The Bible says life begins in a garden–and we certainly love living with a garden in our midst.
Our small formal garden was created in 1957-58 and renamed in 1982 after the Rev. Thomas Mabley. Since then, the Mabley Memorial Garden has become a landmark of downtown Terre Haute and a source of tranquility and beauty for passersby as well as the St. Stephen’s community.
We walk through the garden each Sunday as we come to church. We gather here to light the Paschal (Easter) Candle prior to the Great Vigil of Easter. We also come to the garden after many funerals to inter ashes here. It is is a sacred space for us, cared for by a group of parishioners called Lay Weeders. But it is for others as well.
You are invited to visit our garden any time you feel the need for a little tranquility. You’ll find benches and quiet paths, plus the iron weather vane that once sat atop our steeple. Sit, sketch, read, meditate. Watch for the first snowdrops in spring, the berries in autumn. The garden is there for you as it is for us—spring, summer, winter, and fall.