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Some Sioux City glass finds a "divine" destination

NORFOLK, Neb. (KTIV) - Sioux City's glass is adding sparkle to the mission of a Norfolk, Nebraska monastery.

"I think it's just kind of a haven for people,” said Sister Kevin Hermsen, Director of Development at the Missionary Benedictine Sisters Monastery in Norfolk, Nebraska.

A place to disconnect and reflect opened there in August .

"In the United States we have the first Stations of the Light prayer garden,” Sister Kevin said. "They are all post-resurrection events in the life of Jesus.”

It’s a concept started by Pope John Paul II and just now finding its way to the US.

"It's just a way for people to deepen their spirituality, and the more ways we can help people do that, that's what we're all about,” Sister Kevin explained.

The path to spiritual guidance came from a thoroughly modern medium: an internet search. That's where Sister Kevin stumbled on the asphalt alternative, FilterPave.

"I love the look of the product,” she added.

Made of a mix of recycled glass, granite chips, and polymer, it has a smooth finish, and "When it rains, water filters through it,” said Sister Kevin.

That prevents puddles on the path.

When the sun is shining, the glass glimmers in the light.

"Depending on what part of the country they take the glass from, there will be different colors of glass in the product. Some are more green, some are more yellow, some are more clear,” she explained.

This glass comes from Sioux City, and was delivered from the recycling plant in Omaha.

"Maybe somebody can find their beer bottle up here,” joked Sister Kevin.

Going green is not new to the Benedictine Sisters.

"We have it in our blood, and we have it in our history,” she explained.

It's part of the mission, and the ministry.

"We're really about creation, mother earth, preserving the natural environment, preserving the Earth,” said Sister Kevin.

In fact, a recent renovation of the monastery itself included recycled materials. The benches in the prayer garden are also made of recycled tires. Now, they're giving our glass a second chance, too.

“When you think about it, another life, spiritually,” she stated.

The garden is expected to "spring up" in a few months.

People of all faiths are welcome to visit the monastery and the stations of light.

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