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Holy Sepulchre & Ascension Garden Cemeteries Name Cathy Vail Executive Director

September 21, 2021
Rochester, NY – (September 17, 2021) -- Holy Sepulchre & Ascension Garden Cemeteries proudly names Cathy Vail has the organization’s new Executive Director, effective September 17, 2021.

Cathy Vail has served as the Chief Financial Officer at Holy Sepulchre & Ascension Garden Cemeteries since February 2015 and most recently, as the interim Chief Executive Officer since July 2020. Vail received her Associate of Science degree at Cayuga Community College and her Bachelor of Science degree at Lemoyne College. Vail is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is a Certified Catholic Cemetery Executive (CCCE). She has served on the Board of Trustees for a number of national organizations, including Pathstone, Mary M. Gooley Hemophilia Center and the New York State Association of Cemeteries (NYSAC). Since 2019, Vail has served as the Chair of the CCC Finance Committee. “I am beyond honored by the trust and faith the Board of Trustees has in me by making my interim status permanent,” said Vail. “I am humbled every day to work with such a talented and dedicated work force. I’ve never met a group of people more dedicated to our mission and the families we serve.”

“Cathy jumped right in to oversee operation of Holy Sepulchre and Ascension Gardens when the need was there,” said Father Thomas Mull, a member of the Board of Trustees. “She was competent, hard-working, and open to suggestions and guidance. I feel she will continue to guide and direct the evolution of our ministry and continue to offer the service which has come to be expected of us. I am delighted with her appointment.” Peter J. Spinelli, a member of the Board of Trustees, expressed confidence in the hiring committee’s choice. “During her time with Holy Sepulchre, Cathy has mastered every aspect of cemetery management. She was excellent in guiding the staff through the difficult issues relating to the pandemic and we are confident she will continue to prioritize the families we serve on the sacred ground of our Catholic cemetery.”

About Holy Sepulchre & Ascension Garden Cemeteries:

The mission of the cemetery is to provide a place of traditional Christian burial while respecting the human person, demonstrating the belief in the resurrection of the body, and hope for eternal life. Our goal is to present the Rochester Catholic community a sacred space that will serve as the last home to their friends and family. Holy Sepulchre Cemetery will serve generations to come and continue to offer families options, including a second location in Henrietta, Ascension Garden.

Holy Sepulchre & Ascension Garden Cemeteries’ accommodates traditional in-ground burials, as well as above-ground interments in beautifully designed mausoleums that provide a prayerful environment. The Catholic Cemeteries of Holy Sepulchre and Ascension Garden represent a meaningful legacy of loved ones, a record of their lives and a sanctuary for peace and prayer. For more information, visit


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