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News and Events

Congratulations John Foster

Following a recruitment campaign, Bishop Crosby announced that, effective April 2, 2014, Mr. John Foster has been appointed Director of Catholic Cemeteries for the Diocese of Hamilton, a position he has held on an interim basis since January 1st of this year. John has been a member of The Catholic Cemeteries' team since 1989, and his long experience as Manager of Family Services will put him in good stead for his new position. We offer congratulations and best wishes as he starts his new position.

Word on Fire on FaithFM

The Catholic Cemeteries is proud to announce its sponsorship of Fr. Robert Barron's Word on Fire broadcasts on Kitchener's FaithFM 94.3, Thursday evenings at 8:30 pm. The broadcast can also be streamed live at

Each program presents compelling Catholic preaching that is an instrument of outreach, evangelization and conversion. Touching upon art, architecture, poetry, philosophy, theology and the lives of the saints, Fr. Barron boldly proclaims Jesus Christ in outstanding sermons based on each Sunday's upcoming gospel.

The Holy Rosary on CKWR

The Catholic Cemeteries is proud to announce its sponsorship of The Holy Rosary broadcasts on Waterloo's CKWR 98.5 FM, Sunday mornings at 9:00 am. Listen live at

Winter Wreath Reminder

Families are reminded that winter wreaths should be removed from graves by April 1st to facilitate the Spring cemetery clean-up. Wreaths and other winter decorations left on graves after this time will be removed and discarded.

Congratulations John O'Brien and John Foster

Following a year-long organizational review of The Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Hamilton, Bishop Crosby has announced the following personnel changes.

Mr. John O'Brien has accepted the position of Episcopal Delegate for Cemeteries and Insurance. In this position, John will provide oversight and counsel regarding strategic planning for The Catholic Cemeteries, and represent the Diocese of Hamilton at meetings with government and industry officials at the Provincial and Civic levels.

Mr. John Foster has accepted the position of Interim Director of Cemeteries until a permanent Director is appointed. John's long experience with The Catholic Cemeteries and role as Manager of Family Services will ensure a smooth transition.

A recruitment campaign is underway to fill the role of Director of Cemeteries. Reporting to the Bishop, this person will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of The Catholic Cemeteries. For further information, please click here.

The Priests in Concert

The Catholic Cemeteries' presentation of The Priests in Concert at Hamilton Place on November 13th was a great success. The concert was a celebration of The Year of Faith, which concludes on November 24th.

From left: Bishop Daniel Miehm, John O'Brien, Dwayne Cahill, Fr. Eugene O'Hagan, Fr. Martin O'Hagan, Bishop Doug Crosby

The Catholic Cemeteries release new videos – July 10, 2013

The Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Hamilton is pleased to introduce four new videos, produced to provide information about some of our properties’ burial options and services.

The two-minute videos feature Our Lady of Hope Mausoleum at Resurrection Cemetery in Ancaster;Our Lady of the Angels Mausoleum at Our Lady of the Angels Cemetery in upper Stoney Creek Our Lady of Peace Mausoleum at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Burlington; and Holy Cross Catholic Cremation Centre located at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brantford. The mausoleum videos are available both in English and Italian.

The videos are intended to help educate viewers about what we offer, provide answers to frequently asked questions and showcase the dignified and beautiful resting places we offer Catholics and their families in the communities we serve.

We invite you to view the videos and we welcome your feedback.

Announcement: Welcome Delma and Nicolaas

The Catholic Cemeteries is pleased to welcome two new staff members to the family counselling team.

Delma Longboat is a Business graduate from Mohawk College who is transferring her skills from a retail environment to working with families at Our Lady of Victory Mausoleum and Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery.

Nicolaas Van Gemert, who has been part of the grounds crew for several years, is also working with families at the main office, including Our Lady of Victory Mausoleum and Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery. Nicolaas is also a Business graduate from Mohawk College.

The Catholic Cemeteries owns and operates 16 cemeteries and seven mausolea, located in the greater Hamilton/Burlington area, in Halton, Brant County and Guelph.

Mausoleum at Resurrection Cemetery Now Open

A special Mass of Blessing and Dedication was celebrated July 17, 2012, for Our Lady of Hope Mausoleum, located within Resurrection Cemetery in Ancaster. In addition to full ground burial, cremation burial and outdoor cremation niches available at the cemetery, families now have the option of indoor crypts or cremation niches in the mausoleum. The first phase of Our Lady of Hope consists of 1,409 crypts and more than 750 niches. To make pre-need arrangements, please contact Alice Puma, at 905-304-9138.

Ongoing Events

Memorial Masses

These Masses are held the second Tuesday of every month at 4:30 pm at Our Lady of Victory Mausoleum on Plains Road. The names of all those interred at one of the Hamilton/Burlington Catholic Cemeteries within the previous month are available to be read in the Book of Life, and will be read aloud. The next-of-kin receive an invitation in the mail and all family and friends are welcome to attend.

Free Cemetery Tours

The Catholic Cemeteries offers free walking and bus tours of our Catholic cemeteries. Tours of Holy Sepulchre and Gate of Heaven cemeteries in Burlington and our Brantford-area cemeteries are held regularly. Cemetery tours are a fun and informal way to learn about the history of our cemeteries, and how we develop new cemeteries.

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