Mount Calvary Cemetery (Portland, Oregon)

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Mount Calvary Cemetery
Mount Calvary Mausoleum (Portland, Oregon).jpg
Mount Calvary Mausoleum in Mount Calvary Cemetery
333 SW Skyline Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97221
CountryUnited States
Coordinates45°31′07″N 122°44′13″W / 45.5186°N 122.7370°W / 45.5186; -122.7370Coordinates: 45°31′07″N 122°44′13″W / 45.5186°N 122.7370°W / 45.5186; -122.7370
TypePrivate; Catholic
Owned byRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon
Size100 acres (400,000 m2)
No. of graves20,000+
WebsiteOfficial website

Mount Calvary Cemetery in the West Hills of Portland, Oregon, United States is a private cemetery owned and maintained by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon. It is the second-oldest Catholic cemetery in Multnomah County, and was the third cemetery built in the West Hills.[1]


In 1858, the Portland Archdiocese established its first cemetery, St. Mary's Cemetery, in Southeast Portland adjacent to Lone Fir Cemetery. By the late 1800s, that site was becoming full and a new site was needed. In 1888, the Archdiocese purchased 100 acres (400,000 m2) in the West Hills and established Mount Calvary Cemetery.[1]

In 1930, St. Mary's was closed and the interments were relocated, mostly to Mount Calvary, and Central Catholic High School was built on the site of the old cemetery.[1] In 1961, the Archdiocese opened a second cemetery in the Portland area, Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery, located in Happy Valley.[2]


The hilltop altar is located on the north side of the Cemetery and bears the Latin inscription "In Sacerdotum Memoriam"

From its location in the West Hills, Mount Calvary has views of Portland and the surrounding mountains in the Cascade Range, as well as the Columbia River. In addition to more than 20,000 graves, the site contains a mausoleum, columbarium, and a hilltop altar for the celebration of Mass.[3]

Notable burials[edit]

The cemetery is the final resting place for several archbishops of Portland as well as politicians, businessmen, actors, and sports figures.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Reddy, Jon (January 21, 2005). "Archdiocese of Portland provides quality cemeteries for area Catholics". Catholic Sentinel. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  2. ^ "Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery, Portland". Archdiocese of Portland. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  3. ^ "Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Portland". Archdiocese of Portland. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Famous Burials: Mount Calvary Cemetery". Find A Grave. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  5. ^ Hogan, Dave (December 22, 2001). "Biography Profile Local Obituary - Judge 'James the Just' Burns dies at 77 after long illness". The Oregonian. p. E1.

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