ARCHDIOCESE PLANS BLESSING CEREMONY FOR FIRST NEW CEMETERY IN 45 YEARS
CHICAGO (April 14, 2005) The Most Rev. John Gorman, retired Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will officially bless the new Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery during ceremonies that begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, at the cemetery, located at 16201 S. 104 th Ave., Orland Park. The choir of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, Orland Hills, will provide music for the ceremony.
The first new cemetery to be built by the Archdiocese of Chicago in 45 years, Good Shepherd encompasses 320 acres and is bordered by 104 th Avenue on the west, 159 th Street on the north and 167 th Street on the south. The cemetery was designed by Mekus Studios of Chicago and built by Pepper Construction of Chicago to meet the needs of the booming Catholic population in the southwest suburbs. It will officially open to the public on Monday, May 2.
For more information on Good Shepherd and the 47 other Catholic cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Chicago, contact Roman Szabelski or Dolores Vendl at 708/449-6100.