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Director of Cemetery Maintenance

Diocese of Bridgeport

Director, Catholic Cemeteries

Diocese of Bridgeport


Catholic Cemeteries

Diocese of Bridgeport's Cemetery Office

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On this page you will see for yourself pictures of Saint Augustine Cemetery today, and a commentary by Ray Capo ( below) describes both the care given to this venerable cemetery and also the challenges we face in doing so.

Ray Capo, director of Catholic cemeteries, submitted the following letter to the editor to clarify the situation and express the truth.
Ray Capo
Director of Catholic Cemeteries, Diocese of Bridgeport

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Raymond Capo, director of cemetery maintenance for the Diocese of Bridgeport, is in charge of overseeing both St. Augustine's Cemetery and the 100-acre St. Michael's Cemetery in Stratford.

St. Augustine's Cemetery used to be managed by its namesake parish.But at some point, Capo says, it came under the Diocese's care.
"The Diocese mows the cemetery.That is all that we are responsible for there," Capo says."The headstones are the property of the families who bought them, not the cemetery."
Capo did not have an answer as to who might be responsible if the dearly departed don't have any descendents to look after their graves.He believes that some of the oldest gravestones that have toppled and which now lie several inches below the ground were either not properly installed or were erected without the benefit of a foundation deep enough to support them.
Groundskeeping for St. Augustine's Cemetery is paid for through the Diocese's Perpetual Care Fund, a portion, usually 10 percent of the sale of a gravesite is deposited in an interest-bearing account that pays for trimming the grass.Exactly how much money the Diocese has for Perpetual Care at St. Augustine's Cemetery is unknown, Capo says getting a figure "would involve some research" and he was unsure how much time it would take him or when he might have those figures available.
In 1993, the Diocese spent $2,700 replacing a chain link fence at the cemetery.But that fence isn't keeping anybody out these days.
"We fix things like the fence and people come along and tear holes in it," Capo says.

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Ray Capo, director of the Diocese of Bridgeport's Cemetery Office, repeatedly maintained that a plot plan no longer exists because it was "burned in a fire at the parish" a long time ago.

The previous week, Capo, who oversees the Diocese cemeteries, said he wanted "families to understand" that the Diocese "will take care of our cemetery.We are going to clean and uncover the grave markers.We will set up a schedule and stick to it."
In a letter Capo sent Moran, which he says was at the behest of the bishop, Capo appears to be backing off from that pledge.After dismissing the idea of raising the headstones because they might be damaged, Capo informed Moran that it was "important to understand the likely damage that would occur if the headstones were to be moved or further exposed to the elements."

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"We're excited about the administration office, which will serve Gate of Heaven Cemetery and Saint Monica Mausoleum," says Ray Capo, director of cemeteries for the Diocese of Bridgeport.

Greenwich Time - Parents fight to honor son killed on 9/11 [cached]

Ray Capo, director of cemeteries for the Diocese of Bridgeport, said the diocese has made a good-faith effort to accommodate the family by offering them alternatives.

"I'm not in this business without caring about people," Capo said.

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