Meditation park receives visit from archbishop

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Knight Eugene Daly from St. John Bosco Parish in Lakewood walks through the Gateway to Heaven at the parish's meditation park. Photo: Courtesy Knights of Columbus Council #11762 Knight Eugene Daly from St. John Bosco Parish in Lakewood walks through the Gateway to Heaven at the parish's meditation park. Photo: Courtesy Knights of Columbus Council #11762

Members of the Knights of Columbus at St. John Bosco Parish in Lakewood recently showed Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain around their parish's memorial garden.

The Knights of Columbus Council #11762 have led the fundraising, work and improvements on the Meditation Park and Gateway to Heaven, which they describe as a "living memorial and garden of peace." Archbishop Sartain came for a tour of the garden on April 23.

Archbishop looks at dedicationGrand Knight Monty Montes and Knight Jim Senko show Archbishop J. Peter Sartain the garden's dedication plaque with information about the late Father Lee Hightower, former pastor of St. John Bosco Parish in Lakewood. The Gateway to Heaven arch in the garden is dedicated to Father Hightower. Photo: Courtesy Knights of Columbus Council #11762

The park was first dedicated in 1997. The newer Gateway to Heaven is dedicated to the late Father Lee Hightower, former pastor of St. John Bosco Parish in Lakewood and a Knights of Columbus chaplain. Father Hightower used to say summer Masses in the grotto at the garden. 

Knight Jim Senko, who played a key role in the garden's development, wrote in a letter that he feels Father Hightower's presence whenever he walks through the iron arch.

"For me, the Meditation Park is a spiritual adventure where I can talk to God, his Son and his Mother Mary for direction and receive love back," he said.

Knights with Archbishop SartainLeft to right: Knights Greg Tolbert and Eugene Daly, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, Knights Russ Cantonwine, Jim Senko, and Grand Knight Monty Montes. Photo: Courtesy Knights of Columbus Council #11762