Tree of Life Prayer Garden Dedicated

The RENEW International Tree of Life Prayer Garden was dedicated on June 20 during a Mass celebrated in honor of those memorialized in the garden. The dedication, originally scheduled for All Saints Day, was delayed until damage from Superstorm Sandy was repaired.

A Mass of Dedication was celebrated in the garden by Fr. Abraham Orapankal, followed by blessing of the grounds and walkway by RENEW’s co-founder, Msgr. Thomas A. Kleissler, and president and executive director Sr. Terry Rickard, OP.

Prayer Garden Mass
Mass was celebrated in the Tree of Life Prayer Garden at
RENEW International’s headquarters in Plainfield, NJ, on June 20.

The dedication was attended by more than 50 guests, many of whom have donated pavers in the garden to honor friends and relatives. Several of our long-time friends and supporters traveled from other states to share in this special event. The Tree of Life Prayer Garden continues to grow lovelier each day as new plantings mature and more pavers are added. Plans include a mural for the garden walls, shade trees, and additional benches.

Prayer Garden Mass
Prayer Garden Mass
Msgr. Thomas A. Kleissler, president emeritus,
blesses the water for the dedication
of the Tree of Life Prayer Garden.
RENEW International’s President
Sr. Terry Rickard, OP,poses with Sr. Alice Yohe, SSJ,
near a stone inscribed in her honor.

If you would like to make a donation to the garden or dedicate a paver in honor of the living or in memory of the deceased, please contact Dorothy Ott at dorothyo@renewintl.org.
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