faith and commitment to create an organization which has truly dedicated itself to providing honor in death, and its current members continue that legacy. The membership of the Guild is made up of groups of individuals and companies affiliated with providing services at the time of death and their participation is critical to the Guild's continued success."

Spotlighting "Respectful Interment Preservations" of Medina, Ohio

From Mr. Jay Russell:

"Looking forward to spring and getting back to field work. In the mean time if you or your organization would like to hear a presentation on cemetery preservation work and see what can be done to preserve a cemetery from beginning to finish, please contact me."
(from Facebook page)

"Respectful Interment Preservations (R.I.P.), a private family owned non-profit business, is dedicated to returning dignity, respect and honor to our cemeteries through reclamation, monument preservation and public education."