About the Callistian Guild
The Callistian Guild is an organization dedicated to
the fundamental principle that the poorest of God's children are entitled to be
buried with dignity. Burial of the poor with proper respect is the foundation
upon which the Guild was built, and its members are the bricks and mortar which
have held it together over the years. Our predecessors had the strong faith and
commitment to create an organization which has truly dedicated itself to
providing honor in death, and its current members continue that legacy. The
membership of the Guild is made up of groups of individuals and companies
affiliated with providing services at the time of death and their participation
is critical to the Guild's continued success.
Providing a burial with dignity means that a deceased person receives all of the
services related to a proper funeral and members of the Guild provide their
respective services at cost, thus ensuring that the poor receive a worthy
burial. A full funeral is provided which includes the services of a funeral
director, a funeral mass in a Catholic Church, all transportation needs, a
casket and vault, flowers, a plot in a Catholic cemetery and a monument. The
Catholic Cemeteries Association serves as administrator of the funds and pays
the funeral expenses when a request for assistance is made.
It is through the generous support of our members and those of you who make
personal donations which enables the Callistian Guild to join the Catholic
Church in assuming the responsibility of providing a dignified burial for the
poor. We thank you for your kind and generous commitment to this cause.
If you would like to assist the Callistian Guild in burying indigent Catholics in the Cleveland area, please consider making a monetary donation to this worthy cause. Please make your check payable to the Callistian Guild and forward to:
P.O. Box 605125
Cleveland, Ohio 44105
The Callistian Guild is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All or part of your gift may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Please check with your tax advisor.
About St. Callistus
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.