Calvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles

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Calvary Cemetery
Calvary Cemetery Chapel.jpg
Established 1896
Location 4201 Whittier Boulevard,
East Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Country United States
Coordinates 34°01′42″N 118°10′36″W / 34.02833°N 118.17667°W / 34.02833; -118.17667Coordinates: 34°01′42″N 118°10′36″W / 34.02833°N 118.17667°W / 34.02833; -118.17667
Type Roman Catholic
Owned by Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Size 137 acres
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Calvary Cemetery is a Roman Catholic cemetery operated by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which is located in the East Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Angeles County, California, United States. It is also called "New Calvary Cemetery" because the graves in the original Calvary Cemetery on North Broadway were moved to the present location to make way for Cathedral High School.


The current site, measuring 137 acres, was dedicated in 1896. All Souls Chapel was built on the grounds in 1902, and was dedicated on All Souls' Day of that same year. Bishop George Thomas Montgomery offered a Solemn Pontifical Mass on a temporary altar at the site, and afterwards presided at the setting in place of the cornerstone. It was designed as a replica of the parish church of St. Giles in the rural town of Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, in England. That church is believed to have been the setting of the famed 18th-century poem Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard. The chapel became one of the most visited places of worship in Southern California after its opening.[1] All Souls Chapel is now used primarily for burial services.[2]

The Main Mausoleum, with a new chapel, was built in 1936. It was designed by architect Ross Montgomery.[3][4] Two additional mausoleums, Our Lady's Garden and Gethsemane, have since been built. The cemetery has its own chaplain and daily Mass is offered in the chapel of the Main Mausoleum.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Calvary Cemetery". Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Churches Worth Driving To: All Souls Chapel, Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles". California Catholic Daily. November 8, 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Online Archive of California: Ross Montgomery
  4. ^ John Chase, Glitter Stucco and Dumpster Diving, Verso, 2004, p. 61
  5. ^ "Mass to Be Said Friday for Actor Stepin Fetchit". The Los Angeles Times. November 21, 1985. p. A30. 
  6. ^ Find a Grave

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