Instruments of Hope

The St. Francis Sculpture Garden for Prayer and Meditation at Marywood


Experience Serenity in a Garden of Peace

Instruments of Hope is a Michigan-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting peace through various artistic endeavors. In 2009, we had the ambitious vision of building the St. Francis Sculpture Garden for Prayer and Meditation – a peaceful, scenic sanctuary where visitors would be welcome to walk the paths and sit on hand-carved benches along picturesque wooded trails for a quiet retreat. 

With the commitment and devotion of award-winning artists, architects, a board of dedicated professionals, and our generous sponsors, that vision is now a reality.

Inspired by events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi, the beautifully crafted bronze statues along the Garden trail, conceived and created by sculptor and founder, Mic Carlson, depict St. Francis in postures of prayer, meditation, preaching and interacting with nature. They are placed in areas conducive to quiet reflection and are accompanied by storyboards sharing the life of this inspirational and much-loved saint.

The St. Francis Sculpture Garden is a continuous evolution of art and nature, with plans for new stations, sculptures, meditation areas and ongoing landscape design changes.

No matter the reason or season, your senses will be rewarded. Close your eyes and listen to the birds. Breathe. Count butterflies. Count your blessings. Leave inspired.

We welcome you to come spend time in the St. Francis Sculpture Garden. Bring the kids for some fresh air, or find a bench for some quiet meditation or to enjoy your favorite book and a Starbucks. No matter the reason or season, your senses will be rewarded. Close your eyes and listen to the birds. Breathe. Count butterflies. Count your blessings. Leave inspired.


Take a Walk with Us

The St. Francis Sculpture Garden provides an oasis of beauty, art and nature in the Grand Rapids area. Take an online look inside our garden walls at the statues, meditation and garden areas, water features, and tree-lined boardwalks and walking paths.

TOUR THE GARDEN

Leave a Legacy

Instruments of Hope offers several donation and sponsorship opportunities to help support funding for further growth and maintenance of the
St. Francis Sculpture Garden.
Find out how you can make a difference.

DONOR OPPORTUNITIES