PISCATAWAY – Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski presided at a groundbreaking and blessing ceremony Jan. 22 for the Diocese of Metuchen’s new Mausoleum of the Holy Spirit, which will be erected on the grounds of Resurrection Cemetery, located on Hoes Lane and Park Avenue.
Mary Ellen Gerrity, director of the diocesan Office of Cemeteries, said the design of the new mausoleum has been underway for a year and construction is scheduled to begin this spring.
Once built, the expansive 12,500-square-foot indoor burial site will provide more than 1350 crypts and 385 granite and glass-front niches for cremated remains.
“The mausoleum will have six corridors with stained glass windows at each end, including a feature area with a beautiful stained-glass image of the Blessed Mother surrounded by the twelve Apostles of Christ, at the time of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended upon them,” said Gerrity.
At the event, Gerrity showed attendees renderings of the mausoleum, designed by architect Edward T. Czuba. She announced the mausoleum is to be built by Mid- Atlantic Contractors, Inc., under the direction of its president, Jack Keenan, and architect Anthony Rissi of Rissi Associates Arcitects, PC. Gerrity said Edward Czuba of Edward T. Czuba Architect & Planner, PA, will serve as project manager and Rob Russo of CME Associates will be the site engineer.
The Mausoleum of the Holy Spirit is scheduled to open in early 2015. Pre-construction prices are available, Gerrity added.
The new mausoleum will be the third to be constructed in the Catholic cemetery. The Twelve Apostles and Chapel of the Risen Christ mausoleums are also at Resurrection.