CemLS# 30186
Calvary Catholic Cemetery
Garden: Calvary
Section: 15
Lot: Sedes Sapientiae Columbarium
Space/Site: various
The statue of Mary, the Seat of Wisdom (Sedes Sapientiae), greets all who enter Calvary Cemetery. This statue was originally donated by the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women to St. Thomas Seminary in the 1950's. When the seminary closed, the statue of our Blessed Mother was transferred to the Archbishop's residence, Connolly House, on Seattle's First Hill. Subsequently, the statue was a feature at an Archdiocesan retreat house in Sequim. In 2015 Archbishop Sartain gifted the statue to Associated Catholic Cemeteries. It was placed at Calvary where it overlooks the Priest's Lot. Many of the priests buried there would have been greeted at the seminary by this same statue. The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women now tend "Mary's Garden" at the foot of the statue. Two columbariums for the placement of cremated remains now flank the statue offering a sacred space for the placement of cremated remains of the body.

Holy Mary,
Mirror of Justice,
Seat of Wisdom,
Cause of our Joy,
Queen of Peace.
Pray for us.

About Calvary Catholic Cemetery
Calvary Cemetery –

Calvary Cemetery was blessed and formally dedicated on December 1, 1889 as a diocesan cemetery for the Diocese of Nesqually in the Territory of Washington. Much has changed over the years. The Diocese of Nesqually is now the Archdiocese of Seattle. Calvary Cemetery is a sacred place, a place of prayer and quiet reflection that invites us to remember all those “who have gone now before us marked with the sign of faith.”

Strolling the 40-acre grounds of Calvary Cemetery is a walk though Seattle’s past. Members of the Catholic community buried at Calvary include Union and Confederate veterans of the Civil War and refugees from the war in Vietnam. The priests of the Archdiocese of Seattle are at rest here along with members of several communities of women religious. The grounds offer sweeping views of Lake Washington, Mt. Rainier, the University of Washington, and glimpses of downtown Seattle.

Calvary continues to service our community. Burial space for both traditional casket burial as well as cremation placement
is still available at Calvary. We invite you to contact Calvary for a personalized tour and the opportunity to have your questions answered.

Contact Us

Calvary Catholic Cemetery
5041-35th Ave. NE
Seattle, Washington, US 98105

Phone: 206-366-8834

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