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Rutherford Boy Scout Completes Labyrinth For Local Church

Tom Nowoslawki in his labyrinth at Grace Episcopal Church in Rutherford.
Tom Nowoslawki in his labyrinth at Grace Episcopal Church in Rutherford. Photo Credit: Diana Nowoslawski
In uniform.
In uniform. Photo Credit: Diana Nowoslawski
Tom works.
Tom works. Photo Credit: Diana Nowoslawski
Thomas and fellow Boy Scouts dig.
Thomas and fellow Boy Scouts dig. Photo Credit: Diana Nowoslawski
A crew digs a hole for the labyrinth in front of Grace Episcopal Church.
A crew digs a hole for the labyrinth in front of Grace Episcopal Church. Photo Credit: Diana Nowoslawski

RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It took 220 total hours and $1,200, but Grace Episcopal Church in Rutherford has a brand new labyrinth on its lawn, thanks to 15-year-old Boy Scout Thomas Nowoslawski.

"I'm relieved," Nowoslawski's mother, Diana, told Daily Voice. "None of us thought this would be as big a project as it turned out to be.

"But he got it done and it looks beautiful, and I am very proud."

Thomas decided to build a labyrinth for his Eagle Scout project back in December. It took him four days to dig up the yard outside the West Passaic Avenue church. He then raised over $1,200 at a clothing drive to buy the bricks and hire a mason to lay stone.

He finally completed the 26-by-24-foot labyrinth on Sunday, more than three months after he put the first shovel in the ground.

"The fact I got it done in time for Holy Week makes it even more special," Nowoslawski told Daily Voice. "It is beautiful and adds a new spot of peace and serenity to the church property."

A labyrinth is a spiritual walkway that winds back and forth until it arrives at a center point. Labyrinths have a meditative quality to them and can represent the journey to the center of oneself.

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