|611 Diamond Bar Rd|
San Diego County
Postal Code: 92004
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
The Cemetery located behind St. Richard's Catholic Church near the ramada, is the result of a dream that Josefina Murillo had about Our Lady of Guadalupe. Josefina's son Francisco relates that in the dream, Our Lady asked his mother to build a shrine in her honor in Mexico. Francisco carried the memory of his mother's dream with him for many years, and in 1991, he asked Father Robert Callahan, St. Richard's pastor at the time, if he could build a shrine on the grounds of the church. Father Callahan agreed, and with assistance from Jesus Cortez, Juan Esparza and Eleazar Madrid, Francisco constructed the memorial, based on his own design. After its completion, he surrounded it with a low fence and planted a rose garden. On May 31, 1991, the parish celebrated its official dedication, twenty-two years after his mother told Francisco of her dream. A plaque at the foot of the shrine reads "In Memory of Josefina Murillo E."
The cemetery was created around the shrine during Father Simon Lefebvre's pastorate. Thomas McGuire, a long-time parishioner, once told Father Lefebvre that upon his death, he wanted to be buried on the grounds of St. Richard's. When Thomas passed away in 1995, Father Lefebvre honored his wish. His body was cremated and his remains were buried near the shrine. Over the years, the cremains of many other parishioners have been placed there, as well.