Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery
Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery has completed the initial approval process required by Seminole County and the State of Florida as part of the Master Plan for future development of the San Pedro Center property. Queen of Peace Cemetery will be the first phase of the senior development planned for a portion of the acreage of San Pedro Center. The planned development will also include age-restricted housing, medical and care facilities so that Central Florida’s growing senior population will be afforded an opportunity to ‘age in place’.
Approximately 50 acres of the 480-acre property known as San Pedro Center has been dedicated by the Diocese of Orlando for use by Catholic Cemeteries of Central Florida, Inc. The cemetery, open to all Catholics, will be located near the existing priests’ cemetery adjacent to Mary, Mother of God Chapel. The initial phase of the cemetery will include five acres for interment together with planned columbaria and mausoleum as phase I develops.
The Board of Catholic Cemeteries of Central Florida, Inc. was established by Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, prior to his appointment to the Archdiocese of Miami, and includes Father Richard Trout, pastor of All Souls Catholic Church; Father Edward Waters, Pastor of St. Timothy Catholic Church; and Fred Haddad, member of the Diocesan Finance Committee, as its initial members. Father Trout serves as Chairman and President.
Catholic Cemeteries of Central Florida, Inc. has engaged Western Sequoia as its Cemetery operation and sales consultant and CPH Engineering as its planning and design firm. Preliminary site plan concepts have been presented to the Board and it is anticipated that the Board will make a recommendation to Bishop John Noonan of a selection of a site plan for subsequent submittal to Seminole County, as the first portion of the San Pedro Master Plan.
Upon approval, the Queen of Peace Cemetery site plan will allow the Board to establish the Queen of Peace Cemetery, Inc. an operating company which will seek state licensure for the cemetery. It is anticipated that site work could begin by the end of 2012 with sales and operations by the summer of 2013.
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Adjacent to the Spiritual Center, the Diocese will create a Catholic cemetery by expanding the existing priests’ cemetery on this consecrated ground assuring Catholics and their families throughout the region that their spiritual needs will be served.