Mt. Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum
Cheryl Harris on behalf of the Bernalillo County
Cemetery Project members and Volunteers.
Transcriber: C. W. Barnum
Mt. Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum History and Santa Barbara Cemetery
Karen and Jim Twohig
Mt. Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum is located
at 1900 Edith N.E. in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, NM. Phone number
is 505-243-0218. This cemetery is actually two cemeteries.
The original (oldest) section is called Santa Barbara and the newest
part just called Mt. Calvary.
In 1869, the Jesuit Fathers in Albuquerque announced they
would be building a new chapel and new cemetery. The old cemetery
near the San Felipe de Neri Church would no longer hold burials. Father
Donato Gasparri found a better site three miles from the Old Town site.
The greater number of the bodies from the old grounds were carefully
moved in 1869.
The first recorded interment was August 1870. The earliest existing
monuments are those of Vicente Otero (1877), Jesusita Baca de Romero
(1877) and Diego Armijo (1878). In 1936, the Reverend Libertini
chaired a committee to modernize and beautify the cemetery. In 1938,
a solemn high mass dedicated the new chapel and cemetery. The parishes
of San Felipe and Immaculate Conception used Santa Barbara Cemetery
which later became a part of the newer larger Mount Calvary Cemetery.
The new cemetery consisted of an additional eighteen acres of land north
of the older Santa Barbara portion. I new chapel was built in 1992 as
well as a mausoleum. The original business office is now a columbarium
for cremated remains.
Mount Calvary is a non-sectarian perpetual care cemetery. A monthly
mass is celebrated on the first Saturday of each month by various priests
in the city. The cemetery is dedicated to fostering a spirit of peace,
joy, love, unity, communication, cooperation and service as well as
being responsive to the ever-changing needs of the people it serves.
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