St. Mary’s Columbarium provides a consecrated resting place at our church for urns containing the ashes of deceased parishioners, their families and former members of our parish. Members of other parishes may be accepted upon approval of the Columbarium Board.
Our columbarium was fabricated of Minnesotan Carnelian granite and is located in a garden setting at the turnpike entrance of the church. The garden site has two columbarium units. Each columbarium unit contains 96 niches and each niche accommodates the ashes of two people, for a total of 192 persons per unit. The one time subscription cost for a niche is $2,000 and includes two bronze urns and a memorial plaque.
The columbarium is maintained by a Columbarium Board appointed by the Pastor and operated in accordance with By-laws and Operating Procedures approved by the Diocese. In addition to Father J. B. Shelton, the Board Members are: Ronald Bugos (865) 483-6794, Chairperson, Lawrence O’Rourke (865) 294-5602, Treasurer, Cande Seay (865) 483-3993, Secretary. If you are interested in subscribing for a niche, you may contact one of the Board members or contact the Ministry Center (865) 482-2875 for information or an application package. You may also print and complete the following application forms, Columbarium Application and Memorial Plate Data and Columbarium Niche Assignment, and turn them in at the Ministry Center.