Diocesan Cemeteries of the Diocese of Madison assist the Bishop, priests and lay faithful in witnessing to the teachings of the Church, including respect for the human person, belief in the resurrection of the body, and the hope of eternal life by:
- Burying the dead with dignity in consecrated ground
- Comforting and caring for those who mourn
- Maintaining cemetery grounds and buildings as sacred places of prayer and remembrance
- Exercising good stewardship of financial and other resources
- Employing staff who are welcoming, competent and compassionate
"Catholic cemeteries exist because of our belief in the resurrection of the body in some new shape or form at the end of time. If there were no promise of resurrection and eternal life, there would be no need for Catholic cemeteries. Canon Law designates two sacred places, a church and a cemetery. The Church, in Her wisdom, provides cemeteries to carry out the sacred religious ministry of the burial of the dead and to care for the resting places of the faithful departed."
- Bishop Robert Morlino, Diocese of Madison