Sacred Garden Project
Funds raised at the 2019 Good Cup of Tea events will contribute to The Sacred Garden Project, the creation of a place of peace and tranquillity for all pilgrims. This encompasses a Remembering Space to reflect and renew, an upgrade of the fountain and rill, the addition of a bronze globe - a symbol of the worldwide Mercy family, and an invitation 'to care for our common home'.
The Memory wall has been renewed, displaying beautiful ceramic plaques with the art of Sr Clare Augustine Moore. An interactive Learning Area for groups to gather separates the garden into two distinct spaces.
To complement all of this, there are trees and plantings, benches and lighting to foster an atmosphere of contemplation, rejuvenation and awareness.
Our vision is to create a reflective atmosphere in the Sacred Garden around Catherine’s burial site, including the paving throughout the entire Sacred Garden, displaying the names of those first fifty sisters buried in the garden, seating for reflection and rest, and complementary planting.
The Memory Wall has undergone structural work and renewal; all previous plaques have been restored and ceramic plaques of the artwork of Sr Clare Augustine Moore have been incorporated.
Fountain and rill
A new globe structure has been designed to begin the rill. The rill and pool have been brought up to garden level The pool area will be in the new Learning Space.
A lift has been installed to provide access. The ground area has lbeen lowered and an ampitheatre style seating area has been
created, along with new steps. There are planters to soften and encourage a lovely welcome to the space.
Trees, benches and lights
Plants, lighting and benches to rest and contemplate will bring joy to the visitors of the Sacred Garden.