It is a space for quiet retreat, a symbol for world peace and a thank-you note. Dedicated on Friday, the Clare Reflection Space at Assisi Heights in Rochester is also emblematic of what two venerable Rochester institutions -- Mayo Clinic and the sisters of the Franciscan order -- can do when they join forces.
"It is an uncommon partnership," said the Rev. Edward Foley, who made the dedicating address. "It makes me feel that if I lived here or worked here or even one day was a patient here, it would be an opportunity to be a better Franciscan."
The reflection space is a converted chapel once used by Franciscan novices. The pews and altar were removed, and so were Christian-specific symbols, such as crosses and a series of illustrations depicting the Stations of the Cross.
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