Our annual Anatomical Gift Program Memorial Service will take place on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 2pm. Historic St. Agnes Cemetery donates grave space and interment services for Catholics who have donated their bodies to the Anatomical Gift Program at the Albany Medical College and wish to be interred at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery. Family and friends of individuals who chose to donate and are being interred are invited to join our staff and the medical students of this program for a very poignant memorial service at the St. Agnes Cemetery Mausoleum in Menands, NY. In 1983 Albany Diocesan Cemeteries partnered with Albany Medical Center to offer grave space in appreciation and respect for the sacrifice that these individuals and their families have made for medical science. Since then, 521 Anatomical Gift interments have been completed at St. Agnes. When studies by medical students are completed, the body is cremated and placed in an urn. After the memorial service, each urn is buried in an individual grave. The grave has enough space to permit the burial of a second urn, of a spouse or close relative. The grave may be marked with a bronze memorial and flower vase. Bronze memorials may be purchased at the cemetery. We encourage family, friends, medical students and others who wish to pay their respects to join us to honor those who have made this sacrifice. Catholic cemeteries are sacred not only because of a blessing or consecration, but also by the sacred functions performed on behalf of the entire Christian community: holding the bodies, once temples of the Holy Spirit, until the Lord comes again in glory. Albany Diocesan Cemeteries is honored to donate services and grave space in recognition of the generous gift that these donors and their families provide.