Diocese breaks ground on new mausoleum in Niskayuna

Rick Touchette, Executive Director of Albany Diocesan Cemeteries, left, and Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger, right, look at a model following a groundbreaking ceremony for a new mausoleum at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna on Thursday, June 18, 2015. When completed in the summer of 2016, the Mary Immaculate Mausoleum will contain 992 crypts and 704 niches for cremated remains. (Patrick Dodson/Gazette Photographer)Rick Touchette, Executive Director of Albany Diocesan Cemeteries, left, and Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger, right, look at a model following a groundbreaking ceremony for a new mausoleum at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna on Thursday, June 18, 2015. When completed in the summer of 2016, the Mary Immaculate Mausoleum will contain 992 crypts and 704 niches for cremated remains. (Patrick Dodson/Gazette Photographer)

NISKAYUNA — The Albany Roman Catholic Diocese broke ground on a new mausoleum at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery last Thursday.

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger presided over the ceremony, which made way for the fourth mausoleum on the premises. The building should be complete in fall 2016.

Rick Touchette, executive director at Albany Diocesan Cemeteries, said the new building is needed because the cemetery is running out of crypt spaces.

“Some families continue to prefer entombment over ground burial, so we’re trying to fulfill that need,” Touchette said. “There’s demand for this.”

The new mausoleum will have 992 crypt spaces and 704 niche spaces, which are used to store ashes after cremation.

Cultural preferences, family traditions, cost considerations and the lack of necessary upkeep all contribute to the popularity of mausoleum burial, Touchette said.

This story originally appeared at dailygazette.com.