Saint Gertrude Cemetery & Chapel Mausoleum
Saint Gertrude Cemetery & Mausoleum
53 Inman Avenue
Colonia, NJ 07067
Cemetery Office: (888) 444-2791 – (732) 388-0311
Mausoleum Office: (888) 444-2791 -(732) 388-8990
Shortly after the stock market crash of 1929, in the midst of a growing Catholic population in the greater Newark area, between World Wars I and II, Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Joseph Walsh was focused on completing Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark.
Some might consider it curious that, at the same time, he was attending to future Catholic cemetery needs with the opening of St. Gertrude Catholic Cemetery in Colonia, NJ. The year was 1933, and the parcel is now 136+ acres, and St. Gertrude has been entrusted with the mortal remains of more than 75,000 Catholics and members of their families who await the sound of the final trumpet when the Lord Jesus presents the realized and accomplished Kingdom to His Father.
Some wonder why the 13th century Benedictine nun Gertrude was chosen to identify the cemetery. Known as Gertrude the Great, short in years, long in accomplishments, Bishop Walsh may have felt that St. Gertrude was a woman for those times. She was a scholar, a linguist, and a mystic. She balanced a call to holiness with a call to live in and build the community of God’s people. She was admired for her extreme piety while caring for the poor.
Today, as we enter the gates of St. Gertrude Catholic Cemetery, we have her as a model to emulate, to find within us her strong faith, her commitment to grow in that faith, her ability to translate the hard realities of her day, poverty, sickness, death, into the promise of eternal life. When you join us to pray for the beloved you have entrusted to our care, we invite you to linger and ponder the life, the message, the example of St. Gertrude as you leave this place of quiet holiness.