News Stories

Bishop’s Vineyard: A Cemetery Parable? August 2016

Catholic cemeteries have been a story of faith and hope for generations. The simple plant- ing of vineyards in three of our cemeteries in 2006 has fascinated the media and general public as the story of the Bishop’s Vineyard wine has unfolded over the years. Our most recent media attention, a New York Times article titled “Turning Cemeteries Into Wine at a California Diocese,” garnered national attention for our Catholic cemeteries. Read article

New St. John Paul II Mausoleum and Chapel blessed at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, June 2016

St. John Paul II Mausoleum and Chapel at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery was blessed by Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron on Saturday, June 18. The mausoleum and chapel mark a significant expansion for the Brownstown cemetery. Read article

Turning Cemeteries Into Wine at a California Diocese, The New York Times, June 2016

For an additional $1,000, a family can have a loved one buried near the chardonnay vines glistening in the sun, or if they prefer, near the pinot noir vines at a cemetery here in an East Bay suburb of San Francisco. Read article

$350,000 gives boost to seminarian education, The Catholic Voice, April 2016

The company that manages Catholic cemeteries in the Oakland diocese has donated $350,000 to aid seminarian education. Read article

Q & A With Robert Seelig, Catholic Cemetery Conference Magazine, April 2016

Robert Seelig, President and CEO of Catholic Management Services, speaks to the Catholic Cemetery Conference Magazine… Read article 

Burying the dead, and caring for survivors

Robert Seelig, President and CEO of Catholic Management Services, speaks to the Catholic Voice about our ministry to the bereaved… Read article

Overcoming Tragedy to Lead Triumphantly

Robert Seelig, President and CEO of Catholic Management Services, speaks candidly to REALM’s Corner Office about overcoming tragedy and pushing forward toward success. Read article

Cemeteries operated by Catholic Diocese of Saginaw to soon be under new management

Cemeteries operated by the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw will soon be under new management. The Diocese says it has contracted with a California-based non-profit to take over those operations… Read article

Nonprofit considers its cemetery and funeral services to be a ministry

In the last two years, Spokane has seen a change in its cemetery and funeral services with the growth of Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services of Spokane (CFCS), a reconfiguration of Catholic Cemeteries of Spokane…   Read article

Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Bishop Donald Hanchon to Hold Groundbreaking May 26 on St. John Paul II Chapel Mausoleum

The project marks a significant expansion for the Brownstown cemetery, which is owned by the Archdiocese of Detroit and managed by Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services of Detroit (CFCS)…  Read article

An atmosphere of peace

CFCS oversees the five Catholic cemeteries falling within the region of the archdiocese: Southfield’s Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Detroit’s Holy Cross Cemetery, Brownstown’s Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Monroe’s St. Joseph Cemetery and Wyandotte’s Mount Carmel Cemetery. That doesn’t include the dozens of parish-operated cemeteries also within the archdiocese… Read article

Catholic cemeteries strike innovative deal with union

After more than four years of negotiations, the Catholic cemeteries of the Oakland diocese have reached a 10-year agreement with Local 265 of the Service Employees International Union representing their 23 groundskeepers. The agreement includes a no-layoff provision, a buyout of the union-managed pension, and health care with no lifetime cap. It was ratified by a 22-1 vote… Read article

Diocese Cultivates Wine Grapes in Cemetery

Grapes and graves might seem an unlikely pairing, but Catholic cemetery officials in this San Francisco suburb are cultivating a graveyard vineyard in hopes of making sacramental wine.

Robert Seelig, director of funeral and cemetery services for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland, views the vineyard in the context of the symbolic importance of wine to the church _ from the water-to-wine miracle of the wedding at Cana to the consecration of wine during the Mass… Read article