Catholic Cemeteries Commit Cremated Remains, Including Those Found at Cantrell

Detroit-area burial services ‘a grace and an act of hope’ in Christ’s resurrection, Archbishop Vigneron says at Holy Sepulchre

SOUTHFIELD — There is something both permanent and temporary about cemeteries.

Cemeteries provide a holy ground where people bury their loved ones; a final resting place on earth. But as God showed in Christ’s tomb, the rest is not a final rest.

Preaching before those gathered at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield on Nov. 2, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron said even the hallowed grounds of a cemetery are not the final stop in the faithful’s journey toward God.

“While everyone requires the service of cemeteries and funeral directors, we know that this cemetery is only a temporary place,” Archbishop Vigneron said. “We are not oppressed to come here to pray, because we know it is from this place at the end of time a great miracle will occur.”

The All Souls Day service at Holy Sepulchre joined services at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery in Brownstown Township and St. Joseph Cemetery in Monroe, each of which concluded with a special committal service for the cremated remains brought by families to the three cemeteries as part of Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services’ Gather Them Home campaign.

“As we have this final committal of these ashes, I acknowledge for some, that this is a long extension of a funeral for your beloved,” Archbishop Vigneron said. “While it is painful to mourn the loss of a loved one, it is a grace and an act of hope in the power of Jesus Christ and the resurrection to come and bury them here today. It is my hope that you find comfort and consolation in prayer through the power of Jesus Christ.”

Archbishop Vigneron said All Souls Day is an opportunity to acknowledge that the departed are not gone, but rather wait for the Second Coming of Christ, with whom they will be reunited in heaven.

Families pray at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery for the souls of departed loved ones during an All Souls Day Mass and committal service.

“The Gospel tells us what God the Father has done, how Jesus Christ is more powerful than death,” Archbishop Vigneron said. “That’s why we have hope, because God, in the Holy Spirit, came back upon the body of Jesus Christ in his holy sepulcher. Jesus had been there for three days: Friday afternoon, all day Saturday and into Sunday morning. Then, in an hour known only to the Father and the angels, he went with the Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life, upon that dead body, and now Christ is victorious over death.”In his opening remarks, Archbishop Vigneron called to mind the news of the unborn and cremated remains discovered at Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit on Oct. 12 and Perry Funeral Home, also in Detroit, a week later.“Today’s gesture is a gesture of love and respect for those who are departed,” Archbishop Vigneron said. “The news regarding those whose remains were misplaced in funeral homes in the city affects us all deeply. We also remember our Jewish brothers and sisters, murdered in acts of terror and antisemitism. Today, we pray for all the departed souls, the discarded elderly, the unborn and those victims of opioid addiction.“It is a great work of mercy, entrusted to us, to bury the dead,” Archbishop Vigneron continued. “Because our God is the God of the living. So we undertake this great work of mercy of praying for the dead and to bury the dead.”Across town at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in northeast Detroit, a separate interfaith service was being observed to commit the cremated remains of those recently discovered at Cantrell.Brian Joseph, owner of Verheyden Funeral Homes, which helped organize the service and committal along with Mt. Olivet, said it is part of the Catholic faith to help others in need, especially in one’s local community.

“It was the right thing to do. It goes back to what Mr. Verheyden started in 1908,” said Joseph, a Catholic. “It’s the beginning of the healing from this crisis in our community.”

Joseph said nearly 300 cremated remains — save for remains of about 20 military veterans, who will be interred at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly on Veterans Day, Nov. 16 — will be laid to rest for free in a crypt at Mt. Olivet.

A Chance to Heal

For the faithful who brought ashes to Holy Sepulchre and other archdiocesan cemeteries Nov. 2, the Mass and committal service was an extension of mercy and an opportunity for closure.

Jim Vurpillat of St. Paul on the Lake Parish in Grosse Pointe Farms was at Holy Sepulchre with his wife and sister-in-law, who interred the remains of their mother who died 13 years ago.

“A few years ago, my wife and her sister found out their brother had their mother’s remains in a closet, and they felt it wasn’t a proper place for Mom,” Vurpillat said. “We read about what the archdiocese was doing on All Souls Day to inter ashes; it was a wonderful gesture on their part.”

People hug during the Sign of Peace during an All Souls Day Mass at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery has a Mass every third Friday of the month in which cremated remains are accepted, free of charge, as part of its All Souls Remembrance program.

“We were sitting around the living room when my wife brought it up to her sister, and it was one of those things we talked about, did research on, and it was so easy,” Vurpillat said. “They started to read about it, and we knew it would be a perfect thing for Mom. Their grandparents are also buried here, so this allows Mom to be with her parents.”

Bill Hoeft, location manager at Holy Sepulchre, said Archbishop Vigneron blessed the cremated remains of approximately 180 individuals during the committal ceremony.

Flowers are hung from crypts at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. As part of the Gather Them Home initiative, families brought cremated remains of loved ones to be interred, free of charge.

Hoeft said the main focus for the Gather Them Home initiative is to educate families about the importance of a proper burial and committal service, as well as the order of a Christian funeral, which includes a visitation and celebration of life with a Mass and final committal.

“Even though we are a Catholic cemetery, we are open to all Christian faiths,” Hoeft said. “We invite families to come to visit our beautiful grounds, our mausoleum, and find out where we inter their loved ones and how we care for the loved ones who are placed here.”

For Ellen Gorksi of St. Alphonsus-St. Clement Parish in Dearborn, whose mother passed in 2011, the service was the perfect opportunity for closure.

“I’m here so my mom could have a Christian burial,” said Gorksi, fighting back tears. “Just knowing that the archdiocese did this is a great relief. And I was very taken in by it; it was my opportunity to do the right thing by her.”

Rest For the Weary: How Catholic Funeral, Cemetery Staff Embraced Grieving Families

Theodor Butkin, outreach manager, Jim Henley, Holy Sepulchre Associate Location Manager, Bob Hojinacki, director of cemeteries for the Archdiocese of Detroit, and Nick Acosta, operations manager, pose for a photo in the mausoleum of Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Throughout the pandemic, now in its 14th month, Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services has adapted its ministry to serve the ever-evolving needs of families burying loved ones at Catholic cemeteries. (Valaurian Waller | Detroit Catholic)

Fourteen months into Pandemic, Catholic Cemetery Workers Reflect on Difficult Year, Pledge to Walk with Families Suffering Unexpected Loss

DETROIT — During the worst months of the pandemic, Detroit’s Catholic funeral and cemetery workers were among the most “essential” of essential workers.

It’s not how they wanted it, but it’s the reality everyone was dealt.

Long hours, difficult conversations — made more difficult by virus-mandated restrictions — and daily changing job roles made an already unfamiliar situation even more challenging for staff at Detroit-based Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services, whose responsibilities include maintaining a pastoral presence for those grieving the untimely death of a loved one.

Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron will celebrate a Mass on Thursday at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in recognition of the dedication cemetery and funeral staffers have shown in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Mass is just one way to show appreciation for those called to help families dealing with loss during a once-in-a-century pandemic.

“Early on in the pandemic, there were so many unknowns of how we were going to do things,” Bob Hojnacki, director of cemeteries for Detroit’s Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services (CFCS), told Detroit Catholic. “Things were changing on a weekly, daily to an almost hourly basis. We had to change a lot of our protocols and safety procedures for our staff, families and how we processed those changes.”

While parishes and schools ceased in-person operations, cemeteries had no such luxury.

Cemetery workers donned special equipment to keep them safe while burying COVID-related deaths. Other funeral staffers worked with families remotely, planning burial services at the cemetery when parishes were closed, establishing live streams so more than 10 people could witness funerals, and at times, being the sole witness of the departed’s burial.

“They were very much front-line workers, but not celebrated in the same way as health care workers,” said Robert Seelig, CEO for Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services, which operates in 15 dioceses across the country.

While Catholic funeral and cemetery workers are always called upon to minister to grieving families, the pandemic has been especially challenging for those whose ministry involves comforting those dealing with unexpected loss. (Naomi Vrazo | Detroit Catholic)

Seelig, who is based in the Diocese of San Jose, Calif., flew in to Detroit for today’s Mass, one of a series of Masses across the country celebrated for funeral and cemetery workers whose ministry is often conducted behind the scenes.

“On the one-year anniversary of the first COVID burial in California in the Diocese of San Jose, we did a Mass, but we couldn’t have one Mass that would say, ‘the pandemic is over,’” Seelig told Detroit Catholic. “We realized we needed to so a series of healing Masses for the workers, recognizing what they have gone through, but realizing that we’re all going through recovery at a certain level.”

The changing nature of government restrictions and knowledge about the spread and transmission of the virus was something cemetery staffers around the country had to adjust to, as Catholics were looking to cemeteries as one of the few places public worship was being done during the height of the lockdowns.

“We were one of the few, if not the only, ministry of the Catholic Church where employees had to continue to go to work,” Seelig said. “We went into crisis-management mode with daily national meetings with all of our directors and staff. We calmed everyone down and looked at what we could do.”

Turns out, what they “could do” was a lot.

A mother and daughter visit a gravesite at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Wyandotte. (Melissa Moon | Detroit Catholic)

Across the country, Catholic funeral workers changed their daily routines on the fly, meeting with families remotely, having staffers drive in separate cars when showing potential plots and investing in livestream technology to cater to families unable to travel or attend funerals in person.

“Early on, we had the family environmental specialists and grounds crew wear special suits and spray down the caskets when they would come in, and we weren’t allowing families to be around for the burial,” Hojnacki said. “Since then, learning what we know about COVID, we no longer are in suits, but we’re still keeping distances and have special proper equipment to handle the body and caskets. Families can watch the committal from a safe distance — 50 feet — and do a service prior to burial.”

Hojnacki said CFCS Detroit had an estimated 2,700 burials last year, just a bit more than the 2,400 it averages, with 375 of those being COVID-related burials.

Some cemeteries experienced backlogs, both because of the increase in burials and also because of families opting to wait for crowd size and travel restrictions to ease before interring cremated remains in a grove or niche in a mausoleum, Hojnacki said.

Despite the spiritually and physically taxing work, funeral and cemetery workers offered a critical ministry to suffering families often dealing with unexpected loss.

“Our staff has really stepped up,” Hojnacki said. “Early on, there were a lot of unknowns and a lot of anxiety, and we turned our switch to focus more on families who were having what we call ‘at-need’ deaths.”

Family members pay their respects during a funeral Mass for Fr. Michael Cooney, pastor of St. Peter Parish in Mount Clemens, in December. (Valaurian Waller | Detroit Catholic)

“At-need” deaths are sudden deaths in which no prior arrangements were made. Families work with CFCS staff on planning a funeral, which is a difficult thing for families not expecting to do so.

Patricia Kade, a family service adviser at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield, works with families in pre-need and at-need planning. Normally, she would meet in person with families, walking them through the cemetery grounds or the mausoleum, explaining the options for burial and interment.

Despite meeting with families via Zoom now, Kade knows it’s her job to provide comfort and familiarity as families navigate a difficult and stressful time.

“If presented properly, families understand all the new restrictions and what needs to be done, and they accept it,” Kade said. “We provide compassion to people, answering their questions, guiding them through this process. We explain how we can have a committal ceremony that is socially distanced with people wearing masks, or with people staying in the car. We try to be flexible.”

Even weeks after the funeral, CFCS staffers have been calling families to check in on them, offering a listening ear and compassionate voice.

“We have received so many thank-you notes and feedback from families,” Kade said. “We pray every day for our families, for our staff and the people who just buried a loved one. We ask if there is anything they need, and often they say, ‘Thank you for making this easier.’ I think that keeps us going.”

Members of the Catholic and Funeral and Cemetery Services team pose for a photo inside the mausoleum at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services have been open throughout the pandemic, serving the community in whatever capacity they can, via face-to-face or Zoom interactions. (Valaurian Waller | Detroit Catholic)

That sense of gratitude extends to the grounds crew, who are charged with making sure cemeteries look their best as places of gathering and prayer.

“Families are looking for closure, and I believe my team’s job is to help provide that closure and ensure there’s care and love for the one who is being buried,” said Nicholas Acosta, operations manager for CFCS – Detroit, who oversees the grounds crews for all of the ministry’s Detroit locations. “We try to make sure families have the best — which is hard to say — but the best and most respectful manner in laying their loved ones to rest.”

Seeling said Catholic cemeteries throughout the country have embraced their role in providing a critical corporal work of mercy, especially when other Catholic ministries were limited by government restrictions, as an evangelization opportunity.

“Our cemeteries are actually places where Catholics, non-Catholics and non-practicing Catholics are congregating,” Seelig said. “So we have this ministry opportunity, relating to Archbishop Vigneron’s Unleash the Gospel, of how do we invite people back to an experience within the Church? How do we reconnect them? We see the opportunity the Church has to minister to these families. You don’t have to go out and seek people in need; they come to our cemeteries every day.”

Archbishop blesses new Stations of the Cross at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Photos

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron blesses an outdoor Stations of the Cross installation at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield on June 5. The stations and outdoor cremation garden will give families a place to reflect and pray as they visit the cemetery. The archbishop also blessed a walking path dedicated to the late Fr. Timothy Babcock, former chaplain for Catholic cemeteries in the Archdiocese of Detroit. (Photos by James Silvestri | Special to Detroit Catholic)

SOUTHFIELD — Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron celebrated an outdoor Mass on Saturday, June 5, at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield as he dedicated a new cremation garden and marble Stations of the Cross.

The new garden is meant to give families a serene place to walk in nature as they pray and memorialize their loved ones, said Deanne Cortese, outreach director for Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services in Detroit.

“This is what families are looking for,” Cortese said. “We looked at what a lot of cemeteries around the country are doing, and an outdoor Stations of the Cross where you can walk and reflect seemed like a good fit.”

The ceremony also included the blessing of a walking path and monument dedicated to the late Fr. Timothy Babcock, who served as chaplain for Catholic cemeteries in the Archdiocese of Detroit until his death in 2019.

To learn more about Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services, visit https://www.cfcsdetroit.org.

Photos by James Silvestri, Special to Detroit Catholic

To learn more about Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services, visit https://www.cfcsdetroit.org.

How Catholic Funeral, Cemetery Rites Can be Gateways to Evangelization

A statue of Christ is pictured in the cemetery of Jesus the Good Shepherd Church in Dunkirk, Md., May 6, 2021. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Over the past year, our nation has lost hundreds of thousands of souls to the pandemic that plunged our society into a crisis from which we are only now beginning to emerge. In a culture that traditionally relegates the topic of death to whispered, private conversation, we have been forced to confront head-on the fragility of our lives this side of the Kingdom of God.

Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services fill the void left by a society keeping death at arm’s length. This Church-owned nonprofit was established to walk with every Catholic through the experience of an end-of-life journey, fusing sound business and management principles with a concerted effort to unleash a renewed Catholic vitality, re-evangelizing Catholics about the hope and beauty found in the theology of Catholic end-of-life rites.

Death has been a source of both anxiety and fascination for humanity since the fall of our first parents in the Garden of Eden. Indeed, many find death to be a frightening prospect and spend their lives in search of distractions from its unrelenting finality. The Catholic response, however, has long been to emphasize death as a passage to eternal salvation. Catholic funeral rites, which are composed of the Vigil, the Funeral Liturgy, and the Committal, are designed to imitate and reflect the Christian hope that, in death, we find eternal life with our heavenly father.

“From beginning to end, a funeral evangelizes us, sharing the good news that God is near and that even in our sorrow, difficulties and distress, we can have joyful confidence in his providence,” Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron wrote in his 2018 pastoral note, An Act of Mercy and Faith. “On our end, through participating in the funeral liturgies, we proclaim to those who have little or no faith, or who do not practice it, the good news that God is mercy. We proclaim through our actions that we are certain that our loved ones are not memories, but that they are alive, they will arise and live for all eternity.”

Every detail of the rites is designed to remind those participating of their loved one’s eternal life. The coffin, for example, is clothed with the white pall, a reminder of our baptismal garment and the mark of eternal life. The sprinkling of holy water symbolizes our reverence for a body that will rise to meet its Savior on the last day. Far from a series of bleak gestures, the Catholic funeral rites are, to quote Pope Francis, “an act of great faith.”

They are also acts that fewer and fewer Catholics experience. With a culture ever more focused on clinging to youthful vitality, people today are less prepared to confront the reality of death, in particular the immediate need for a final resting place for the body. Further, the faithful increasingly view traditional end-of-life rites as exceedingly elaborate and overly costly. Shifting preferences and demographics, mounting costs, and an increase in secular competition have given rise to a dramatic shift toward cremation, with many opting to keep or scatter the cremated remains of their loved ones.

Whereas the 1950s saw a booming demand for cemetery plots, the cremation rate today in most parishes averages about 40 percent, with some dioceses seeing cremation rates as high as 75 percent. The 15 years between 2000 and 2015 saw a 30 percent drop in Catholic casketed services and a more than 200 percent rise in Catholic cremation services. And while the Church does not expressly prohibit cremation, its rise in popularity prompted the Vatican recently to reiterate its requirement that cremated remains be buried on sacred ground. Changing behaviors present new opportunities for the Church to reach people.

Amid the ongoing pandemic, it becomes immeasurably more important to accompany the faithful — devout or otherwise — through one of life’s most painful moments. Taking its cue from Pope Francis, CFCS works to evangelize the faithful using the beauty and meaning of Catholic end-of-life rites, which emphasize that the bodies of our dead are not keepsakes for the living, but rather remain temples for the Almighty in the next life. 

Those evangelization efforts are amplified by the application of financial acumen to run diocesan funeral and cemetery programs like a business primed for success. For instance, principles like the 80/20 rule help the typical cash poor but land rich diocese better leverage its assets. CFCS also employs a two-pronged approach of running diocesan cemetery programs like a start-up while using fine-tuned messaging and business savvy, which has taken funeral and cemetery operations from the red to the green in every single diocese where CFCS has been used, without reliance upon perpetual care funds that should be carefully guarded.

CFCS has established a 6 percent annual growth rate in the Oakland, Calif., diocese, for example, increasing available equity by $24 million and ensuring for the care of an aging cemetery system. This not only stabilized that diocese’s funeral and cemetery programs but led to a sizable surplus to subsidize other important ministries. End-of-life pro

Over the past year, our nation has lost hundreds of thousands of souls to the pandemic that plunged our society into a crisis from which we are only now beginning to emerge. In a culture that traditionally relegates the topic of death to whispered, private conversation, we have been forced to confront head-on the fragility of our lives this side of the Kingdom of God.

Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services fills the void left by a society keeping death at arm’s length. This Church-owned nonprofit was established to walk with every Catholic through the experience of an end-of-life journey, fusing sound business and management principles with a concerted effort to unleash a renewed Catholic vitality, re-evangelizing Catholics about the hope and beauty found in the theology of Catholic end-of-life rites.

Death has been a source of both anxiety and fascination for humanity since the fall of our first parents in the Garden of Eden. Indeed, many find death to be a frightening prospect and spend their lives in search of distractions from its unrelenting finality. The Catholic response, however, has long been to emphasize death as a passage to eternal salvation. Catholic funeral rites, which are composed of the Vigil, the Funeral Liturgy, and the Committal, are designed to imitate and reflect the Christian hope that, in death, we find eternal life with our heavenly father.

“From beginning to end, a funeral evangelizes us, sharing the good news that God is near and that even in our sorrow, difficulties and distress, we can have joyful confidence in his providence,” Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron wrote in his 2018 pastoral note, An Act of Mercy and Faith. “On our end, through participating in the funeral liturgies, we proclaim to those who have little or no faith, or who do not practice it, the good news that God is mercy. We proclaim through our actions that we are certain that our loved ones are not memories, but that they are alive, they will arise and live for all eternity.”

Every detail of the rites is designed to remind those participating of their loved one’s eternal life. The coffin, for example, is clothed with the white pall, a reminder of our baptismal garment and the mark of eternal life. The sprinkling of holy water symbolizes our reverence for a body that will rise to meet its Savior on the last day. Far from a series of bleak gestures, the Catholic funeral rites are, to quote Pope Francis, “an act of great faith.”

They are also acts that fewer and fewer Catholics experience. With a culture ever more focused on clinging to youthful vitality, people today are less prepared to confront the reality of death, in particular the immediate need for a final resting place for the body. Further, the faithful increasingly view traditional end-of-life rites as exceedingly elaborate and overly costly. Shifting preferences and demographics, mounting costs, and an increase in secular competition have given rise to a dramatic shift toward cremation, with many opting to keep or scatter the cremated remains of their loved ones.

Whereas the 1950s saw a booming demand for cemetery plots, the cremation rate today in most parishes averages about 40 percent, with some dioceses seeing cremation rates as high as 75 percent. The 15 years between 2000 and 2015 saw a 30 percent drop in Catholic casketed services and a more than 200 percent rise in Catholic cremation services. And while the Church does not expressly prohibit cremation, its rise in popularity prompted the Vatican recently to reiterate its requirement that cremated remains be buried on sacred ground. Changing behaviors present new opportunities for the Church to reach people.

Amid the ongoing pandemic, it becomes immeasurably more important to accompany the faithful — devout or otherwise — through one of life’s most painful moments. Taking its cue from Pope Francis, CFCS works to evangelize the faithful using the beauty and meaning of Catholic end-of-life rites, which emphasize that the bodies of our dead are not keepsakes for the living, but rather remain temples for the Almighty in the next life. 

Those evangelization efforts are amplified by the application of financial acumen to run diocesan funeral and cemetery programs like a business primed for success. For instance, principles like the 80/20 rule help the typical cash poor but land rich diocese better leverage its assets. CFCS also employs a two-pronged approach of running diocesan cemetery programs like a start-up while using fine-tuned messaging and business savvy, which has taken funeral and cemetery operations from the red to the green in every single diocese where CFCS has been used, without reliance upon perpetual care funds that should be carefully guarded.

CFCS has established a 6 percent annual growth rate in the Oakland, Calif., diocese, for example, increasing available equity by $24 million and ensuring for the care of an aging cemetery system. This not only stabilized that diocese’s funeral and cemetery programs but led to a sizable surplus to subsidize other important ministries. End-of-life programs are now becoming financial lifelines for ministries and programs supporting school children and families.

Perhaps more significantly, CFCS found a model that might serve the Church’s many noble nonprofit initiatives seeking to share and educate on foundational Catholic theology. In the Detroit archdiocese, CFCS programs are integrated in support of the region’s overarching mission to “Unleash the Gospel.” Departments and resources that were once siloed are now integrated and mutually supportive. 

Pope Francis once warned that “if the Church is not on the move, she decays, she becomes something else.” CFCS took the principle of “innovate or die” to the changing business of death, giving it a new life of its own and helping to shed the light of Christ on the specter of death so that the bereaved and all the faithful may see it clearly for what it is: the passage to eternal salvation with Christ. 

Robert Seelig is the CEO of Catholic Funeral & Cemetery Services and Fr. Jeffrey Day is the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, Archdiocese of Detroit.


grams are now becoming financial lifelines for ministries and programs supporting school children and families.

Perhaps more significantly, CFCS found a model that might serve the Church’s many noble nonprofit initiatives seeking to share and educate on foundational Catholic theology. In the Detroit archdiocese, CFCS programs are integrated in support of the region’s overarching mission to “Unleash the Gospel.” Departments and resources that were once siloed are now integrated and mutually supportive. 

Pope Francis once warned that “if the Church is not on the move, she decays, she becomes something else.” CFCS took the principle of “innovate or die” to the changing business of death, giving it a new life of its own and helping to shed the light of Christ on the specter of death so that the bereaved and all the faithful may see it clearly for what it is: the passage to eternal salvation with Christ. 

Robert Seelig is the CEO of Catholic Funeral & Cemetery Services and Fr. Jeffrey Day is the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, Archdiocese of Detroit.

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