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Holy Cross Community Cemetery

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When Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. passed away in the late winter of 2015, the Notre Dame community lined the route from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, past the grotto and up the hill to the Congregation of Holy Cross Community Cemetery. The cemetery grounds are nestled in a quiet spot just north of a wooded area between the Sacred Heart Parish Center and Our Lady of Fatima House. Visitors can see headstones bearing the names of Congregation members whose lives and works left an indelible mark in the history and development of Notre Dame; names such as Fr. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., Fr. Andrew Morrissey, C.S.C. and Fr. John Zahm, C.S.C.

It is a tradition of the Congregation of Holy Cross to process as a community to the cemetery on the Feast of All Souls in November. The priests, brothers, seminarians and scholastics each visit the grave of someone that played a particular role in his formation, or holds a special place in his memory. Then the entire community gathers in front of the pieta, under the setting sun, to honor their memories and to pray for the repose of their souls.