In remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, the office of the Catholic Cemeteries of Halifax published, Gone But Not Forgotten: Victims of the Halifax Explosion in Catholic Cemeteries. The book details the stories of Explosion victims buried Holy Cross Cemetery on South Park St. in downtown Halifax and Mount Olivet Cemetery on Mumford Rd. in west end Halifax.
Holy Cross Cemetery 1259 South Park St., Halifax
Holy Cross Cemetery was established in 1843 and is located at the corner of South and South Park Streets and is the burial grounds for many Irish Catholic immigrants. Holy Cross is still a working cemetery with burials taking place every year. Holy Cross Cemetery and Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel – the Church built in a day – in August of 1843 is located is this beautiful pastoral setting. Since opening in 1843 over 25,000 souls have been buried at Holy Cross, many are of Irish descent and others have made significant contributions to life in Halifax as religious leaders, public figures and business men and merchants.
The grave sites of a number of archbishops, and senior clergy are located in “Bishops Row” close to Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel. Archbishop William Walsh, who organized the building of the Chapel, was laid to rest near the Chapel.
Sir John Sparrow David Thompson, who served as the fourth Prime Minister of Canada from 1892 to 1894 is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery. Sir John Thompson was the first Roman Catholic to hold the office of Prime Minister, he was a founder of Dalhousie Law School and was the federal minister who introduced Canada’s Criminal Code.
Holy Cross is also the final resting place for many decorated Halifax war heroes who have fought bravely in military campaigns and world wars since the 1850’s.
Holy Cross provides a cremation garden for cremation burial.
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Cemetery Mass: Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
The faithful are invited to gather for the annual Holy Cross Cemetery Mass on Friday, September 15 at 5:15pm on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Archbishop Anthony Mancini will celebrate this Mass in the Our Lady of Sorrows chapel, also known as the chapel built in a day. Access to this cemetery is through the main entrance on South Park St.
Please note: this mass will replace the 5:15pm mass at the Cathedral that day.
All are welcome!
This year Halifax will recall a major event in its history as many people, organizations, and the city herself, commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. This tragic event changed the young city of Halifax and took the lives of hundreds of people. Many of the victims were buried in local Catholic cemeteries which still exist today: Mount Olivet on Mumford Rd. and Holy Cross on South Park St.
Starting June 19 visitors and locals alike will have the opportunity to learn about the rich history contained within two our cemeteries through guided tours. Below are the details: