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Quinn Center garden project inspires community collaboration

Dozens of volunteers planted a garden May 22, 2021 at the Quinn Center of St. Eulalia Church in Maywood. They dug out weeds, planted flowers, herbs and vegetables and took time for Zumba and yoga as part of the Cultivate Quinn event. At the end, Father Francis Ortega and Deacon Mike Barnish of Sacred Heart and St. Eulalia Parish led a blessing and dedication, marking the plot as a recognized Laudato Si’ garden. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet Pat Bergen, Jessica Rodogno, an English teacher and director of curriculum and instruction at Nazareth Academy, and Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet Marianne Race make plans for the garden. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet Pat Bergen works with Nazareth Academy senior Bella Sliwka in one of the garden areas. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Matt Baker, a medical student at nearby Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, and Nazareth Academy senior Viara Perez weed in one of the garden areas. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Martha Christian prepares to plant some herbs. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Emmanuel Muñoz walks with tools to lend a hand. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Volunteers of all ages work in the garden. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Nazareth Academy seniors Viara Perez and Bella Sliwka plant vegetables in one of the garden areas. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Deacon Mike Barnish blesses the garden with holy water. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Deacon Mike Barnish and Father Francisco Ortega, pastor of St. Eulalia-Sacred Heart Parish, lead a service to bless the garden. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

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