You’ve seen the beautiful wall going up in the new courtyard space, and St. Alban’s is now offering columbarium niches for purchase. Read below to learn more.
The St. Alban’s Columbarium: Q&A
Q. What’s a columbarium?
A. A columbarium is a space that contains niches designated for the reverential inurnment of cremated remains. St. Alban’s new columbarium is in the western wall of our courtyard.
Q: Why have a columbarium at a church?
A. It allows inurnment to take place at the church immediately after the church funeral service, rather than driving to a cemetery. Additionally, church members have a reflective space to regularly remember departed loved ones. Finally, it reminds all members of the communion of saints and the hope of the resurrection.
Q. What’s the history of this project at St. Alban’s?
A. Forty years ago, St. Alban’s leadership envisioned a columbarium in our courtyard. Thanks to our members’ generosity in our recent Finishing the Work capital campaign, that dream is now a reality.
Q. How do I reserve a niche?
A. Our columbarium has 80 niches, each of which can hold up to two urns. A St. Alban’s member may reserve a niche for $2,000 to hold one urn or $3,500 to hold two urns.
Q. What does the money go towards?
A. It creates a fund to maintain the columbarium in perpetuity.
Q. I’m interested but I have more questions. Whom should I contact?
A. Jesse Lee, Director of Finance and Operations,
at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 752-1773.