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Faribault, Rice County, Minnesota
Calvary Cemetery, Faribault, MN
GPS: 44.28822, -93.31291
2477-2621 4th St NW
Faribault, MN 55021
Published: June 12, 2023
Total records: 4,637
Calvary Cemetery is owned by Divine Mercy Catholic Church at 139 Mercy Dr, Faribault, MN.
Calvary Cemetery, initially laid out in 1858, contained ten acres of Section 35 in the southeastern part of Wells Township. It was originally the property of the Diocese of St. Paul, and in 1877 it was deeded to the Immaculate Conception parish. In 2002, Immaculate Conception Parish merged with the parishes of St. Lawrence and Sacred Heart to form the present-day Divine Mercy Catholic Church.
Prior to the formation of Calvary Cemetery, burials of Irish Catholics took place at a parcel of ground southwest of the parish rectory. These deceased were moved to the newly acquired Calvary grounds in 1858.
Creation of Calvary Cemetery was started by Faribault founder, Alexander Faribault, who undertook the task of finding a more suitable location for the burial of Irish Catholics. James Kennedy offered to deed 10 acres to Mr. Faribault in payment for an outstanding debt. Mr. Faribault had the land deeded directly to Father Keller in 1865, who in turn deeded it to Bishop Thomas Grace, who then deeded it to Immaculate Conception Parish in 1877.
Fire Destroys Several Early Grave Markers
In the late 1860’s on All Souls day, Father Keller, accompanied by 6 men, carried a large cross in a march with most of the congregation to the cemetery. After the cross was erected at the south end of the cemetery, Father Keller proceeded to bless the cemetery grounds. During Father Patrick Daheny’s pastorate (1885-1889), a fire swept through the cemetery destroying the 1860’s cross, as well as wooden markers & railings around individual graves & lots. The destruction made it almost impossible to locate & identify the graves of the early settlers.
Records linked below were acquired from Divine Mercy Catholic Church's cemetery records database on June 12, 2023.
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