St. Anthony Garden of Eternity

from Fall 2021 Edition

The Friars are excited to announce a spectacular new project, which broke ground this summer – The St. Anthony Garden of Eternity.

Located on the grounds of the Shrine of St. Anthony in Ellicott City, Maryland, this stunning and inspirational project was funded by a generous gift from Mrs. Kathleen Cavanaugh, as a lasting tribute to St. Anthony from her and her late husband William.

The garden and it’s surrounding path have been designed to replicate the journey of life and the soul’s journey to God. The path includes 13 reflection stops, each representing thematic milestones on life’s journey. By the time a visitor has made his or her way through the path and entered into the garden, he or she will have a fuller understanding of his or her relationship with God and God’s creation.

The 13 reflection spots, based on themes and principles from the life of St. Anthony, are Journey, Faith, Hope, Love, Prayer, Mercy, Creation, Humility, Suffering, Silence, Peace, Joy and Eternity.

“We are extremely grateful to Mrs. Cavanaugh for this generous gift, which will make an amazing addition to our grounds here at the Shrine of St. Anthony,” said Joseph Hamilton, the Director of Mission Advancement for the Companions of St. Anthony. “Many Catholics feel a deep personal bond with St. Anthony and that bond will become even more palpable in this garden.”

Mrs. Cavanaugh, who is 97, originally planned for her gift to be bequested in her will, but she was so moved when she saw the architectural renderings for the project that she decided to move forward now so that others can be inspired by it as soon as possible.

The project is slated to be completed in the Fall of 2021. †

The St. Anthony Garden of Eternity (depicted upper left) will be located just a short walk from The Shrine of St. Anthony (lower right).

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