About Calvary Cemetery
Here for you in your time of need.
Serving our Catholic parishioners & Acadiana since 1940.
Calvary Cemetery has over 70 years of experience aiding families during difficult times. We invite you to visit our grounds to witness our beautifully kept, peaceful resting place.
Calvary Cemetery Grounds
Where to find us
The History of Calvary Cemetery
Father (later Monsignor) William Teurlings founded Calvary Cemetery in 1939. Approximately 29 acres situated on the Coteau Ridge (some 42’ above sea level) were purchased for $5,000.
Cemetery sections 1, 2, 3, and 4 constitute the focal point of the cemetery. Headstones in this area reflect much of Lafayette’s history. Trustees Pete Delahoussaye and Lionel Jeanmard participated in the construction of the cemetery and planted pine trees in Sections 1-4. Foundations began with roadways made in a cross pattern, plots were sold in each section, and a center mound was built complete with a crucifix. Father Teurlings rests in peace here at the foot of the mound, facing the crucifix.
The Mausoleum of the Resurrection
Calvary Cemetery – Always Growing
In 1963, the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette directed construction of the first mausoleum, known as, “The Mausoleum of the Resurrection,” which includes a substantial chapel. Between 1978 – 1979 the Diocese allowed additions of two wings, greatly increasing the size. Because the Mausoleum is full, current crypt burials are held in the Garden Mausoleums within sections of Teurlings A, B, C, and D. Cremation niches are available in a section of Teurlings C and D.
Recent Expansions to the Cemetery
Calvary later established the Our Lady of Acadiana Section (OLA) in front of the Resurrection Mausoleum for underground burials. Headstones are ground-level only, aiding in maintenance of this area.
Over time, sections Charlene (above ground, 5’ x 10’), Trinity (above ground, granite construction only), St. Catherine (above ground, granite only, sidewalks with lighting), and St. Joseph (5’ by 10’) were added. Restrictions apply to all these sections, while additional sections are reserved for future use. Our Msgr. W. J. Teurlings Mausoleum is complete, with 101 crypts and cremation niches available, ready to suit your needs.
Working to make Calvary Cemetery a better place.
Administration is composed of Cemetery Director, Patrick R. Spears, and bookkeeper Gina Breaux.