Cranaleith Welcomes New Executive Director

(Philadelphia, PA — November 10, 2017) — Cranaleith Spiritual Center, a nonprofit conference and retreat center in Northeast Philadelphia has appointed Charlene Flaherty as its new Executive Director.

Charlene Flaherty has over 25 years of management experience in non-profit and government policy, program management, and fund development with a focus on homeless individuals and families, those struggling with substance abuse, trauma and persistent poverty.

“We find ourselves poised on the threshold of the next phase of our growth,” said John Conroy, Co-Chair of Cranaleith’s Board of Directors. “Ms. Flaherty will bring to Cranaleith a wealth of management experience to help further our mission, strengthen operations and sustain us into the future.

“I am grateful and so very blessed to serve as Cranaleith’s Executive Director and to work with an amazingly gifted team to advance the mission of this uniquely impactful organization, said Charlene Flaherty. I happily extend an invitation for you to visit and participate in the beauty and transformative work of Cranaleith.”

Most recently, Ms. Flaherty served as Southwest Director for Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) where she worked with community partners to create more than 1,000 units of supportive housing and was instrumental in developing a new behavioral health benefit and increased Medicaid financing for services in supportive housing for medically vulnerable homeless individuals. Prior to her work with CSH, she served as Community Services Administrator for the Arizona Department of Economic Security and Board Member and former Director of Development for the Phoenix Diocesan Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Ms. Flaherty comes to her work rooted in Catholic Social Teaching and the belief that our social mission is strengthened by our spiritual lives. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from La Salle University, M.A. in Theology from the University of San Francisco and M.A. in Political Science from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.


Cranaleith Spiritual Center is a nonprofit organization which offers programs and contemplative space for all those seeking wholeness and transformation for themselves and society. Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, we are committed to being accessible to all, especially those on the margins and those who work in solidarity with them. We offer safe and supportive space for those recovering from life’s traumas, renewing their spirit for life or work, or reflecting on what matters deeply in their lives. For more information, go to

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