October 29, 2010
A blessing and dedication ceremony was held on October 29 for Mercy Hospital’s new Meditation Garden and Legacy Walkway.
Located within the interior courtyard of the Mercy Emergency Center, the garden’s main feature is the refurbished statue of Our Lady of Mercy, which was gifted to the Sisters of Mercy, founders of Mercy Hospital, by Father Nelson Baker for the hospital’s Silver Jubilee in 1929.
For close to 80 years, the statue graced the entrance to Mercy Hospital while situated in a cove on the original hospital and later moved to the front of the hospital’s Ford addition. With the completion of the Meditation Garden, Our Lady of Mercy now occupies a place of honor in this new oasis of natural beauty that visitors can go for a moment of quiet reflection.
Several Mercy Hospital associates and Sisters of Mercy participated in the ceremony. Following the blessing, a special Mass was held in the hospital’s chapel.
The Mercy Hospital Foundation’s Legacy Walkway within the Garden offers donors the opportunity to make honorary or memorial gifts. Path stones, benches and pedestal markers along the Walkway are engraved with the donors’ messages.
The Meditation Garden was partially funded through the Legacy Walkway donors and the Mercy Hospital Foundation.
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens donated planting services and guidance.
Ran Lydell, plantsman and owner of Cook’s Nursery in Dunkirk, NY, donated the garden design.
The Pike Company, which managed the Emergency Center construction project, donated the statue’s restoration.
Ongoing donor dedication ceremonies will be held as the Legacy Walkway continues to grow through the coming years.
For donor opportunities, contact Jennifer Merlette, director of Development, at (716) 828-2120.