Pace Prayer Garden

Official Project

The Problem

Monsignor Edward Pace High School is a private Catholic school with over 1,200 students. The student body is richly diverse with Hispanics, African-Americans, Asians, and newly added an ESE Department among others. Although the school is predominantly Catholic, some of the students are of other religious traditions, and for that reason the garden is designed to showcase several different religious traditions such as Christianity, Buddhism and Shintoism. In a practical sense the garden will provide an individual a quiet place to pray, meditate, or read or provide clubs or even some classes with an open air meeting spot.

Plan of Action

The idea for the garden came to us from the several different Japanese gardens that our club has studied but it quickly grew into much more than just a garden. The garden came to symbolize the largest project every attempted by any club in our school and as a way for us to grow in our relationship with God. For us the hardest part of the project is the allocation of funds. Because we are a non-profit organization we must rely on fund raisers such as weekly pizza and bake good sales, in addition to hosting video game arcades monthly and even holding a teacher auction to collect money but it has proved challenging to reach our $4,000 goal. We are also currently working with several area construction companies and home improvement stores to collect donations. Once we have collected roughly half of the necessary funds we'll start to break ground and begin construction in three phases. The first phase will include the Torii, or Japanese ceremonial gate, the gazebo, creating the stone flooring for the wishing well and laying the ground work for the gravel pathways. The second stage will include planting, the completion of the wishing well and the creation of the meditation bridge with connecting sand area in the middle of the garden. The last step will consist of final decorative touches such as the donations plaque and remembrance markers.

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