Serving the needs of the faithful in Southwestern Ontario

Welcome Message

Dave Savel

Dave Savel
Episcopal Director of Administrative Services

Our cemeteries are a peaceful and holy place, consecrated as the final resting place of our loved ones. We hope you will take the time to visit our cemeteries and offer prayers, including prayers for those that have gone before us.

Our 116 parishes operate 66 parish cemeteries across southwestern Ontario. Each parish cemetery is the responsibility of the local parish and ultimately the parish pastor. Thankfully, we have experienced and compassionate volunteer cemetery boards at each of our parish cemeteries that work with their local parish and the diocese in carrying out this ministry of the Church.

The Cemetery Board is responsible for the day to day and strategic decisions at the parish cemetery, including meeting with families for sale of graves, arranging digging of the grave, ensuring compliance with the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act (Province of Ontario law), arranging grounds maintenance and making strategic decisions such as, pricing, by-laws and future development.

I’d encourage you to preplan your final arrangements and notify your family members so they’re aware of the details. Speak to your parish priest about the Funeral Mass, including hymns and readings. Put all of this in writing and give copies to your family members.

Many of our cemeteries struggle financially. If you would like to make a donation to assist with the upkeep of a particular cemetery you can do so through the parish responsible for that cemetery. The parish will issue you an income tax receipt.

If you have any questions, please contact your local parish. They can connect you with the cemetery board.