Due to the increased demand for cremation, St. Stephen’s Catholic Church has added a Columbarium to Calvary Cemetery in Anoka, MN.

A dedication took place Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015 following 9:00 a.m. Mass at the cemetery.  Fr. Joah Ellis, assisted by Fr. Kevin Manthey, blessed the new columbarium.

On March 24th, 2015 KSTP Channel 5 News reported that less than 1% of Minnesotan’s chose cremation back in the 1960’s. Now predictions show almost the entire state will be choosing cremation by the year 2030.

Visit our funerals/cemetery page for additional information about Calvary Cemetery.

A columbarium is a permanent structure made up of spaces or niches where family members can place urns containing the ashes (or cremated remains) of cremated loved ones. The word ‘columbarium’ is derived from the Latin term columba, meaning “dwelling place of a dove.” The dove, of course, has long symbolized in Christian tradition the embodiment of the Holy Spirit.

Since the Vatican lifted the cremation ban in 1963, today it is not only allowed, but growing in popularity among the faithful.  Cremated remains are given the same respect as remains in a casket.  The Church requires that the deceased body be treated with prayerful reverence and great dignity in recognition of its glorious future.

The beautiful new columbarium is conveniently located on the east side of Calvary Cemetery between entrances.

The columbarium is constructed in granite and features a patio and benches providing a spiritually meaningful place where families can spend time to memorialize their loved ones. The first phase includes the center “cross” columbarium.

For more information or a brochure, please contact the parish office at 763-421-2471.

  • Cremations are less than half the cost of a traditional burial.
  • The columbarium structure makes it easy to locate loved ones at the cemetery.
  • The columbarium structure is a focal point at Calvary Cemetery
  • Patio and benches are located at the columbarium for year-round visitation.
  • Advanced planning eliminates guesswork and financial burdens for your family.