All Saints Catholic Cemetery is the final resting place for over 1,600 persons. It is located at the corner of Elm Avenue and Portsmouth Boulevard, and the entrance gate is located on Elm Avenue.
In 1880, Father Thomas J. Brady, pastor of St. Paul's, purchased eight acres of land to establish a Catholic cemetery in Portsmouth. The cemetery was consecrated on June 29, 1884 by Bishop Keane. In 1976, the name of the cemetery was changed to Portsmouth Catholic Cemetery, and its management transferred to a board composed of members from the local parishes. The cemetery is now named All Saints Catholic Cemetery. A number of beautification projects are now being planned to enhance this historic property and there is sufficient room for future expansion.
Among those buried here are clergy and religious who have served in local Catholic churches and institutions. It is a sacred place, an important part of Catholic history in this area, and another very visible sign of the Catholic presence here. Let us always remember in prayer all the faithful departed who have gone before us and are at rest from their labors.
Burial lots are still available. Additionally, All Saints Catholic Cemetery now has several opportunities available for you to memorialize your deceased relatives and friends in a lasting way. The deceased persons may be buried at All Saints or in another cemetery locally or out-of-town. A new area called The Madonna and Christ Child Courtyard has been established at the cemetery. The following memorials are currently available: brick pavers inscribed with the name(s) of your loved one(s), crepe myrtle trees with inscribed granite markers at the base, and polished granite benches with name(s) inscribed. Your support of All Saints Catholic Cemetery is much appreciated.
All Saints Catholic Cemetery is under the management of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond through the Office of Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services of Richmond. For further information, please contact Christina Gettys at 757-627-2874 or [email protected].