Cemeteries head on national board
November 15th, 2016
Monica J. Williams, director of cemeteries for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, has been elected to the board of directors of the Catholic Cemetery Conference, an international Roman Catholic faith network of cemetery professionals and suppliers. The election took place at the group’s yearly convention in Orlando, Florida. Williams took her seat Oct. 14. In her post with the archdiocese Williams oversees cemeteries including Holy Cross, Colma and Holy Cross, Menlo Park.
“The conference provides tremendous support and valuable resources to all of us working in cemetery ministry,” Williams told Catholic San Francisco. “I am looking forward to working with the board and representing our Western Region, especially, of course, our home Archdiocese of San Francisco.”
Williams attended San Francisco’s St. Cecilia School and St. Rose Academy. She holds an undergraduate degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She is an active member of San Francisco’s St. Gabriel Parish.
Williams has learned cemetery and funeral service through years of experience that began with summer jobs at Holy Cross, Colma while she was in college. She has also worked for Duggan’s Serra Mortuary, Batesville Casket Company, and a funeral complex in Portland, Oregon.
The Catholic Cemetery Conference helps Catholic cemetery staff enhance their skills in caring for the deceased and comforting their loved ones through ministry, education, networking and service opportunities. Founded in 1949, membership includes representatives from 140 dioceses in 45 states; plus 10 dioceses in Canada and Australia. The conference headquarters is in Illinois.
From November 17, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.