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Wednesday, June 9 at 1:30 p.m.

Archdiocese of Chicago and Cook County Officials to Bury Indigent, Unknown and Unborn Persons at Mt. Olivet Cemetery

The Archdiocese of Chicago, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and other Cook County officials will hold a committal service to bury indigent, unidentified and unborn persons. Cook County, through the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, is entrusted with the final disposition of indigent deceased, unidentified deceased and fetal remains. The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Cemeteries has agreed to provide burial as a public service. Rev. Lawrence Sullivan, director of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Chicago, will preside over the service and lead the blessing of the caskets.

The committal service will include burial of two unidentified persons, 48 unborn persons and 274 cremated indigent remains. Thirty-one of the decedents being interred died of COVID-19 complications. Local funeral directors and other volunteers will accompany each decedent at the service and stay until the burial is complete.

Since 2012, Catholic Cemeteries, the archdiocese and Cook County have worked together with help from the Cook County Funeral Directors Association, Worsham College of Mortuary Science and Malcolm X College to bury the indigent, unborn and unidentified persons.

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