On behalf of our staff, I would like to acknowledge Katherine Atkinson for her devotion to the Cemetery Department for over 25 years. We wish her the blessings of a happy and healthy retirement!
It is a great privilege for me to be the new Director of Cemeteries for the Archdiocese of San Francisco! In 1989, I began my career in funeral service as a summer employee atHolyCrossCatholicCemeteryin Colma, where five generations of my family are buried. I have a very special connection to this sacred place! Over the past 22 years, I have had the opportunity to work in various aspects of funeral service, as a funeral director, sales consultant, funeral home manager and cemetery manager. Serving families at a difficult time is a tremendously rewarding ministry.
The staff of the Cemetery Department is made up of talented and compassionate individuals who care deeply about the work we do and the families we serve. I am looking forward to working with them and implementing some of their creative ideas to improve our cemeteries.
What can you expect from the future of your Catholic Cemeteries? We are obviously working towards an increased and active presence in the social media. We will be “going green”: exploring both “natural burial” options as well as working harder to conserve our natural resources through increased recycling and energy efficiency programs and planning for landscape and maintenance that allows us to provide a well-kept and serene setting for visitors. We will be strengthening our partnership with your local parishes to ensure that families’ experience in planning funeral and memorial services is meaningful and supportive. We will be heralding our story and looking forward to sharing it with you as we celebrate 125 years of service in 2012. In summary, you can expect us to be compassionate service providers and good stewards. I hope you will be a part of our future, of our story.