In the spirit of St. Joseph, the Arimathea Society of the Cleveland Catholic
Cemeteries is dedicated to burying those of need with dignity and respect. The
Arimathea Society consists of a number of Catholic High Schools in the Greater
Cleveland and Akron areas whose students, practicing one of the Seven Corporal
Works of Mercy, dedicate time by serving as pallbearers for the indigent and
those of need. Additionally, these students also commemorate and pray for the
When an in need person is identified by the Catholic Cemeteries Association
(CCA), the CCA will contact the schools to arrange for pallbearers to serve at
the individuals funeral. Alternatively, the funeral home may contact the schools
directly providing that relationship is in place.
Typically the students may attend the funeral liturgy and then travel to the
cemetery to serve as pallbearers and carry the casket to the grave. After burial
the students usually spend a few minutes in prayer at the gravesite.
The Arimathea Society works closely with the Callistian Guild to provide
dignified burials for the indigent.
Read an article about the
Arimathea Society at the News Herald's website
Read an article about the Arimathea Society at Cleveland.com