Old Milford Novitiate (Jesuit Cemetery)
Cleveland Avenue, Presently: Sem Villa Retirement Community
Milford, OH 45150 USA
Directions: From Batavia area - Interstate 275N to St. Rt. 50. Take (Hillsboro) St. Rt. 50 exit. Turn left onto St. Rt. 50. Continue until you reach St. Rt. 131-St. Rt. 50 intersection. St. Rt. 50 changes to Lila Avenue. At next intersection (Cemetery Road, turn left) You will pass the Greenlawn Cemetery on left. Cemetery Road will curve to the right and change into Garfield Avenue. Stay on Garfield. At Gatch Avenue (stop sign) turn left. Gatch Avenue will run into Cleveland Avenue. Turn left on Cleveland. Get ready to turn right into Sem Haven Retirement parking lot. Drive as far back into the parking lot away from patron parking. You will see the white cemetery stones. Good parking and safe terrain. You may want to leave that parking lot and turn right back on to Cleveland. Take a few rights at various drives to see the rest of the community where you will see the beautiful old Milford Novitiate that is now Sem Villa Retirement Community or just take a walk on the paths.
Pictures and inscriptions taken by Pamela Smith, CCGS member and Vicky Kellum, volunteer, in summer of 2007. I decided to photograph this cemetery after being close by one day – realizing these burials are someone’s brother or son. If it helps one member, than my deed was worthwhile. I enjoyed being there as it was such a sacred holy place to spend the afternoon with all the men who dedicated their life to God. I am not familiar with Latin, but you can figure out the terms pretty easily. If their name is listed as Josephus then their given name was probably Joseph, Fridericus = Frederick, etc. Ingress = Entered.
Old Milford Novitiate Cemetery Photo