St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish in Cleveland is exploring the potential for developing a columbarium for its parishioners.
A columbarium is a respectful repository for a person’s cremated remains. Several parishes in the Diocese of Knoxville have created columbaria, which are typically free-standing units in an outdoor setting designed and landscaped to create a peaceful, reflective environment.
After visiting and collecting information from these other parishes, the columbarium committee for St. Thérèse Parish contacted a firm that specializes in the design and construction of columbaria. The Columbarium Committee worked with Matthews Granite to create a design that includes three types of units containing niches, each of which accommodates the cremated remains of two individuals. Each niche will have a plaque displaying the names and dates for the inurned remains.
For more information on this project or to inquire about purchasing a niche, call the parish office at 423-476-8123 or Ron Braam at 479-9039.