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 

Knit, Crochet, Pray Together
Facilitators: Penne Wood, Suzanne Roper and Cathy Maguire, RSM
Every Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – 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.

A New Earth: Preparing the Way 
Presenter: Sharon Browning
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $80 (includes lunch)
Register online here or call 215-934-6206

Something new is always being born into the world through us. What is your role in birthing the New Earth of Justice? What is being asked of us individually and collectively in our time of presence on the planet? What sort of persons ought we to be? Come explore how you and others are Preparing the Way.

Advent Contemplative Morning: Echoes of Mercy, Whispers of Love
Presenter: Maria DiBello, RSM
Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: $25

On this Foundation Day of the Sisters of Mercy, we will hold a gentle space of silence for the voice of merciful love within all that is. Resting in the embrace of the Virgin of Guadalupe, we will listen to the one coming to birth within our own desires and within the hope of all who cry out for mercy.

Women’s Spirituality 
Presenter: Mary Anne Nolan, RSM
Mondays, 5-9 p.m.
January 8 and May 21, 2018
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.

Basics of Beekeeping
Instructor: Andrea Vettori, Master Beekeeper
Saturday, January 20, 2018,9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $80 (includes manual and lunch. Fee proceeds go to support our hives)

This class is for those interested in learning the basics of beekeeping and/or for anyone wanting to volunteer with the beekeeping group at Cranaleith. Learn how to raise bees naturally. Course topics include the current state of beekeeping, honeybee biology, colony structure, equipment, hive management and bee disease treatment.

Conversations That Matter
Saturday, February 3, 2018, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $45 (includes lunch)

Conversations That Matter is an on-going forum for contemplative dialogue and understanding, responding to critical issues of mercy and justice in our time. Topics can include: climate change, healthcare, immigration, racism and violence. People of all affiliations, backgrounds and perspectives are invited to participate in this meaningful and civil discussion for personal and social transformation.

A Morning of Mindfulness
Presenter: Marlene Skrobak, RSM
Thursday, February 8, 2018, 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $35
Register online here or call 215-934-6206

Come and be bathed in the tranquility of the present moment through the practice of mindfulness meditation. Immerse yourself in the now and leave with a renewed sense of well-being and contentment.

Intermediate Beekeeping 
Instructor: Andrea Vettori, Master Beekeeper
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $80 (includes handouts and lunch; 50 percent discount for previous year hive volunteers)
(Prerequisite: Basics of Beekeeping)

Learn advanced hive management techniques including: swarm prevention and control; splitting hives and developing nucleus hives; disease/pest control and management; and assembling hive parts.

A Contemplative Afternoon with Laudato Si
Presenter: Leslie Porreca, RSM
Sunday, February 11, 2018, 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $35

“The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, God’s boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God.” Pope Francis has challenged the world community to embrace “our common home” with commitment, tenderness and joy. This inspiring document
invites us to immerse our souls in the sacredness of creation, to listen to its cry of pain, and to respond in merciful action and advocacy. Join us as we share our passion and deeper awakening over this urgent call.

Ash Wednesday Retreat: A Heart Contrite and Broken 
Presenter: Maria DiBello, RSM
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $45 (includes lunch)

Join us as we enter Lent’s sacred journey on this Valentine’s Day. We will tender our hearts in God’s tears of love and ask to discover our belonging to all those crushed in spirit. Above all, we will trust in this crucified love unfolding from the heart of our sacred universe.

Becoming Radiant: The Lenten Journey of Dying Before We Die
Presenter: Sharon Browning
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $80 (includes lunch)

How does ego block the Light? What radiance is waiting to burst forth from each of us to illuminate our corner of the universe? The suffering yet luminous world awaits our contributions to wholeness and healing. Together we will explore transformation and transfiguration for our good and the good of the entire world.

Lenten Contemplative Morning: An Awe do Quiet 
Presenter: Maria DiBello, RSM
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: $35

During these brief hours, we will give ourselves to awe over God’s tender mercy. Let us shelter a time to rest in God’s prophetic word and awaken to God’s promise. The mystery of the cross will call us to embrace our own brokenness and draw us to God’s presence in the shattered places of our world.

Eco-Spirituality Weekend: Keeping the Traditions Alive 
Presenter: Leslie Porreca, RSM
March 2-4, 2018, Arrival: 7 p.m., Friday; Departure: 11 a.m., Sunday
Cost: $185 (includes lodging and meals)

There is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face.(LS: 223) We discover God in all things. During this reflective retreat, we will learn to identify, collect and store heirloom seeds while deepening our awareness of our connection to the earth. The program will include time for solitude, reverent sharing, and hands-on engagement with seeds, soil, and water.

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)

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)

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

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.

A Mural Pilgrimage 
Presenter: Maureen O’Connell, PhD
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $50 (includes lunch and bus tour)

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)
Register online here or call 215-934-6206

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.”

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)

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)

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.