In the dawn of the third century, during the time of Saint Callistus, followers
of the Christian faith began separating their places of interment from those
used by pagans. While pagan belief accepted some form of existence after death,
it was not eternal. Eternal life in Christ was the foundation of Christian faith
and the catalyst for creating places of burial separate from those of pagans. In
an atmosphere of persecution and martyrdom the Christian faith flourished and to
acknowledge the faithful, cemeteries belonging to the Church were established.
One of Saint Callistus' roles in the early church was to administer the
cemetery of the church in Rome and to this day, the catacombs of Saint Callistus
are among the greatest and most important in Rome. It was his responsibility in
the name of the Church to ensure that each person received a worthy burial,
including the poor and enslaved.
In c. 217, Saint Callistus ascended to the papacy and in c. 222, became a
martyr. It is in his memory that we provide support for the work which is done
in his name.