Friday, January 20, 2012

Interfaith Sanctuary in Albany

Today while Sr. Sean Peters toured me through the College of St. Rose, she noted that the college has been deeply involved in interfaith efforts in Albany for over 25 years.  We stopped into the Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary which provides a place of respite, a place to meditate, a place to pray, and a place to celebrate.  This center has become a major hub for interfaith activity in the area. Named after the current bishop, Henry Hubbard, the Sanctuary uses the natural symbols of light, water, and earth, symbols that are universal in nearly every religion.
Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary
The soothing serenity garden contains flowing water, abundant plants, and natural light to the mind at ease and inspires faith.
Sr. Sean Peters in the Sanctuary garden
Prayer rooms in the Sanctuary are dedicated to the needs of various faith traditions.
The Wisdom and Holy books of most world religions in the prayer room
Fr. Chris DeGiovine, Dean of Spiritual Life says, “This Sanctuary puts into bricks and mortar what we have said throughout our history- that spiritual development is an essential part of our educational mission.”
This college is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Albany Province.  It’s inspiring to know that the college lives out the mission with this interfaith vision playing a vibrant role.

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