Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Saturday, April 21, 2018

mausoleum_4599Henry J. Mansell, assisted by his secretary and assistant chancellor Father Jeffrey V. Romans, walks through and blesses the new mausoleum at Watertown’s Mount Olivet Cemetery Nov. 3.

WATERTOWN – Archbishop Henry J. Mansell told about 50 invited guests at the new $5 million mausoleum at Mount Olivet Cemetery that the granite, marble and glass building is "a reverent place, a place blessed by God."

The Archbishop was on hand Nov. 3 to officially bless and dedicate the new facility, one of 18 mausoleums in the 30 cemeteries served by the Catholic Cemeteries Association of the Archdiocese of Hartford.

Remarking on the unique architecture and the picturesque vistas from the mausoleum, Archbishop Mansell said that, like the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem where Jesus prayed the night before he died, Mount Olivet Cemetery is an appropriate place to pray "with respect and admiration for the people who have gone before us."

He noticed marble statues of the Blessed Mother and the Sacred Heart of Jesus and a bronze replica of Michelango’s Pieta that grace the building. "These are signs of sorrow, but also signs of a larger life," he said.

The Archbishop thanked the many cemetery workers from around the Archdiocese who were present, and he thanked the cemetery association’s director, Msgr. David M. Walker, and executive director, Craig S. Neal.

Eugene F. Kinnel, sales representative of McCleskey Construction Co., said the company used granite and marble from Italy inside and out, along with reinforced concrete. The Pieta was cast by Matthews International of Pittsburgh, Pa., he said.

"Granite doesn’t deteriorate," he said. "The marble on the inside will stay just like this."

He said there are 812 cremation niches, each with glass windows so the urns are always visible. There are 2,426 casket crypts, four high on the lower level and six high on the upper level, he said.

The slate roof and the sidewalks are heated to melt ice and snow, he said.

Mr. Neal said that the mausoleum is ready for immediate use by the Catholic communities of Watertown and Waterbury. Sales of crypts and niches could recoup much of the capital spent on the project within the next five or 10 years, he said.

Information about Mount Olivet Cemetery or about mausoleum space availability may be obtained by contacting the Catholic Cemeteries Association at (203) 239-2557 or calling (860) 274