Father Dennis Memorial Prayer Garden

 Father Dennis J. Colamarino Memorial Prayer Garden

remember me as loving you

Fr. Dennis spent 31 years of his life serving the churches of Duquesne, and wanted to be buried in Duquesne where he would be laid to rest among “his people”.  He wanted this place to be a place of peace, a place of prayer. 

In celebration of the first anniversary of Fr. Dennis Colamarino’s death, Christ the Light of the World and St. Joseph Parishes are in the process of bringing Father Dennis’s burial site request to reality.  This fulfillment of a dedicated priest’s wishes is now taking form as a beautiful retreat setting at his grave site in Holy Name Cemetery.

The design for the site includes a granite ledger memorial marking Father Dennis’s grave, a statue of the welcoming Christ which Fr. Dennis himself selected,   and personalized engraved pavers to define the space and create a place of serenity where cherished memories of our loved ones can reside. Several benches will provide a resting place for visitors to spend time in meditation and prayer.

Your purchase of a personalized paver will not only honor Father Dennis, but will create a permanent memorial to the legacy of the honoree named on your engraved paver. 

you are invited to participate

Fr. Dennis’s final resting place will be given new life as a garden, a quiet place, where “his people” can come to remember him, to remember their loved ones, and to be renewed in spirit.

Construction, landscaping and maintenance of the garden will be funded by individuals purchasing customized engraved brick pavers which will line the garden entrance. This is an especially beautiful way to memorialize those whom we have loved and who have passed on before us.

Pavers are available in 8” x 8” and 4” x 4” sizes. They may be engraved with your name or the name of your business, family, friend, or in memory of a loved one, or to honor someone on the occasion of a wedding, anniversary, birthday, graduation, or other life milestone. 


Purchase an 8” x 8” paver with up to 5 lines of engraving and up to 13 characters per line for only


Purchase an 4” x 8” paver with up to 3 lines of engraving and up to 13 characters per line for only



To purchase more than one paver, copy the form or call the parish office for additional forms at (412) 469-0196. Please return this form along with your check made payable to “Father Dennis Memorial Garden,” to Christ the Light of the World, 32 S. 1st Street, Duquesne, PA 15110.

 Fr. Dennis J. Colamarino

Reverend Dennis J. Colamarino

December 26, 1947 - March 28, 2015

For over 31 years Fr. Dennis served the Churches of Duquesne, administering the sacraments, presiding over baptisms, weddings, funerals, and bringing together a community that is filled with joy and love and genuine caring for one another.

Fr. Dennis was ordained to serve the Diocese of Pittsburgh on May 5, 1973.  His first assignments were as Parochial Vicar at St. Titus Parish in Aliquippa from 1973 to 1978 and Our Lady of Lourdes in Burgettstown from 1978 to 1983.


In 1983 Fr. Dennis was assigned as Parochial Vicar to Holy Name Parish in Duquesne, and in 1984 he was named pastor. In 1988 he was additionally assigned as Administrator of St. Hedwig Parish. In 1994 Holy Name and St. Hedwig parishes were joined and Fr. Dennis was appointed Pastor of the newly formed Christ the Light of the World Parish.

In 1999 Fr. Dennis was concurrently assigned Administrator of St. Joseph Parish in Duquesne, and was appointed Pastor in 2003. He continued to serve as Pastor of both Christ the Light of the World and St. Joseph parishes until his death.