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Christian Action Team (C.A.T.)

Saint Joseph of Arimathea Pallbearer Ministry

The Saint Joseph of Arimathea Pallbearer Ministry was established in 2002 to:

  • Practice the Works of Mercy by offering pallbearer services free of charge to those in need, especially the poor and the elderly.
  • Affirm the value and dignity of human life.
  • Represent the community at a person’s final commendation.
  • Commemorate and pray for the dead.

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.

More than 400 Saint Ignatius juniors and seniors have served at more than 1,200 funerals. 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 twenty 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.

For more information, contact Mr. James Skerl '74 at, or Mr. Daniel Baron at

Adult companions needed

Adults in the Saint Ignatius community are invited to fulfill the growing need to replenish the number of adult drivers who chaperone students to funerals as part of the Saint Joseph of Arimathea Pallbearer Ministry.   The adult 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


Saint Joseph of Arimathea Pallbearer Ministry Holy Thursday Prayer Service 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

You are invited to live the mission of the Arimathea Ministry more deeply by participating in the annual Holy Thursday prayer service at the Potter’s Field.

Potter's Field is used by the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County to bury people who are indigent, alone, or unwanted.

All are welcome, especially family and friends. Dress for the weather. Vans will bring students from Saint Ignatius to Potter's Field. If interested in a ride, please email Mr. Joe Mulholland '08 at Vans will leave the St. Mary's  Chapel lot by 9:20 a.m.

All Souls Prayer Service
Thursday, April 17, 2014
10:00 AM at Potter’s Field

Directions to Potter’s Field from Saint Ignatius High School

  • Take I-77 South to I-480-East (Youngstown). 
  • Follow I-480-East to the Local Lanes (not the Express Lanes) of I-271 North and join I-271. 
  • Exit I-271 at Harvard Road; at the exit light, turn left.
  • Proceed west 1.5 miles to Green Road. 
  • Turn right on Green and the Potter’s Field is 300 yards (north of Harvard) on your left.  
  • Just as the graves on site, the entrance to Potter'sField is unmarked.
  • Parking is just north of the entrance to Potter’s Fieldon the west side of Green Road.
  • Trip:  Approximately 28 minutes, 21  miles

Saint Joseph of Arimathea Ministry newsletter archives

Winter 2013-2014

Spring 2013

Fall 2012

Spring 2012

Fall 2011

Spring 2011


Alumni pallbearers invited to serve

Saint Ignatius Alumni Pallbearers are invited to continue to serve over the Christmas and semester breaks. Please click here to fill out a form to indicate your availability.