THE HOLY CROSS TRUST FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
The cost of full restoration to this
important historical and ancestral site has
been estimated as $800,000.
Fund raising to support this important work
will involve submissions to all levels of
government, including departments and
organizations involved in the restoration and
upkeep of historically significant sites.
The Holy Cross Cemetery Trust was
established to raise funds to refurbish and To be fully successful, the Trust must also
restore this important historical site. receive support from those who care
Holy Cross Cemetery – located at South and about Irish history in Halifax and those
South Park Streets is the oldest Catholic KEY TRUST INITIATIVES who have family members or ancestors
Cemetery in Halifax. The site of the “Church buried at Holy Cross Cemetery.
built in a day;” it is the final resting place for Made up of members of the Charitable Irish
many of the Halifax Irish community who Society of Halifax and An Cumann, the Trust
made significant contributions to the life of will work with the Catholic Cemeteries
this city, the province of Nova Scotia and Commission to:
Repair and restore all gravestones to an
Given its importance to many generations of upright and stable position;
Irish families, the Charitable Irish Society of Terrace and landscape the hilled section
Halifax, with the support of Saint Mary’s at the back of the Cemetery to correct
University initiated the research and recording tilting and toppling gravestones;
of names and inscriptions on all gravestones Landscape and make ground repairs;
within the Cemetery. This information will be Increase security with improved fencing
made available on an interactive CD which and lighting;
will serve as a record of Irish history in Halifax Repair the main gate and upgrade
and support the genealogical research of Irish signage; WHY MAKE A GIFT PLEDGE IN SUPPORT
families buried at Holy Cross.
Make exterior repairs to the Chapel; THE TRUST?
Complete the electronic cataloguing of all You need only walk the grounds of Holy
In the course of this work, it was discovered
those buried at Holy Cross Cemetery and Cross to see the extent of the restoration that
that that Holy Cross is in a significant state of
establish a visitor information facility is needed. Your gift will help restore this
disrepair with many tombstones fallen or
where information would be available for significant historical treasure and honor the
broken as a result of years of neglect,
genealogical and historical research. memory of the founding citizens of Halifax.
weathering and vandalism.
DID YOU KNOW? GIFT OPTIONS THE HOLY CROSS CEMETERY TRUST
Since its opening in 1843, an There are a number of different ways to give PLEDGE FORM
estimated 25,000 souls have been to the Holy Cross Cemetery Trust. Income tax
buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, many receipts will be provided with all options. _____ I have indicated my chosen gift
of whom were of Irish descent. This category and would like to discuss how I can
includes historical figures whose Please indicate the type of gift you wish to make that gift.
contributions to Halifax are make by checking the appropriate box
memorialized as street names such below AND COMPLETEING THE _____ I have enclosed my unrestricted gift.
as Tobin, Swain, Kline and Doyle. ATTACHED PLEDGE FORM.
_____I would like to share information
The “Church Built in a Day” - Our Unrestricted Gift: regarding family or ancestors buried at
Lady of Sorrows Chapel in Holy This permits the Trust the flexibility to Holy Cross Cemetery. I understand the
Cross is a registered historic site. determine where the gift will make the information I share will eventually be included
On August 31, 1843, 1800 workers most difference in completing the many in a future publication of genealogical
marched from St. Mary’s Basilica and projects associated with the complete information.
under the direction of Archbishop restoration and preservation of Holy
Walsh built the structure in a single Cross Cemetery. Please complete and send the attached
day. Pledge Form and send to
Designated Gift: T HE HOLY CROSS CEMETERY TRUST
A donation given for a specific project P.O. BOX 31142
Holy Cross Cemetery is also
within the cemetery for which you wish to HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA
designated as the national historic
have your name associated. (see the Key B3K 5Y1
burial site for Sir John Sparrow
David Thompson, former Alderman, Trust Initiatives section).
MLA, provincial Attorney General, Planned Giving for the Future Name: _____________________________
Premier of Nova Scotia, Justice of the You may wish to discuss the options of
Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, a either providing a gift which is spaced
founder of Dalhousie University Law over a number of years, or a deferred ___________________________________
School, the federal Minister of Justice future gift to the Trust which you would
who introduced the first Criminal leave as a legacy in your name and in the Postal Code: _______________________
Code and the first Catholic Prime name of family or ancestors buried at
Minister of Canada (1892-1894). Holy Cross.
Gifts-In-Kind: Family Members:____________________
Holy Cross Cemetery is also the final Provide a gift of equipment, materials,
services or securities. Tax receipts will be ___________________________________
resting place for many decorated
Halifax war heroes who bravely based on the fair market value of the gift.
fought in various military campaigns
and world wars since the mid- 1850’s, Volunteer Support:
including one Halifax native who was Volunteer your time in support of the Ancestors:
awarded the U.S. Medal of Honor. many projects to restore Holy Cross ____________________________________
Cemetery to a respectable condition. ____________________________________