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THE LABYRINTH AT MERCY CENTER
Fr. Thomas Hand, SJ, founder of the East-West Meditation program at Mercy Center, built the Mercy labyrinth in 1997 as a place for walking meditation. All the work was done by hand by a small group of volunteers under Fr. Hand's direction. Fr. Hand chose the jagged central stone of serpentine as a reminder of the stone Jacob erected at the site of his dream of Heaven.
After landscaping changes exposed the labyrinth to the campus entry road, Mercy Center volunteer gardner Alice Swiney, who had originally planted the area around the labyrinth, saw an opportunity for renewal. Relying on years of study and experience, Alice selected new foliage to soften the openness. Mindful of Fr. Hand's wishes and the sisters' ideas, she chose purples, mauves and pinks to calm the nerves of visitors. She planted double-petalled cherry trees in threes along the north side because "Hando (Fr. Hand) loved them." They will become like large umbrellas shielding the view from the campus road.
A SACRED SPACE FOR MEDITATIVE WALKING
The Mercy Labyrinth is open during daytime hours for retreat participants and visitors alike. It is a place of quiet, contemplation, and meditation.
Read an article about the Mercy Center labyrinth.