The ancient ministry of the Catholic cemetery reflects the Christian recognition of the sacredness of the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit on Earth. This ministry, as with all ministry, seeks the same objectives, regardless of external influences. That is, to serve the people whom God has entrusted to our care.

Without question, the last two years have presented extraordinary challenges. 2022 will continue this pattern. Our society is now facing historically high inflation rates, among these other challenges. As important as it is for families to pre-plan their cemetery arrangements, we at Gate of Heaven Cemetery recognize that this expense is often not a top priority, in the face of tightening budgets and increased household expenses.

In keeping with our ministerial objectives, Gate of Heaven Cemetery has resolved to freeze our prices for the near future, even as we are experiencing significant supplier rate increases and other inflated costs. As many of you are now doing, we too are tightening our belts amidst these economic trials with renewed determination to persevere in our mission.

In seeking to serve the faithful of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, we remain committed to providing the peace of mind that comes with preplanning cemetery arrangements at the best value, which is the promise of our ministry, while meeting the many challenges common to us all.

May the peace of Christ be with you,
Thomas Jordan, CCCE
Director of Gate of Heaven and Calvary Cemeteries

A Message from our Archbishop

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