On December 1, 1889, Calvary Cemetery was blessed and formally dedicated as a Diocesan Cemetery by Fr. Louis Schram, the Vicar General for Bishop Junger of the Diocese of Nesqually in the Territory of Washington. Since that time more than 45,000 people have been buried in Calvary Cemetery.
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. Along with many notable individuals of Seattle’s history are the countless ordinary men and women who married, raised families, worked and passed on their Catholic faith to their children and grandchildren to this very day. All of these people are part of the tapestry of the Church.
Calvary Catholic Cemetery is a sacred space, 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.”