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Christian Action Team (C.A.T.)

Saint Joseph of Arimathea Pallbearer Ministry

The Saint Joseph of Arimathea Pallbearer Ministry: provides comfort, prayers and pallbearer services to the needy.

Meets: Varies

Where: Varies

Moderators: Dan Baron (Co-Moderator), Pat Valletta '05 (C.A.T. Co-Moderator)

Corporal Works of Mercy: Bury the Dead

Sign Up: Sign-ups and orientation for all interested juniors and seniors will take place at the start of the school year AND early in spring semester. Stay tuned for announcements.

Pallbearer HistoryAbout

The Arimathea Ministry was founded in the spirit of Saint Joseph of Arimathea, who assisted with the burial of Jesus. It is our belief that no person should die without being prayed for or mourned.

Hundreds of Saint Ignatius juniors and seniors have served at more than 1,600 funerals. Today, at 500+ members, more than a third of the student body is involved in the ministry. Student pallbearers pledge to serve with respect and dignity. Students learn to offer sympathy and support to others and offer hope in the face of death. Funeral directors from dozens of area funeral homes seek these services. The Ministry continues to operate on weekends and during school and summer vacations.

In addition to serving as pallbearers, the Ministry gathers twice each year for prayer services at Potter's Field, the burial ground for Cleveland’s indigent people.

Adult Companions Needed

Adults in the Saint Ignatius community are invited to serve as drivers who chaperone students to funerals as part of the Saint Joseph of Arimathea Pallbearer Ministry. These companions accompany students to every funeral and serve as liaisons between the funeral director, the grieving family and the students.  Each adult companion is asked to become a certified van driver, to serve one funeral per month, and is invited to Arimathea events rooted in presence and prayer. The commitment is approximately 3 hours per month. If you are interested in becoming an adult companion, please contact Mr. Daniel Baron at