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 Great High Cross: Lent in the Celtic Tradition 
Presenter: Meg Brown, RSM
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $45 (includes lunch)
Register online here or call 215-934-6206
As we move into the holiest week of the Church year, let us ponder the meaning of the Cross in the Celtic tradition and its relevance for us today.

Cooking Class: What’s in Season, All About Greens 
Presenter: Leslie Porreca, RSM
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 5-8 p.m.
Cost: $60 (includes dinner)
Register online here or call 215-934-6206
Greens aren’t just rabbit food! Their amazing array of color presents an unending feast of nutrition and taste. We will explore the myriad types of greens available to us and discover cooking methods that would delight the most vegetable-adverse diners!

Poetry as Prayer 
Presenter: Renee Yann, RSM
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $35
Register online here or call 215-934-6206
Poetry can give voice to deeply held feelings and beliefs we may not know we possess until the poem names them for us. Many recognized poets have helped us reach undiscovered corners of our souls and serve as valued companions on our journey with God. We will read from Rumi, Rilke, Mary Oliver, and Jessica Powers. Bring your own treasured poems with you to share with the group.

Conversations That Matter: Our Schools
Friday, April 27, 2018, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Presenters: Dr. Veirdre Ridgely-Jackson (Keynote Speaker) and Barbara Simmons (Facilitator)
Cost: $25 (includes breakfast & lunch)
Register online here or call 215-934-6206
Join us for an honest and open dialogue about racial bias in educational settings. For teachers, administrators, counselors and school ministers. Get a deeper understanding of how to make our school environments more inviting of diverse student bodies; a new sensitivity for what students of color are experiencing; a new look at restoring respectful dialogue for students; and ideas around integrating values into curriculums across subject areas.

A Mural Pilgrimage 
Presenter: Maureen O’Connell, PhD
Date tbd
Cost: $50 (includes lunch and bus tour)
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Philadelphia’s world renowned murals are as inspirational as they are beautiful. Our guide, Maureen O’Connell, Chair of the Department of Religion at LaSalle University, will reveal the sacred stories of struggle, yearning for justice, resilience and beauty behind some of these extraordinary public artworks.

The Feminine Face of God 
Presenter: Honora Nicholson, RSM
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $ 45 (includes lunch)
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Reflect upon the many feminine images of God that have long been hidden in scripture and tradition and have the potential, according to theologian Rebecca Chop, “to lead us to emancipatory transformation, to new ways of living together with each other and our earth.”

Women’s Spirituality 
Presenter: Mary Anne Nolan, RSM
Monday, May 21, 2018, 5-9 p.m
Register online here
Cost: $40/session (includes dinner)
Women are different. Not just in our bodies, but in the ways that we think, feel, and connect with the Spirit. These ongoing gatherings seek to nurture women’s spirituality through reflection, input, sharing and prayer. Join us in a creative exploration of your own story and stories of other women in faith.

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.

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)
Register online here or call 215-934-6206
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.

Knit, Crochet, Pray Together
Facilitators: Penne Wood, Suzanne Roper and Cathy Maguire, RSM
Every Tuesday through June 26, 2018, 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free-will offering
Those of us who knit and crochet know its impact on our body, mind and spirit. Join us to continue a centuries-old tradition of blending creativity with reflection and sharing of life. Create a prayer shawl for women in our veteran’s program or bring your own project. Skills will be shared and fun had by all. Beginners welcome. Program takes place in Cranaleith’s historic home. Materials will be provided along with a copy of the book Knit, Purl, Pray: 52 Devotions for the Creative Soul by Lisa Bogart.