First Universalist Society in Franklin

Memorial Garden

Memorial Garden - FUSF

Spiritual Outdoor Spaces on Our Campus

Memorial Garden

The FUSF Memorial Garden was the dream of congregation member Susie Gonsalves. With the enthusiastic backing of our former Minister Rev. Carol Rosine, the efforts of team member Barbara Evans, and the generosity of the congregation, the garden became a reality.

Work began on this sacred spiritual space in June of 2010, solidifying FUSF’s permanence on its eleven acre campus.

The garden’s design includes paver walks with memorial engravings, granite benches, and a focal point sundial, all surrounded by graceful trees, blooming shrubs, and decorative flowers.

The intent of the garden is not just to offer a final resting place for FUSF members and their loved ones, but to provide a quiet place for contemplation at the edge of FUSF’s beautiful pine grove.

The Memorial Garden Committee is co-chaired by Barbara Evans and Susie Gonsalves.

Memorial pavers or tributes may be made by contacting Barbara Evans.

Thomas Lazinski Memorial Pathway

During September 2014, a Boy Scout Eagle project was completed on the FUSF campus, following nearly six months of planning, fundraising, and preparation. Thomas Cerier, a 17-year-old lifelong member of FUSF, led the effort. Under his leadership, over 128 hours of community service were given to the project by FUSF members and members of the Scouting community. The project involved Eric Romsey from Authentic Landscape, Franklin, and 495 Rental Center in Milford, which generously donated tools for the pathway. Thanks to Signs by Cam, Franklin, for their assistance with signs.

Memorial Garden Handicapped Path at FUSF

FUSF Volunteers Build Thomas Lazinski Memorial Path to Memorial Garden


Handicapped Access to Memorial Garden at FUSF

FUSF Member & Eagle Scout Created Handicapped Path to Memorial Garden









The “Thomas Lazinski Memorial Pathway” provides handicapped access from the parking lot to the Memorial Garden

Thomas Cerier chose to complete this culminating Eagle Project at FUSF because he wanted to help create something beneficial, meaningful, and permanent for an organization that has positively impacted his life.  This project became a badge of love and pride for FUSF, and now can be enjoyed by all, says Barbara Evans.


Spiritual Renewal at FUSF Labryinth

FUSF Labyrinth – Place for Spiritual Reflection

Just beyond the Memorial Garden, resting in the pine grove, is FUSF’s Labyrinth. Built under the guidance of and managed by Judith Swaim, the Labyrinth symbolizes our interdependence upon each other.  It is a sacred place, built several years ago by our congregation.

FUSF families, individuals, and children regularly enjoy the labyrinth, including celebrating New Year’s Eve with a meditative walk.

All are welcome to walk the FUSF Labyrinth or visit our beautiful Memorial Garden, two sacred places to meditate and soothe the soul.