When you stop to think about it, a lot of life is planning. You plan what you will wear each day, what foods you might eat, places you may go, events you may partake in. Some plans are short term and some are long range. But one plan that we often put off thinking about is our place of burial. It’s simply not something that one considers or worries about, especially when they are young.
After attending the funeral of the mother of my dearest friend recently, I was struck by all the planning and preparation that goes into a funeral service. The family is always concerned that they are following the wishes of the deceased for their final send off from this earthly life. Did the proper songs get sung at the service, were the flowers the right color, or were the readings at the funeral Mass the ones the deceased would have chosen if they could have? As I thought about all this, I was drawn to think more about the final resting place than the final service. Many people make the choice of where to be laid based on the fact that other family members are already in that place. Some without families just want to be placed close to home. But in all this planning, what we are really looking for is a place of peace; a place where we found comfort in our earthly lives.
Subiaco Abbey is offering such a place through the ministry of prayer and hospitality. The Subiaco Abbey Columbarium is a repository for the ashes of people who have been cremated. The columbarium is situated adjacent to the Abbey cemetery where the monks are buried. It is not for the monks themselves, but is being made available to anyone having a desire to be in a holy place where prayers are offered for the departed. The chapel itself is dedicated to the monastery’s patron saint, Our Lady of Einsiedeln, as is evident in the photo below of the stained glass windows which are part of the structure. The columbarium will house 240 niches which can hold up to two urns in each niche. Cost of a niche is $5,000 for a single inurnment or $7,000 for two inurnments of family members or spouses in the same niche. Anyone interested in learning more about this offering of a peaceful and spiritual resting place should contact our Procurator, Glenn Constantino, at the information provided on this page.
--by Linda Freeman, Development Department Supervisor