History

St. Augustine is the birthplace of Christianity in the United, as missionaries brought the Good News to the shores of the New World.

 

The cemeteries of the Diocese, consequently, have a rich history. Prior to San Lorenzo’s opening,major Catholic cemeteries included La Soledad Cemetery, the Tolomato Cemetery,and even the Mission of Nombre de Dios. Due to a lack of space and poor placement at the other sites, Bishop Moore and the Diocese purchased the site of San Lorenzo Cemetery in 1889.

 

San Lorenzo has served as the main Diocesan cemetery. Bishops John Moore, William Kenny, Patrick Barry and Archbishop Joseph Hurley are interred in the Bishops’ Mausoleum at the heart of the historic section. Other notable groups at San Lorenzo include the diocesan priests, the Sisters of St. Joseph who have served in Florida since 1866, Minorcan descendants (from 1777), Greek Orthodox families, and freed slaves.

 

In 1914,the diocese opened St. Mary Cemetery in Korona, serving the Polish Catholics of Flagler and Volusia Counties. St. Mary Cemetery is open today and operated by the diocese.