Local Cemetery Gets Historical Marker

By: Toni Harrison
By: Toni Harrison

Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Bryan which dates back to 1873 is now a historical site. A Texas Historical Marker was dedicated at the cemetery Saturday.

Local resident Regina Opersteny says the cemetery has special meaning.

"I have great grandparents here and grandparents and just a lot of family and I have two lots here," said Regina Opersteny, local resident.

Opersteny volunteered to research the history of the cemetery for the historical commission. She is a member of the cemetery board and when the opportunity came to research it's past, she couldn't resist. She says the records were kept in tact over the years, so her job wasn't very hard.

"I took the records and blew the dust off and updated them, that was it," said Opersteny.

Bishop Gregory Aymond of the Diocese of Austin came to Bryan for the dedication. He says many families, like Opersteny's, have generations buried in the cemetery.

"This is a symbol of in many ways a family tree for generations and generations of people," said Bishop Gregory Aymond, Diocese of Austin.

Bishop Aymond says he thinks it's important to reflect on the past, dedicating the historical marker gave many residents that opportunity.

"We look to the past today in a very special way to thank God for our beloved deceased who have gone before us in faith," said Aymond.

That's one reason why the cemetery was granted a historical marker, to let everyone know a little history behind Bryan's Catholic residents.


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