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Blog: Walking Your Spiritual Journey


By Mary-Anne Smith Amidst all this tripping about: our hearts can always be in the same place, centered in God, for whom alone we go forward, or stay back. — Catherine McAuley. Just half a mile from the rush of traffic on Bustleton Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia is a permanent outdoor labyrinth with the purpose of inviting… Read more

July 16, 2018 in Uncategorized by

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Write the Vision Down: Art-Journaling Retreat – 7/29-8/3/2018

Art Journaling

Director: Marianne Hieb, RSM July 29-August 3, 2018, Arrival: 7 p.m., Sunday; Departure: 11 a.m., Friday 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,… Read more

July 10, 2018 in Programs by

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News: 20th Anniversary Gala Honorees Announced

Cranaleith is hosting a Gala on September 27, 2018 to mark the auspicious occasion of our 20th Anniversary. In honor of Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, awards will be presented to two individuals who embody Catherine’s spirit of mercy and share that spirit generously in support of Cranaleith’s mission. We are pleased… Read more

July 6, 2018 in Events by

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Praying with Mandalas- 8/18/2018


Presenters: Geraldine Fitzpatrick, SSJ and Mary Em McGlone, MMS Cost: $45 (includes lunch) Register online here or call 215-934-6206 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… Read more

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Drumming and Walking the Labyrinth under a Full Moon – 7/27/2018


Instructor: Patricia Hatfield Cost: $25 Register online here or call 215-934-6206 Come, celebrate the summer and God’s love for the world with a time of prayer and reflection. 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… Read more

July 6, 2018 in News by

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Garden to Table Seasonal Cooking: Pizza Making – 7/17/2018


Presenter: Leslie Porreca, RSM Register online here or call 215-934-6206 Cost: $60 (includes meal) Register here 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… Read more

July 6, 2018 in Events, Programs by

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Pottery and Poetry – 8/9/2018

Thursday, August 9, 2018, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (includes lunch) Instructor: Julie Kring Cost:  $45 Click to Register Or call us at 215-934-6206 We’ll draw on Mary Oliver’s poetry as inspiration for our own creativity with clay. Influenced by both Whitman and Thoreau, Oliver is known for her clear and poignant observances of the natural world. No experience necessary…just… Read more

June 14, 2018 in Programs by

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Sacred Sound Workshop – 7/28/2018

Sacred Sound Workshop Saturday, July 28, 2018, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $80 (includes lunch) Presenters: Ruth Cunningham and Phyllis Strock Click to Register or call us at 215-934-6206 or email People of all faiths can use sacred sound to bring relaxation, balance, and healing to their everyday lives. Learn to use voice and… Read more

June 1, 2018 in Programs by

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Welcome to Cranaleith

Cranaleith Spiritual Center offers support and safe space to those who wish to reflect on what matters deeply in their lives, renew their spirit for life or work or restore themselves from life’s traumas. We welcome individuals and groups through our retreats, programs, and spirit-rekindling environment of safety, respect and trust. Gaelic for “sanctuary of trees,” Cranaleith fosters reflection, discernment and, ultimately, transformation for those who come here.


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