Columbaria

St. Andrew’s Columbarium

The Columbarium was installed in mid-2016. A Columbarium is a vault with small shelves or niches for urns containing ashes of the dead. Columbaria is plural for Columbarium. It is a place for the respectful and usually public storage of the deceased.

St. Andrew’s Columbarium is located in the back of the Nave on the west wall.  It is comprised of four columns of eight niches, for the repose of the dead. It was constructed by Eickhof Columbaria of Crookston, Minnesota and is encased in an oak cabinet made by a local cabinet maker. Inurnment of one’s cremated remains is particularly appropriate for members and family of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church who wish their ashes to be held within the central and sacred space of the Church where services are held each week and where most funeral services will be conducted.

Application for St. Andrew_s Columbarium

Gratitude is expressed to Karl Kirk, Joan Van Wormer, Jim Paine and members of the vestries of 2013, 2014, and 2015 for their discernment and decisions around this new ministry. Niche spaces are available for reservation and the cost is $1000, inclusive for one urn. The repose of a second urn in the same niche is available for an additional $200. Information about securing a niche can be obtained from the Rector, Rev. June Hardy Dorsey.

Give rest, O Christ, to your servants with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.

You only are immortal, the creator and maker of mankind; and we are mortal, formed of the earth, and to earth shall we return.

For so did you ordain when you created me, saying,  “You are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

All of us go down to the dust; yet even at the grave we make our song: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Give rest, O Christ, to your servants with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.

(From “The Burial of the Dead”, Book of Common Prayer)