Boy Scout’s Eagle Scout project protects sacred cemetery land from development
Green Bay, WI (October 19, 2010) – The Holy Cross Parish Family will be re-dedicating their Pioneer Cemetery on Sunday, October 24th after the 10:00 am Mass. The cemetery is located about a ¼ mile south of Holy Cross Church (3001 Bay Settlement Road) off of Bay Settlement Road. Holy Cross parishioner Matt Jadin spent the summer and fall spearheading the effort to build a fence around the cemetery to mark it as a sacred place, distinct from impending real estate development. The project will help the teen earn the distinction of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America.
The dedication takes place nearly 170 years after the first pioneer was buried there, an 18 month old little girl by the name of Leious Stemm. Parish records indicate that there were 36 burials in the cemetery over the course of approximately 20 years. The cemetery is the final resting place of early pioneers and several Civil War veterans.
Holy Cross Pastor Fr. Tom Hagendorf said that the building of the fence and re-dedication of the cemetery is a reflection of Catholic teaching of how Catholics care for their beloved dead.
“The cemetery land is sacred land, and we have a moral responsibility to care for the final resting place of our ancestors,” commented Hagendorf.
Jadin learned about the need for the fence from a neighbor who helps care for the property. The parish owns the land, but the surrounding farm fields are likely to be developed in the next five years. Jadin was attracted to the project because it filled a definite, impending need within his immediate parish community. Jadin, along with many Holy Cross parishioners will be present for the re-dedication of the cemetery this Sunday. Fr. Tom Hagendorf will preside.
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