Calvary Cemetery
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Calvary Cemetery

Louisville, Jefferson County , Kentucky, USA


Mailing address: P.O. Box 4096, Louisville, Ky. 40204. Calvary Cemetery is home to the Catholic Cemeteries Office for the Archdiocese of Louisville (E-mail: [email protected]). It was establised in 1921 and sits on 200 acres. Over 58,000 souls have been laid to rest at Calvary.

There is one central office for the four major Catholic Cemeteries in Jefferson County (Saint John, Sant Louis, Saint Michael, and Calvary). The central office is located onsite at Calvary. To access burial locations for someone buried in these cemeteries, visit the website linked above which allows you to search for names of deceased, burial locations, and in some instances birth, death, and burial dates. If the person you are looking for cannot be found on the website, you can call the office at (502) 451-7710.

Archbishops Kelly, McDonough, Floersh, and Bishop Maloney are buried at Calvary Cemetery in the section for diocesan priests. The Sisters of Mercy, Resurrectionist Priests, Order of Carmelite Friars, Carmelite Sisters, and Xavarian Brothers also have grave sections here. Various graves, lots, community mausoleums and columbariums, family mausoleums, and a special section for infant and stillborn burials can be found in the cemetery.

Calvary Cemetery, at 1600 Newburg Road, is operated by the Archdiocese of Louisville. It is obviously well-run. The hours are posted on the gate, and there are signs spelling out the rules of visiting and what kinds of flowers may be placed on the graves. Paved roads lead from the gate to the office and throughout the cemetery. The views and landscape are breathtaking. This is a beautiful cemetery, more park than graveyard. Many cemeteries have trees, but Calvary has color: red maple trees, magnolia trees, purple irises, and yellow wildflowers. The sound of birds chirping and church bells ringing only added to the sense of harmony. There have been visitors every time I have been there. It is more akin to being in Cherokee Park than in a cemetery, and it was meant to be, based on the design concept of the “rural” cemetery. Popular from about 1830 to 1930, the rural cemetery featured landscaped grounds where people were encouraged to commune with nature and explore their spirituality. The gravestones at Calvary are not just carved with religious iconography, they are actually in the shape of crosses and religious figures; some gravestones have stained glass panels. All of the gravestones are intact and upright. Many graves have not just flowers, but mementos and religious statues placed upon them. There is a feeling of equality and middle class values at Calvary (Ellen White; May 2014).



  • Added: 1 Jan 2000
  • Find a Grave Cemetery ID: 73275