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From The Michigan Catholic
by Elizabeth Wong Barnstead • July 10, 2014

Brownstown Township — Like-minded people of faith were to  gather to lay their unclaimed neighbors to rest after learning of the many deceased who remained unburied for years at the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office.

An ecumenical memorial service was to be held July 9 at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery in Brownstown Township, to honor the unclaimed individuals and begin the process of giving them proper burials. The service was to take place after this issue of The Michigan Catholic went to press.

Maureen Chappell, associate director of cemeteries with Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services — a ministry of the Archdiocese of Detroit — told The Michigan Catholic that having the opportunity to put faith in action by helping out “is a joyous thing.”

“At the AOD cemeteries, it is clear that our mission statement encompasses the corporal work of mercy of burying the dead,” said Chappell, who helped arrange the memorial service. “We are being called upon to embrace our community’s need and are doing so with open hearts.”

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