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Albany Diocesan Cemeteries

“We are God’s people sharing a responsibility to witness God’s unconditional love and to bring Christ’s healing presence to our world.”  -Diocesan Vision Statement

Albany Diocesan Cemeteries of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany in New York manages 18 Catholic cemeteries in New York’s Capital District, serving Catholics in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Colonie, Niskayuna, Loudonville, Watervliet, Latham, Cohoes, Glenville, Rotterdam, Rensselaer, Glenmont, Bethlehem, and southern Saratoga County.

Cemetery News and Events

2015 Memorial Day Mass

Our Lady of Angels Cemetery to host Diocesan Memorial Day Mass/  Click HERE for our flyer.

Historic St. Agnes Cemetery
Where Time Stands Still

Living and Learning in a Victorian Era Cemetery

Click HERE to download the
Spring / Summer Program for 2015

Christmas Open House &
Designer Wreath Sale to Benefit

St. Francis Xavier
Haitian Orphanage Foundation


The Living Room Art Gallery
At Historic St. Agnes Cemetery,
48 Cemetery Ave., Menands, NY

Click HERE for more information

Call For Fiber Art Entries

illumination, an observable property and effect of light, is the use of light and shadow in art. It is also the artistic decoration of hand-written texts and refers to spiritual matters and wisdom. We are seeking fiber art which considers illumination in any aspect for a juried exhibit at the Living Room Gallery, Historic St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands NY.

Click HERE for more details.

The Friday Paint Club

What is a Paint Club? The club is a group of aspiring artists who wish to hone their painting skills under the guidance of a professional instructor working in a beautiful, peaceful atmosphere.

When does it meet? The Friday Paint Club is a series of meetings. The first series runs on the following dates from 10 AM – noon: July 18th, 25th & August 8th and 15th.

Click HERE for more details.

The Beauty of a June Evening: Plein Air Collage

Capture the beauty of an evening in June with the spontaneity of collage technique. Artist Kathryn Kosto will guide students in selecting and sketching a landscape scene and creating a collage en plein air


Come See the “Tree of Life” Textile Collage Exhibit by Kathryn Kosto in the Living Room Art Gallery May 1st-June 30th 2014.  The Living Room Art Gallery is located at St. Agnes Cemetery, 48 Cemetery Ave, Menands NY.  Contact Kelly Grimaldi at 518-463-0134 with any questions, or click here for more information about Kathryn Kosto and her “Tree of Life” exhibit.

Pastoral Care to the Sick, Elderly and Homebound - Save The Date


Pastoral Care Ministry
Annual Day of Retreat & Spiritual Renewal

Registration Form

Albany Diocesan Cemeteries has begun selling monuments and granite markers in response to direct requests from Catholic families that we serve. For years, our families have been expressing their desire to make complete burial arrangements with their Catholic cemetery.

Albany Diocesan Cemeteries will offer a wide selection of the finest materials available in many pleasing designs or custom crafted to achieve a personal vision. Our staff has received extensive training in memorial design, and has visited production facilities in Cold Spring, MN and Barre, VT.

We will only sell monuments to Catholic families utilizing one of our diocesan cemeteries. Revenue derived from monument sales will help to offset the ever increasing costs of maintaining our cemeteries in a manner befitting their sacred purpose. Our clients are not required to purchase memorials from us and may choose from any of our fine local monument retailers.

Full service monument sales offices are located at St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna, and Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Colonie. We have invited local monument dealers to partner with us for engraving and setting services.

For more information, please call Jeff at St. Agnes Cemetery, 463-0134 ext 111.

Nature in the Abstract Art Painting Contest 2014

All entries must be received by August 15, 2014

Click here for more information.

Click here for the registration form.

Monument Cleaning and Restoration

With spring right around the corner many people are planning their spring cleaning projects around the house. This is also the time to start thinking about sprucing up your family's gravestone. Over the years pollutants and biological growth collect on monuments in our cemeteries obscuring inscriptions and taking away from the beauty of the stone's grain and decorative carvings. Cemetery monuments are an investment meant to last for centuries. To keep them beautiful, we offer professional monument cleaning and minor repair services in-house for all of our cemeteries. Prices are reasonable and only the safest cleaning and repair materials are used. Call our historian and preservation specialist, Kelly Grimaldi at 518-463-0134 to discuss the condition of your family's cemetery monument and see what your options are towards getting a free estimate.


Come see our exciting new art exhibit in the Living Room Art Gallery, located at St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands! Contact Kelly Grimaldi at 518-463-0134 or click here for more information about photographer, Richard L. Endres and his exhibit, “America: Your Backyard.”

Where Time Stands Still

Historic St. Agnes Cemetery
48 Cemetery Ave., Menands NY
introduces a series of art classes, lectures and educational workshops focusing on freedom of imagination, expression and a life well lived.

Click here for more information.

Last Painting Class of the Season

Professional art instructor Noreen Powell offers a lesson in light and color in paint on canvas. No experience necessary.

Click here for more information.


Historic St. Agnes Cemetery
introduces a series of art classes, lectures and educational workshops focusing on freedom of imagination,
expression and a life well lived.
Click HERE for our brochure and more info!


Humor in Hard Times: Coping with Loss through Laughter

The times when it is the most difficult to laugh, is when you need to laugh the most. Once the amazing benefits of therapeutic laughter are revealed, there will be no doubt as to why “laughter is the best medicine.”
Presenter Nancy Weil, a certified Laugh Leader and Grief Management Specialist, is known for her energetic, entertaining, and content-rich programs.
We hope you will join us for this uplifting and humorous evening, in the midst of a serious topic.
Click here for a registration form and more information.

Paint the Winter Blues Away

Artist Noreen Powell will give two hours of professional instruction to guide you in the creation of a beautiful piece of art on canvas!  All materials will be provided.
Click HERE for more info.

Green Burials Reflect A Shift To Care For The
Body And Soul

Read the article HERE from Religion News Service
And HERE from the Washington Post

Download the latest Winter Healing Presence



Cemetery Occupants Sometimes Took Their Stories To The Grave

Kelly Grimaldi, historian for Albany Diocesan Cemeteries, crouches by the "orphans" gravestone in St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands. The three girls whose names are on the stone all died the same day

Click HERE to read the article from teh Daily Gazette

NYSCC Comment on Dept of States Pet Cemetery Proposal

Please Read HERE for more info.

Our Remembrance Garden In The News:

Daily Gazette
Times Union

Autumn Diocesan Gathering – October 26, 2013

The Prophetic Role & Voice of Pastoral Care Ministers

Harley McDevitt & Guests
Director of Pastoral Care, Albany Diocesan Cemeteries

Join a panel of chaplains and pastoral care ministers who will reflect on the cry of pain, the journey of hope and the invaluable resources needed in their daily encounters in this Ministry. This will be an opportunity for reflection and enrichment for your own ministry in pastoral care. Each panelist will share on: the cry/pain that they encounter with those with whom they minister; how they journey in hope of the midst of such pain; and what resources they embrace to support and guide them in their ministry.

Historic St. Agnes Cemetery is offering
a plein air painting class
led by
professional art instructor Noreen Powell
October 14, 2013
1:30—3:30 PM
Click HERE for more information

Workshop: Pastoral Care to the Sick, Elderly and Homebound.

If you are interested in volunteering as a visitor to the sick, elderly and homebound or if you are currently involved in Pastoral Care Ministry as a Coordinator, Parish Visitor, Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist or Faith Community Nurse we invite you to take part in this 6 part workshop.

WHEN: Mondays – October 7, 14, 21, 28, and November 4, 11, 2013 6:30-8:30PM

WHERE: St. Edward the Confessor Church, 569 Clifton Park Center Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065

PRESENTERS: Yervant Kutchukian and Kathleen Rosenbaum (Click here to learn more about the presenters.)

FEE: $40.00 (includes cost of book and all hand-out material)

CONTACT: Harley McDevitt, Pastoral Care Ministry, 641-6823


All Souls Remembrance Program

Do you have the cremated remains of a loved one at home?  Have you given thought to scattering the cremated remains in the ocean or mountains?  Many people simply don’t know what to do after the urn is returned to the family.  As Catholics, we are committed to the reverence of the body and are now offering free placement of the cremated remains at St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands.

Click HERE for more information


Peace, Power & Paint
Learning the art of radical forgiveness through verbal and artistic expression
Historic St. Agnes Cemetery will host a two part workshop:"Peace, Power & Paint" Saturday, September 7th
Click HERE for more information

For Lives Ended Too Soon.
Garden in memory of stillborn and infant deaths to be dedicated on August 15th at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna.
Click HERE to read the Times Union article.
Click HERE to download the Order Form

For more information, please contact:
Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery
2501 Troy Road, Niskayuna NY 12309

The Gideon - Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - Col. George L. Willard Camp #154 - Memorial Day 2013
Download PDF HERE

Free Gravestone Workshops are offered at St. Agnes Cemetery every Wednesday from 10am – 2pm!  Click HERE for more info!

This summer Historic St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands is offering art appreciation tours! Click HERE for more info!


Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery to Join National Memorial Day Salute to Heroes
Thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the Country to Unite for National Program

Niskayuna, N.Y. – As the country begins preparations to celebrate Memorial Day, Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery is planning to join thousands of Catholic cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, "Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes." This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both active military and military veterans who have served our country.

Click HERE for more info.

On December 1, 2012, members of the  125th New York Regimental Association presents Historic St. Agnes Cemetery with $1,000 towards the restoration of Civil War Veterans’ gravesites

Click any image to enlarge. Photos by Roy Stevens. For more information on the Civil War Veterans Memorial Project, please click on the Civil War Project page

Present-day search honors past

Historian scours St. Agnes Cemetery to properly mark graves of veterans Using records and section maps, Grimaldi walks around the cemetery sticking a metal probe in the ground, looking for the soldiers.

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Grave quest unearths story of  'Albany's Little Drummer Boy'

MENANDS — Among the compelling stories unearthed by a historian at St. Agnes Cemetery is that of an extremely young soldier who marched for years in the Civil War as "Albany's Little Drummer Boy."

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Troy Hero Honored With State Historic Plaque

TROY - He gave his own life to save the lives of his soldier-buddies in Vietnam more than 40 years ago, and Thursday, his hometown remembered Peter Guenette's heroics. Peter had been awarded the Medal of Honor many years ago, but veterans in Troy secured him another distinction. Peter Guenette saved the lives of at least three of his fellow soldiers by throwing himself onto a live grenade, and he was barely 20 at the time.

Please visit the WNYT website for more information and video.

Cemetery General Cleanup

General cleanups are conducted in Diocesan Cemeteries twice a year, on or about April 1 and November 1.  All decorations will be removed and discarded at these times.  Please remove any decorations that you wish to save before these dates.

Christmas decorations are removed and discarded beginning January 15, time and weather permitting.

Please call the cemetery office for more information.

2012 Photo Contest Winners Announced!

Adult Category Winners (click to enlarge):

Jeanne Keefe – 1st place
Lana Ortiz – 2nd place
Karen Hummel - 3rd place
Jordan Davenport – Honorable Mention
Jessica Hohenstein – Honorable Mention

Albany Diocesan Cemeteries will entomb cremated remains at no charge in the Crypt of All Souls at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna on November 2 at 2 p.m. To have cremated remains of your loved one entombed during this ceremony please call Most Holy Redeemer at 374-5319 by October 25.  Click HERE for more information.

Heritage Cards from Historic St. Agnes Cemetery

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Albany Cemeteries Canon Law

The Canon law of the Church states that the Catholic cemetery is a sacred place. The Catholic Church provides Catholic cemeteries to carry out the sacred religious functions of burial and to care for the resting places of the faithful departed.


Albany Cemeteries Cemetery Ministry

The burial of the dead has always been recognized by the Church as a religious rite and a corporal work of mercy. Many people are involved in this ministry: priests, deacons, religious, musicians, cemetery staff, funeral directors, funeral home staff, and parish members who assist the family, lead bereavement support groups, and support the faithful in praying for the dead.

The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned and burying the dead. (Catechism of the Catholic Church #2447)


albany cemeteries Order of Christian Funerals

The Church through its funeral rites commends the dead to God’s merciful love and pleads for the forgiveness of their sins. At the funeral rites, especially at the celebration of the Eucharistic sacrifice (funeral mass) the Christian community affirms and expresses the union of the Church on the earth with the Church in heaven in the one great communion of saints. Though separated from the living, the dead are still at one with the community of believers on earth and benefit from their prayers and intercession. At the rite of final commendation and farewell, the community acknowledges the reality of separation and commends the deceased to God. (OFC, #6)

“I am the Resurrection and the life, whoever believes in Me will have eternal life."
(John 11:24)


albany cemeteries Funeral Rites

There are three principle ritual moments in the Catholic funeral rites: “Vigil and Related Rites and Prayers”, “Funeral Liturgy”, and “Rite of Committal.”

“Vigil and Related Rites and Prayers” includes rites that may be celebrated between the time of death and the funeral liturgy. The Vigil for the Deceased is usually celebrated during the wake at the funeral home or church. The Order of Christian Funerals also includes rites for occasions of prayer with the family: “Prayers after Death”, “Gathering in the Presence of the Body”, and “Transfer of the Body to the Church or to the Place of Committal.” (OCF, #45)

The Funeral Liturgy is usually a Funeral Mass, but may be celebrated as “Funeral Liturgy outside of Mass.”

There are two forms of the rite of committal: “Rite of Committal” and “Rite of Committal with Final Commendation”. The former is used at the cemetery; the latter is used when the final commendation does not take place during the funeral liturgy or when no funeral liturgy precedes the committal.

(OCF #47)


albany cemeteries Traditional Burial and Entombment

Historic and full service catholic cemeteries offer single graves, family lots, community mausoleum crypts, private or family mausoleum plots, and lawn crypts. Community mausoleums offer crypt spaces to many unrelated families. Portions of some mausoleums are enclosed, creating a chapel. Garden mausoleums take advantage of the outdoors in landscaped, scenic settings. Mausoleums are located in St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, St. Mary’s Cemetery, St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery, and Sts. Cyril and Method Cemetery.


rcda cemeteries Cremation

Cremation has become part of contemporary Catholic practice and is used in about 20% of all funerals. Although cremation is permitted, Catholic teaching continues to stress the preference for burial or entombment of the body of the deceased, done in imitation of the burial of Jesus.

Catholic teaching insists that cremated remains must be given the same respect as the body, including the manner in which they are carried and the attention given to their appropriate transport and placement.

The cremated remains of a body are to be buried or entombed, preferably in a Catholic cemetery…

(Catholic Teaching on Cremation, Questions and Answers from the Bishops of New York State, 2002)

Albany Diocesan Cemeteries offer grave space for cremated remains in urn gardens, and niches in columbaria. A columbarium may be a free standing garden feature or in a community mausoleum. The columbarium in The American Saints Mausoleum in St. Agnes Cemetery has lighted glass front niches to display cremation urns.


albany mausoleums Private Mausoleums

The growth of community mausoleums has led to increased interest in all forms of above ground interment including private family mausoleums. Private family mausoleums are no longer reserved only for wealthy families. Families choose private mausoleum entombment for a variety of personal reasons. For some people, it's a statement of their personality. Others want exclusive, highly personalized memorialization -- and they feel that private mausoleum entombment is the highest form of memorialization.

There are many styles of private mausoleums. Some are simple sarcophagus; others have interior vestibules with bronze doors and stained glass windows. If your family is considering this option, the place to begin is at the cemetery. You will want a fitting setting for your mausoleum. Private estate mausoleums from Rock of Ages are available through the cemetery office.


albany cemeteries Headstones

Every person buried in a Catholic cemetery is entitled to memorialization. By its very nature, a Catholic cemetery abounds in memorials. The two most common types of gravesite memorials are upright monuments and lawn-level markers. Upright monuments, often called headstones, usually consist of two pieces of granite. The top part, called the die, contains the design, names and dates. The die rests on the base, which supports and protects the die. Lawn-level markers are constructed from either granite or bronze. Markers are installed flush with the surface of the ground and used to mark individual graves.

Likewise, there are two types of cemetery sections. A monument section allows one monument per lot, usually two or more spaces. The monument size is dependant on the size of the lot. A shrine section has a large statue or feature that acts as the monument for the entire section, with lawn-level markers memorializing individual graves.

Many cemeteries have both types of sections. Some cemeteries, called memorial parks, allow only lawn-level markers. It is important to ascertain in advance that the type of memorial you want is permitted on the lot you purchase.

Memorialization has great significance for survivors of the deceased. Bronze memorials from Matthews International may be purchased from the cemetery office at St. Agnes or Most Holy Redeemer for installation in Albany Diocesan Cemeteries. Diocesan Cemetery staff is trained and experienced to help your family select and design a distinctive memorial for your loved one.



Veterans buried in a Catholic cemetery are entitled to an American flag to drape the casket or accompany the urn, a government headstone or maker as allowed by the rules of the cemetery, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, all at no cost to the family. Some veterans may also be eligible for burial and funeral expense allowance and a plot interment allowance. More information about VA benefits is available at


rcda cemeteries Anatomical Gifts

St. Agnes Cemetery donates grave space and interment services for Catholics who have donated their bodies to science for the Anatomical Gift Program at the Albany Medical College. When studies by medical students are completed, the body is cremated and placed in an urn.

St. Agnes cemetery conducts an annual memorial service for those who will be buried at St. Agnes. Medical students as well as families of the donors attend this poignant service. After the liturgy, each urn is buried in an individual grave. The grave has enough space to permit the burial of a second urn, of a spouse or close relative. The grave may be marked with a bronze memorial and flower vase. Memorials by Matthews International may be purchased at the cemetery.


albany cemeteries Non-Catholic Family Members

Albany Diocesan Cemeteries are operated for the religious and charitable purposes of the Catholic Church through the burial and memorialization of the faithful departed. The Catholic cemetery is a sacred place, a visible sign of our belief in the resurrection, which demonstrates the unity of the living and the dead. Non-Catholics are welcome to share final resting-places with their families, with a minister of their faith officiating at their services. Non-Catholics thus welcomed for burial with their families are allowed appropriate symbols of their faith on their memorial.


albany cemeteries Pre-Arrangement

Planning for one's own death is not a sign of hopelessness, but an expression of trust and acceptance of our Lord. Pre-arrangement is an act of love, because it frees your family from the burdens that they may otherwise face at the time of your death.

Funeral planning should involve the Parish, the Catholic Cemetery, and a funeral home. Pre-Need planning enables families to discuss cemetery, funeral, and memorialization options in an atmosphere free from the anguish and grief that accompanies a death.


albany cemeteries Grief and Bereavement

Grieving is a natural response to the death of a loved one. People experience anticipatory grief during a prolonged illness. Shock grief comes at the time of death and lingering grief during times of bereavement. The Church extends the healing ministry of Christ through parish grief ministry or bereavement support groups.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4)


albany cemeteries Cemeteries in New York

According to the Division of Cemeteries, there are approximately 6000 cemeteries in New York State. Most non-sectarian cemeteries are operated under the Not-for-Profit Corporations Law and regulated by the State Cemetery Board and the Department of State’s Division of Cemeteries. Lot owners in these cemeteries are corporation members, who elect a board of directors at an annual meeting. The directors in turn appoint the officers to run the corporation on a daily basis.

Catholic cemeteries, and the cemeteries of other faiths, are regulated by the Religious Corporations Law. In addition to the provisions of the Religious Corporations Law, Catholic cemeteries operate under general diocesan guidelines.


Albany Catholic Cemeteries

The mission of Albany Diocesan Cemeteries to help Catholics accept death in the context of their faith. Albany Diocesan Cemeteries is a member of the New York State Association of Cemeteries, the Catholic Cemetery Conference, and the National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved.


Albany Catholic Cemeteries
Richard N. Touchette

Rick Touchette, The Cemetery Guy, is Director of Cemeteries for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. A certified Catholic Cemetery Executive with over 25 years experience in Catholic Cemetery ministry, Touchette is the Past President of the New York State Association of Cemeteries and also served on the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Cemetery Conference.



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Albany Diocesan Cemeteries
48 Cemetery Ave., Menands, NY 12204
Phone: 518-432-4953
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