Smart See, Smart Do: Merrimack College

New Labyrinth at Merrimack College Offers Sacred Path For Transformation


Pictured here, Rev. James Wenzel, O.S.A. stands in the middle of the new labyrinth on the Merrimack College campus in North Andover, MA. Construction of the labyrinth was made possible through donations collected at Fr. Wenzel’s 50th anniversary of his ordination.

Students who visit the campus of Merrimack College, a Catholic institution in the Augustinian tradition, will find the school's new labyrinth the perfect place for personal reflection. A unicursal labyrinth made of granite stone and brick presents a single path to the center and out again. Modeled after the 13th century labyrinth laid in stone on the floor of the nave of Chartres Cathedral in France, Fr. Wenzel refers to the labyrinth as a metaphor for "'interiority'–the challenge to enter one’s center, believing that one will encounter God."

Location: North Andover, Massachusetts