Cedar Grove Cemetery expanded its bereavement ministry to include Notre Dame alumni, parishioners of Sacred Heart Parish, and their family members with the dedication of the Our Lady of Sorrows at Cedar Grove Cemetery mausoleum complex in July, 2007. At this time, more than 60% of the original mausolea interment space has been purchased, either at the time of need or in anticipation of future need.  To accommodate the projected rate of purchase, Cedar Grove has completed construction of two new mausolea directly west of the existing mausolea.

The new mausolea, named Mary, Holy Mother of the Church, and Mary, Holy Mother of God from the Litany of Mary, will continue to afford crypts for the interment of the full body and niches for the inurnment of cremated remains. Likewise, the cost of each interment space will continue to include all standard cemetery fees, alleviating your loved ones from this burden at your time of need. Finally, a deposit of as little as 10%, with interest-free payments spread over as many as sixty months, will continute secure a space in the new mausolea when selected prior to June 30, 2013.

We are grateful to the Notre Dame family for their support of this ministry. We understand how difficult it is to think about our own passing, but the healing benefits pre-planning affords those we leave behind is immeasurable. Regardless of where you choose to be buried, we invite you to call us with questions. We are here to serve all alumni and parishioners.


Our Lady of Sorrows at Cedar Grove Cemetery

To broaden its reach to the Notre Dame community, Cedar Grove Cemetery introduced new alternatives for Christian burial in July 2007.  Above-ground crypts and niches were made available in a mausoleum complex named Our Lady of Sorrows at Cedar Grove Cemetery. Known as "Coming Home," the initiative to offer above-ground burial responded to the high level of desire on the part of Notre Dame alumni and members of Sacred Heart Parish to make Cedar Grove Cemetery at Notre Dame their final resting place. Alumni and members of Sacred Heart Parish are eligible to select above-ground burial while faculty and staff continue to have exclusive rights to in-ground burial as well as access to the new above-ground options.

To obtain an information packet fully explaining the options available, please submit an Information Request Form. Upon receipt of your request, an information packet will be mailed to you within two (2) business days. To view the information packet now, click on the link in the right hand column of this page.

Purchases of above-ground burial space may be made in person or by telephone. Please call Leon Glon, Cemetery Manager, at 574.631.7646 to learn more.

A New Tradition

The Our Lady of Sorrows at Cedar Grove Cemetery mausoleum complex is the result of a several years' study to extend the longevity of the Cemetery and expand the Cemetery and its ministry to a wider Notre Dame community.

"For those nurtured on its campus and proud of its traditions and spirit, Notre Dame evokes a sense of family. Whatever one's origins or time of matriculation or employment, there is a bond that links the generations and makes them comfortable with the symbols, sites and songs of the place."
—Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., President Emeritus

Since 1843, a year after the University was founded, the Cemetery has been dedicated to practicing the corporal act of mercy of burying the dead, and the spiritual works of mercy of comforting the afflicted and praying for the living and the dead.

In order to ensure the continuation of these ministries, a Master Plan for Cedar Grove Cemetery was developed, guided by the goals of:

  • Serving ministry needs
  • Expanding chapel use
  • Continuing as a ‘good Steward' of University property
  • Broadening cemetery inventory
  • Expanding constituent eligibility to University alumni
  • Weaving "new" cemetery with "old" historic cemetery grounds

These goals are aligned with the University's tenets for campus planning and mirror its Master Plan.