St Francis Xavier & St Clare

Catholic Parish of Greater Box Hill | In the Franciscan tradition


St Clare Columbarium

A Columbarium is a wall of niches to hold the ashes of our loved ones. It is for families of our parish who wish their loved ones or themselves to be remembered and their ashes interred, close to the place where they worshipped.

The Columbarium is a sacred place on the Parish property for the interment of the ashes of parishioners and their immediate family. It is intended especially for those who love and have an affinity with the Parish, which they wish to continue after death.

The management of the Columbarium is entrusted to the Arimathea Committee, who after the example of St Joseph of Arimathea prayerfully make provision for needs of the bereaved.

Contact the Parish Office for a schedule of current fees and charges for the interment of Ashes and placement of memorial plaques.

The Clare, Francis & Kelly Columbarium and Memorial Wall

There are three memorial walls, each with 40 niches on both sides of the wall. They are named after St Clare, Pope Francis and Fr Leo Kelly.

There is also a Memorial Wall on the east wall of the Church for the mounting of remembrance plaques without the cremains of the person remembered. Plaques may also be placed in memory of former parishioners and loved ones whose remains are buried or interred elsewhere.

Interment and Memorial Prayer Service

A Prayer Service at the time of interment is included in the package.

Following the cremation, the family will be contacted by the Crematorium or the funeral director for the ashes of their loved one to be collected.

The family will contact the Parish Office to arrange a date and time for the Service of Interment by the Parish Priest.

Plaque Specifications

The plaques for the Columbarium and Memorial Wall will be of standard design and size. The words and symbols (motifs) are to be discussed at the time of ordering, but shall be in accordance with the guidelines of the Parish. The cost of the plaque will be determined by the designs agreed to by the Parish and applicant.


For more information on the availability and reservation of niches and plaques, contact the Parish Office – ph: 9401 6371 or email: