Sacred spaces around campus virtual tour

Abbey cemetery

Abbey cemetery entranceThis tour concludes with the Abbey cemetery, which dates from 1923. Some 90 burials have taken place in it to date. The walls surrounding the cemetery were built with staggered concrete blocks and its welded metal gates were created in 1960. Monks – both priests and brothers – as well as a few non-monks are buried in orderly rows, with the graves of Saint Martin’s abbots at the top of its gentle westward grade.

Abbey cemetery crucifixThe cemetery is also graced with a large crucifix with a corpus (Christ’s body) molded from cannon shells collected from World War I French battlefields.

Visitors are welcome to enter but are kindly asked to be respectful of this holy place, as it is the burial ground of Saint Martin’s monastic family.

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