Measuring a decade of meditation

Photo by James A. McBride
A therapy dog relaxes by the fountain at the Our Lady of Lourdes Wellness Center’s Meditation Garden during a ceremony on Oct. 4 marking its 10th anniversary.

COLLINGSWOOD — Lourdes clinicians, pastoral care staff, patients, donors and Collingswood community leaders joined Lourdes Wellness staff Oct. 4 as they celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Wellness Center’s Meditation Garden.

The garden was dedicated in 2008 as the “Canticle of the Creatures Meditation Garden of Peace, Healing and Wholeness,” and since that time, it has become the home of weddings and memorials, a refuge for the sick, and a place for anyone needing quiet reflection. The space features sitting areas, a fountain and pond.

The garden anniversary coincided during the feast of Saint Francis, who gave thanks to God for all living creatures. As such, pet therapy dogs from Tri-State K-9 Crisis Response Team, a partner of Lourdes Health System whose dogs/handlers provide emotional support to patients at Lourdes campuses each week, attended the celebration.