“I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live" (John 11:25).

As Catholics, we believe death is not the end but merely the beginning of something much greater. As the words of the preface of the Mass of Christian Burial tell us: "For those who have been faithful, O Lord, life is not ended but merely changed."

That belief in the promise of the resurrection is celebrated at Maine Catholic Cemeteries. Catholic cemeteries are sacred places where the deceased are honored, respected, and prayed for each day. Being buried in a Catholic cemetery unites you to your Catholic family even after death.

Seminars on planning your Catholic funeral

Free “Planning Your Catholic Funeral” seminars, offered by Maine Catholic Cemeteries, will be presented in Sanford, Falmouth, and Portland in the coming weeks. The seminars provide information about planning a Catholic funeral, details on Catholic cemeteries in Maine, Church teaching on cremation, and the many benefits of pre-planning. The sessions will take place in Falmouth, Sanford, and Portland.  Details: "Planning Your Catholic Funeral" Seminars Set for Falmouth, Sanford, and Portland

Our Cemeteries

Within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, there are 83 Catholic cemeteries, including seven diocesan-operated cemeteries: Calvary Cemetery in South Portland, Holy Cross Cemetery in Yarmouth, Notre Dame Cemetery in Springvale, St. Ignatius Cemetery in Sanford, St. Joseph and St. Mary cemeteries in Biddeford, and St. Peter Cemetery in Lewiston.

The diocese also manages four parish cemeteries: Mount Hope Cemetery in Lewiston, St. Anne Cemetery in Lisbon, and Mount Calvary and Ss. Cyril & Methodius cemeteries in Lisbon Falls. 

Each of our diocesan-owned and managed cemeteries has family advisors ready to assist you, whether you have recently lost a loved one or if you would like to make advance arrangements

Cemetery Resources

In this section, you will find information about pre-planning and the importance of making your end-of-life choices known.

You can learn about Catholic funeral rites and burial traditions and what the Church teaches about cremation.

You can explore a list of all of the Catholic cemeteries within our diocese, detailing their acreage and the average number of annual burials and use our genealogy section to find the gravesite of a loved one.