Ground was broken in May for two new mausolea at Cedar Grove Cemetery, bringing the number of above-ground burial sites to four—all named from the Litany of Mary. The two newest, Mary, Holy Mother of God and Mary, Holy Mother of the Church, are expected to be completed by early December.
All four buildings were designed by Notre Dame’s Thomas Gordon Smith, professor of architecture. The new mausolea will offer 288 companion niches (burial spaces for cremated remains) per building as well as four types of crypts.
Although Notre Dame faculty, staff and retirees as well as members of Sacred Heart Parish are eligible for burial in the mausolea, the majority of the requests for above-ground burial come from Notre Dame alumni.
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