Archdiocese Funeral Service Remembers The Unknown: 159 Indigent People Buried At Mount Olivet Cemetery

Jim Gudas
November 14, 2019 - 7:08 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A funeral service was held Thursday at a cemetery on Chicago’s South Side for people in Cook County who died unknown or had no family to bury them.

Cook County and the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago held the service to bury the cremated remains of 159 indigent people at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Father Larry Sullivan, the director of cemeteries for the Archdiocese, presided over the service and said it was meant to honor people who experienced hardship and were not as fortunate as others.

"We have a responsibility to care for others who have not had the same breaks in life that I have had or others have had," Sullivan said. "Nobody in high school thinks, 'One day I am going to grow up and be unclaimed and indigent.' Thats nobody's plan ever, yet it happens."

Also buried during the ceremony were the bodies of two unidentified people, as well as 48 “unborn” remains who died because of miscarriages.