Spiritual Programs

Join us for a themed day, evening and overnight program. Cranaleith offers a safe space to discover, probe and nurture your spirit.  Register online below or call  215-934-6206 



The Art of Mercy and Compassion
Presenter: Helen David Brancato, IHM
Saturday, June 2, 2018, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Cost: $50 (includes lunch)
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Painting, like faith, is about seeing. It provides us greater depths of knowledge and wisdom about who we are in this vast cosmos. This program will include morning reflection on the power of images and spirituality; a look at the works of the artists Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Merton; and new works by Sr. Helen David herself. The afternoon will include a painting demonstration followed by a hands-on experience and time to reflect on your own painting.

Gentle Yoga in Nature and Energizing Nutrition
Saturdays, June 2-23, 2018, 8-9 AM
Instructors: Beth (Keeley) McDermott and Leslie Porreca, RSM, MSS, LCSW

Cost: $15/class (register for one or all)
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Learn the foundations of yoga at a gentle pace, all in the serenity of the outdoors. Enjoy the natural beauty of Cranaleith as a setting to stretch, move, breathe, and practice relaxing mindfulness techniques. This gentle yoga is geared towards beginners and seasoned yogis alike looking to improve flexibility, focus, and overall wellbeing. Participants will be guided through a series of accessible yoga postures and techniques, known for their therapeutic benefits. Beth offers individual hands-on attention to support a safe and nurturing yoga experience. Classes will be held outside, weather permitting. Please bring a yoga mat or beach towel, water, and dress in layers. Taught by cook and master gardener, Leslie Porreca, RSM, will end each class with a mini-session on making energizing smoothies using some ingredients from our garden.

Summer Cinema
Inside Out (PG)
Thursday, June 7, 2018, 7-9 PM
Facilitator: Cathy Maguire, RSM

Cost: $5/movie (popcorn included; register for one or all movies)
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This is a story about emotions. Our feelings exist and deserve to be recognized. Indeed if you don’t acknowledge them, they can cause havoc in our life. When baby Riley is born to her loving parents, so is her first emotion, Joy, who is soon joined by Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust. The quintet lives and works in Headquarters, the part of Riley’s brain that experiences feelings and makes memories. With Joy as their leader, the group helps their girl through toddlerhood and childhood, but everything changes when 11-year-old Riley and her parents move to a new city. As Riley tries to cope, things get out of control back at HQ: Sadness and Joy tussle over Riley’s core memories and end up getting sucked into long-term storage. Can they make it back to HQ in time to help Riley get back in touch with all of her feelings?

Summer Book Club
A reading of Just Mercy:
A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson  Wednesdays, June 20, July 18, and August 22, 2018, 7-9 PM
Discussion Leader: Maria DiBello, RSM

Cost: $45 for series (includes refreshments)
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Join us for a reading and discussion of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machinations, and legal brinksmanship. It transforms his understanding of mercy and justice forever. Just Mercy is the powerful memoir of one man’s quest to work for the poor, the oppressed, the mentally ill, and the powerless. It will make you mad and it will make you cheer. As a citizen of the world, you must read it.

Write the Vision Down: Art-Journaling Retreat 
Director: Marianne Hieb, RSM
June 25-30, 2018, Arrival: 7 p.m., Monday; Departure: 11 a.m., Saturday
Cost: $550 (includes lodging and meals)
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Join us for a multi-day, overnight retreat experience exploring creative journaling practice as a way of prayer. Sr. Marianne defines art-journaling as “the use of simple art materials, contemplative gazing, written journaling and noticing to help clarify, express, or respond to prayer and expression.” Our time will include journaling and Visio Divina, communal prayer, meditations, solitude, rest, and optional sharing. Bring your journal and art supplies. Basic art materials will be provided.

Summer Cinema
Forks Over Knives (PG)
Thursday, July 12, 2018, 7-9 PM
Cost: $5/movie (popcorn included; register for one or all movies)
Facilitator: Leslie Porreca, RSM

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Join us for a series of informative, uplifting and impactful films that connect us with the world around us. The evening will include a film screening followed by a discussion. Synopsis: Two out of every three of us are overweight. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug. Heart disease, cancer, and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to “battle” these very conditions. Could it be there’s a single solution to all of these problems? A solution so comprehensive, but so straightforward, that it’s mind-boggling that more of us haven’t taken it seriously? Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us, can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

Garden to Table Seasonal Cooking: Pizza Making
Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 5-8 PM
Presenter: Leslie Porreca, RSM

Cost $60 
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Cranaleith is known for its delicious and healthy foods, prepared mostly from our organic garden by Leslie Porreca, RSM. Many have finished a meal and approached Leslie for her recipes. This is your chance to join Leslie and learn some of her secrets of combining a love of the environment with faith and food. Register today, space is limited! Join us for extraordinary hospitality, excellent cuisine, and a sanctuary-like setting. Bring a friend or come as a couple.

Sacred Sound Workshop
Saturday, July 28, 2018, 10 AM-3 PM
Cost: $80 (includes lunch)
Presenters: Ruth Cunningham and Phyllis Strock
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People of all faiths can use sacred sound to bring relaxation, balance, and healing to their everyday lives. Learn to use voice and music as tools for personal transformation, creativity, and connection to spirit. Practices in humming, toning, chanting, mantras, and simple improvisation will be taught. Explore new ways of experiencing music and how to use music and sound more effectively in daily life. In addition, the presenters will perform with a medieval harp and flute and songs created specifically for the group. No prior musical talent or experience needed. All are welcome.

Drumming and Walking the Labyrinth under a Full Moon
Saturday, July 28, 2018, 7-9 PM
Instructor: Patricia Hatfield
Cost: $25
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Come, celebrate the summer and God’s love for the world with a time of prayer and reflection.  A labyrinth has a single, purposeful path that winds from the edge into the center. The same path leads back out to the edge again. Thus, it resembles the indirect path of our lives, which leads us sometimes into the center of the human condition, sometimes into the heart and mind of God, sometimes into the very core of illness or pain. Today, labyrinths have been rediscovered and are being built and “walked” as a tool of spiritual growth and emotional well-being. Drum therapy is an ancient approach that uses rhythm to promote healing and self-expression. From the spiritual leaders of Mongolia to the Minianka healers of West Africa, therapeutic rhythm techniques have been used for thousands of years to create and maintain physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Pottery and Poetry
Thursday, August 9, 2018, 10 AM-3 PM 

Instructors: Maria DiBello, RSM and Mary Trainer, RSM
Cost: $45 (includes lunch)
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We’ll draw on Mary Oliver’s poetry as inspiration for our own creativity with clay and color.  Influenced by both Whitman and Thoreau, Oliver is known for her clear and poignant observances of the natural world. No experience necessary…just an adventurous and reverent spirit.

Summer Cinema
Queen of Katwe
Thursday, August 16, 2018, 7-9 PM
Facilitator: Cathy Maguire, RSM
Cost: $5/movie (popcorn included; register for one or all movies)
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Join us for a series of informative, uplifting and impactful films that connect us with the world around us. The evening will include a film screening followed by a discussion. Synopsis: A warm and moving movie based on the true story of 10-year-old international chess champion Phiona Mutesi. Phiona spends her days fetching water and selling maize to help her family until the day she meets Robert Katende, a missionary who’s also the chess team coach in Phiona’s Ugandan neighborhood. He mentors her, and it’s quickly clear that although she can’t read or write, she was meant to play the game.  Phiona becomes fascinated with chess and soon becomes a top player under Katende’s guidance. Her success in local competitions and tournaments opens the door to a bright future and a golden chance to escape from a life of poverty.

Praying with Mandalas
Saturday, August 18, 2018, 10 AM-3 PM
Presenters: Geraldine Fitzpatrick, SSJ and Mary Em McGlone, MMS
Cost: $45 (includes lunch)
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Mandalas, circular designs which represent wholeness, are sacred circles that have been used for prayer and enlightenment since ancient times. This workshop will offer a sacred space for creating mandalas which uniquely express the participant’s heartfelt prayer, whether associated with a spiritual tradition or not. This day of prayer and creativity will give you an opportunity to learn how to create and use the mandala as a tool for prayer, self-knowledge, and a sense of being with the universe. The day will include input, quiet reflection, mandala-making, personal sharing, and ritual. All are welcome and no formal experience with art or prayer is required. Materials will be provided.