Upcoming Events

  • We Remember: Interfaith Memorial Event

    September 05, 2018 / Wednesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
    Join us in community at the We Remember: Interfaith Memorial Event to remember all those we love. In an inspirational and touching evening of music, reflection, prayer, and activities we will celebrate the lives of loved ones who have died.
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  • International Day of Peace

    September 23, 2018 / Sunday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
    The United Nations International Day of Peace is an opportunity for all humanity to come together, in spirit and in action, to forward the ideals of and conditions for peace. This day is observed by hundreds of millions of global citizens in cities, towns, and villages. This year, the International Day of Peace honors the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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  • Blessing of the Animals - Coming 2018

    October 6, 2018 / Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
    We celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi with a Blessing of the Animals. We invite all pets and their caregivers to attend this community event celebrating the animals that companion with us on our life journeys.
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  • The Living Nativity - Coming December 2018

    Join us for our lovely December annual Living Nativity in the Saint Francis of Assisi Sculpture Garden for the Instruments of Hope. Check back here for event date and time.


Recent News

  • Living Nativity in Francis of Assisi Sculpture Garden - December 16, 2017

    A lovely event that brought beautiful people together to celebrate love in the Francis of Assisi Sculpture Garden at Marywood in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Thank you to all of our cast of humans and animals. As always, our costumes by Kostume Room.

  • St. Francis, A Sculptor, A Garden - November 4, 2017

    Mic Carlson shared his story greatly inspired by St. Francis of Assisi. His bronze sculptures gently guide the landscape of the St. Francis Sculpture Garden and bring to life the zeal of St. Francis. Attendees heard directly from the artist and shared in his story as they journied through the St. Francis Sculpture Garden, a place of reflection and healing.

  • Blessing of the Animals - October 7, 2017

    Our annual fun walk through the woods with our pets of many colors took place Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 2:00 PM. The Saint Francis of Assisi Sculpture Garden was the place to be! it was a great time for our babes as it always is! This blessing was so worth seeing the smiles on the faces of the many dogs, cats, goldfish, bunnies, salamanders, chickens, hamsters, guinea pigs and pot belly pigs who graced the pathways of our garden walk. Pastor Ginny Makita officiated the blessing.

  • Blessing of Animals 2016 at St. Francis of Assisi Sculpture Garden

    A walk through the St. Francis of Assisi Sculpture Garden with the cutest critters! Hosted by Saint Francis of Assisi Sculpture Garden and Instruments of Hope. Sculptures by Mic Carlson. Open always!

  • Roman Walker Dedication at Saint Francis of Assisi Sculpture Garden

    On Sunday, July 10, 2016, in memory of Roman Walker, friends and family gathered in the St. Francis Sculpture Garden in Grand Rapids, Michigan to celebrate love. “I’ll Be Seeing You” sung by Roman Walker, with Mark Kahny on piano, Elgin Vines on Bass and Bill Vits on Drums. Recorded at Goon Lagoon.

  • Living Nativity 2015

    A lovely warm December day in the Saint Francis of Assisi Sculpture Garden for the Instruments of Hope annual Living Nativity.

  • Blessing of the Animals 2015

    Beautiful creatures visit the St. Francis of Assisi Sculpture Garden. Always a blessed event hosted by non-profit Instruments of Hope.

  • International Day of Peace Walk 2015

    Sunday, September 20, 2015, Instruments of Hope non-profit held a walk through the lush winding pathways of the Francis of Assisi Sculpture Garden. People wrote their thoughts for peace on a colorful ribbon and attached it to the world base of an 11-foot statue of Francis, by Sculptor Mic Carlson. Members from “Threshold Choir Group” sang at one of the sites designated for rest and enjoyment by sculptures throughout the garden.