Saint Vincent Archabbey dedicated the Mary, Mother of Mercy Mausoleum Chapel November 8, 2014. The mausoleum chapel offers a place for quiet meditation to remember and to pray for departed loved ones. An arched entryway leads to a vaulted rotunda with a replica of Michaelangelo’s Pieta at its center. Skylights offer soft, natural light. Chapels dedicated to Saints Benedict and Scholastica provide a place for the rite of committal and daily prayer. The chapel corridors pay honor to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the angels.
Father Vincent de Paul Crosby, O.S.B., designed and supervised creation of the artwork in the Mausoleum Chapel, including the stained glass window behind the altar, which depicts the Risen Christ ascending in glory; the tables and benches in the wing corridors; the altar itself, made from marble that was in the Archabbey Basilica; and the processional cross. The marble was imported from Italy.
The mausoleum chapel also contains a Memorial Cross made from metal of the World Trade Center, destroyed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, and donated by Mrs. Mary Lou Curry. The stations of the cross were originally used in a German parish in Covington, Kentucky staffed by Saint Vincent monks and later brought to Saint Vincent.
The Mausoleum houses 1,582 full body crypts and 904 cremation niches. The Mausoleum offers both single and companion crypts.
The cemetery offices are now located in the Mausoleum Chapel.