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Construction of funeral home at Fort Wayne's Catholic Cemetery ready to begin

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, left, of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend sprinkles ground with holy water to bless it Tuesday before it becomes the site of the new Divine Mercy Funeral Home at Catholic Cemetery. Walking with him is Casey Miller, Catholic Cemetery superintendent. Construction is scheduled to begin Wednesday and be completed by Oct. 1. (By Kevin Kilbane of The News-Sentinel)
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, left, of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend sprinkles ground with holy water to bless it Tuesday before it becomes the site of the new Divine Mercy Funeral Home at Catholic Cemetery. Walking with him is Casey Miller, Catholic Cemetery superintendent. Construction is scheduled to begin Wednesday and be completed by Oct. 1. (By Kevin Kilbane of The News-Sentinel)
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A blessing of the ground and ceremonial groundbreaking took place Tuesday.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 02:11 pm
The new Divine Mercy Funeral Home at Catholic Cemetery will be a place of both prayer and hope, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend said Tuesday during a site blessing and groundbreaking ceremony at the cemetery, 3500 Lake Ave. Three important works of mercy will be key focuses for the funeral home and cemetery, Rhoades said during the ceremony. Along with burying the dead, funeral home and cemetery staff will give comfort to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one and provide a place for prayer.

In addition to blessing the construction area, Rhoades also sprinkled holy water on the actual section of land where the funeral home will be built. It will stand on what is now 7 acres of grass and trees in the northwest corner of the cemetery, along Lake Avenue between White Oak Drive and the west entrance to the cemetery.

Rhoades, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, Catholic Cemetery Superintendent Casey Miller and other dignitaries also grabbed shiny silver shovels to scoop up and toss dirt in a ceremonial groundbreaking. Actual construction is scheduled to start Wednesday and be completed by Oct. 1.

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend will own and pay for construction of the funeral home, Miller said previously. The funeral home will serve people of any faith and also will serve families whose loved one will be buried in a cemetery other than Catholic Cemetery.

The 14,000-square-foot funeral home will contain two visitation rooms, each of which will have a personal family room; a crematorium; embalming facility; offices of Catholic Cemetery; and parking for 220 vehicles.

Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers, which operates 16 funeral homes in Indianapolis, will serve as the consultant on planning, building and operating Divine Mercy Funeral Home, Miller said previously. The family-owned Flanner and Buchanan has a strong relationship with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and manages all of the archdiocese's cemeteries.



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