Student Life

Religious Life - Prayer Labyrinth

Prayer Labyrinth behind Cordier

A prayer labyrinth is located behind Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus. A labyrinth is an ancient tool used for prayer and meditation. The design is over 3,000 years old and has been found on every inhabited continent. Unlike a maze, you cannot get lost in a labyrinth. One begins at the outside edge of a winding path that gradually leads - eventually, but not directly - to the center. The center is a place to stop/pause and meditate and/or pray. One goes out by the same path. The labyrinth is both a metaphor and a vehicle for a journey. There is no "right" way to walk it. Just try it and adapt it for your purposes!

Our labyrinth was envisioned by members of the Campus Ministry Board (now Campus Interfaith Board), constructed by members of the campus community, and made possible with the help of Dave Good, grounds supervisor, and the Peace Studies Institute.

On September 20, 2016 a temporary labyrinth was installed at the location of the future Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center with the new peace pole at the center of the labyrinth. Pat Ashton and Dave Good constructed the labyrinth. Both labyrinths are available for walking 24/7.

InterCultural Center temporary labyrinthMaking the labyrinth