Mt. Olivet Cemetery’s office is temporarily closed to the public with the exception of scheduled funeral services and immediate-need families. Our mausoleums and the Chapel on Delaware Avenue are open. Please wear a face mask and practice social distancing when entering our mausoleums.
You can reach our staff between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday and 9:00 am to 12:00 noon on Saturdays. Please call in advance to schedule an appointment for immediate-need only at 873-6500 or if you have any questions or concerns.
Staff is available to accept payments by mail or over the phone.
This temporary change in schedule is due to the coronavirus pandemic. We look forward to returning to our regular hours as soon as possible.
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Mount Olivet Cemetery began with the purchase of 50 acres of land on Delaware Avenue by Father Francis F. Kelly of Ascension Parish, North Tonawanda, in 1908. It was intended to serve the people of the northern suburbs. By 1923, Father Kelly had purchased an additional 62 acres.
Bishop Charles H. Colton consecrated the cemetery on Oct. 11, 1908. The first mausoleum project of Catholic Cemeteries took place at Mount Olivet. Holy Family Mausoleum, dedicated by Bishop Edward D. Head in September 1979, graces the central mall of this cemetery.
There are over 50,000 burials in the cemetery. There are still 12 acres of undeveloped land for future cemetery use. Bishop William Turner is buried here near the old chapel as are many priests of the diocese. There is also a monument honoring Bishop John A. Duffy, seventh bishop of Buffalo (1937-1944).
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Mount Olivet serves as the administrative office for the Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo.