Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI

Century-old friendship leads to common legacy

Sisters & Holy Cross Parish move ahead  with cemetery collaboration plan

by Renae Bauer

The histories of Holy Cross Parish in Green Bay and our Community are long intertwined -- from starting and staffing Holy Cross School, teaching in the faith formation program, sharing liturgies, being next-door neighbors for 126 years, and burying our loved one in adjoining cemeteries.

After many years of joint landscaping efforts and infrastructure enhancements at the cemeteries, the parish and Sisters have agreed to merge the properties. Discussions began years ago and culminated in 2022 when the parish’s Cemetery Committee led by Mark Schauer garnered endorsements from the parish’s Finance Council and Parish Council for the proposed perpetual care of the Sisters’ cemetery.

Conversations continued throughout 2023 and led to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which was signed on Jan. 23, 2024. The MOU outlines the terms for perpetual care and maintenance of the Sisters’ cemetery by Holy Cross Parish. The transition will be completed by March 1, 2026. “We are grateful to Holy Cross Parish for its willingness to become caretakers of our cemetery,” said Sister Rose Jochmann, Community President. “Our histories have always been intertwined and that is a blessing from God.”

PERPETUAL CARE:  Abbot Gary Neville, O Praem, pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Green Bay, signs the Memorandum of Understanding, also signed by Sister Rose Jochmann, Community President. Observing are, from left, Sister Jane Riha; Community First Vice President; Lou Shea, Parish Trustee; Sister Mary Kabat, Community Second Vice President; and Chris Pirlot, Parish Trustee. (Renae Bauer photo)

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