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Msgr. Patrick Pollard

About the Blogger

Msgr. Patrick Pollard is the Director of Catholic Cemeteries for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Blog posts by Msgr. Patrick Pollard

  • Monday, April 18, 2016

    A Journey to All Saints

    It was on Memorial Day in 2012, that I raised the question of the Cardinal’s final resting place to him. Cardinal George was well aware of the beautiful and historic Bishop’s mausoleum located in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, but as was his custom, he also wanted to be respectful of his family and of a desire to be near them in death.  It was clear that this was an important decision to him and that was reflected in an article that he wrote for the Catholic New World a few weeks later.  Cardinal George was extremely proud of our Archdiocesan cemetery system and was eternally grateful for the way his grandparents were being cared for in Calvary Cemetery in Evanston and of his parents at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines.


  • Monday, November 01, 2010

    God’s Gift of Remembrance

    One of the greatest gifts that God has given to all of humankind is “the gift of memory”. In the sacred words of Eucharistic Consecration we hear the words of Jesus say to us, “do this in memory of me”. To remember someone is both a blessed and cherished moment.