This is it! The TCPA has lived through its first year and we are now preparing for our First Annual Meeting and Tolomato Talk. The Meeting and Talk will be held at Bishop Baker Center, 259 Cordova St., St Augustine. This is on the grounds of Cathedral Parish School, and there is free parking.
The meeting will begin at 2:00 pm and will feature a brief recap of our activities in this first year and some exciting plans for the future. There will also be reports from the Treasurer and the Committee Chairs (Preservation, Research and Media).
And then at 3:00 pm, we will have our First Annual Tolomato Talk. We hope to host this talk every year in the future, probably in conjunction with the annual meeting. Every year, we will have a different scholar who will focus on some aspect of Tolomato Cemetery or its times and personalities.
We are excited to have, as our very first speaker, Fr. Timothy Lindenfelser, Director of Diocesan Cemeteries and Pastor of St Ambrose Church in Elkton, FL. He is also a local historian who did considerable research into Tolomato and the Cathedral during his time as associate pastor at the Cathedral a few years ago. His topic will be “Catholic Burial Customs and Tolomato Cemetery.”
This is a fascinating subject and will help you understand Tolomato in the context of other cemeteries in the area, including the one at lovely old St Ambrose Church itself, shown below.