As part of the restoration of St. Paul's in the aftermath of the bombing of the Murrah Building in April, 1995, the Cathedral was able to acquire additional property to the east of Dean Willey Hall. The Cathedral saw fit to create a outdoor still point fit for meditation, and absorbing joy in the quiet beauty of the natural world. The cloister holds within it a garden, a Labyrinth, an arbor, a pet memorial garden, and the Cathedral's Columbarium. The garden represents God's presence in the world throughout all seasons in our lives.
Who May Use the Garden?
Individuals are always welcome to enjoy the garden for rest and reflection. Larger groups may use the garden upon permission and scheduling through the Cathedral Office.
When Is the Garden Open?
The garden is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Access is through the reception area located at the Cathedral's Main Office in Dean Willey Hall. The garden is also open following Sunday services from 9:00 am. to 1:00 pm. Other hours are available upon request and with permission.
The Columbarium is a sacred space and is a resting place for many members of the Cathedral community and their loved ones. It is to be treated it with reverence. For more information about subscriptions to the Columbarium or to schedule memorial services, please contact the Main Office.
The Labyrinth is an ancient symbol of the spiritual journey. Parishioners are invited to walk the Labyrinth in prayerful reflection. There are helpful ways to walk the Labyrinth and guidelines and suggestions are available through the Main Office.
The Arbor is a symbol of the sheltering presence of God. It is a place for quiet conversation and rest.
The Pet Memorial Garden
In the northwest corner of the east garden lies The Rev. Canon Susan Joplin Pet Memorial Garden, a gathering place to remember all of the pets who have graced the lives of our Cathedral community through the generations. Following the annual Pet Memorial Service, it is prayerfully planted with spring-flowering bulbs as a reverent reminder that God's love extends to all creatures, great and small.