NEWARK, N.J., September 11, 2014 – The Archdiocese of Newark’s Catholic Cemeteries is pleased to announce it will be hosting an official dedication of the newly completed Genesis Mausoleum located at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington, NJ. The Archdiocese cordially invites all families and friends to join for the celebration, which will be conducted by the Most Reverend Archbishop John J. Myers on Saturday, September 13th at 3:00pm.
The four year, multi-million dollar renovation and expansion of Holy Cross Genesis Mausoleum now provides new and existing visitors with a welcoming environment for families. More than just a cemetery, Holy Cross Genesis Mausoleum allows visitors to remember, to heal and to enjoy the beautiful serenity of their surroundings.
The mausoleum combines ancient scriptures and contemporary art in an effort to transform the reputation of mausoleums into a family-friendly art venue. From the 15 foot marble Pieta Rondandini statue to lindenwood sculptures and 100-year-old stained-glass to bronzed statues and six mosaic murals depicting the Book of Genesis, Holy Cross Genesis Mausoleum signifies the evolution of a mausoleum to a museum, allowing visitors the opportunity to pay respect to loved ones while experiencing the sheer beauty of their surroundings.
The 250,000 square feet of Holy Cross Genesis Mausoleum contains a total of 35,747 burial spaces and 90 major works of art, valued at over 5 million dollars – making it the largest Catholic Mausoleum in America.
"The Archdiocese of Newark is very pleased to welcome everyone to the official blessing and dedication of this newly constructed Holy Cross Genesis Mausoleum,” said Andrew Schafer, Executive Director of Catholic Cemeteries – Archdiocese of Newark. “We give thanks to the many collaborators who worked hard to design, build and shape this mausoleum.”
In addition to the dedication of the mausoleum, Archbishop Myers will bless the Chapel Altar. One of the most notable additions to Holy Cross, the story of Adam and Eve, is carved along the base of this Bottacino marble altar, which was commissioned from a sculptor in Italy and stands in the center of the Chapel.
For those interested in joining the Archdiocese for the celebration and dedication of the Holy Cross Genesis Mausoleum, Holy Cross Cemetery is located at 340 Ridge Road in North Arlington, New Jersey. For more information please visit, www.rcancem.org or call Holy Cross Cemetery at (201) 997-1900.
Holy Cross Cemetery was established in 1915 to meet the needs of Catholic families. By its name, the Catholic church recognizes the universal symbol for Christianity, the sign of Redemption, the Holy Cross. Rather than being the sign of suffering and death, the Holy Cross now assures that death has been replaced with life, eternal life. The Cross also bears witness to love, and through the Cross we understand that love is not easy, it has both joy and sorrow.
The Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark exist to meet the needs of individuals and families before, at the time of death and burial, and throughout bereavement.