August 13, 2020

If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again!
Sojourner Truth, “Ain’t I A Woman?”

Dear Friends:

This week we mark the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the United States. We celebrate the courage that challenged attitudes, structures and systems denying voice to half of humanity. We recognize the ongoing oppression that undervalues and denies the full flourishing of women. At the same time, we remember a darker story woven into the triumph of women’s right to vote...a blindness of heart that refused to recognize the dignity and humanity of African American brothers and sisters. 

On August 15, we celebrate the Assumption of Mary. From the moment of her first “yes,” she lived a life in which God “brought down the mighty from their thrones and lifted up the lowly.” (Lk 1: 52). Mary did what we all strive to do: live a life in which we cooperate with God’s plan to create a merciful and just world. Artists and poets around the world have captured our spiritual connection with Mary to give us hope and courage to carry out God’s plan. 

In the weeks ahead, we invite you to join us for opportunities for rejuvenation of mind, spirit and heart. Explore the mystery of Mary’s beauty in the art and poetry of every culture and circumstance. Enjoy a day with St. Brigid, a woman revolutionary in her time. Be immersed in the sound of Tibetan bells and the sacred movement of a labyrinth walk.Experience the joy of cooking the garden’s gifts. Know that we hold you in prayer as these graced, challenging days in the season of the pandemic continue.  

The Cranaleith Staff

We do not hear the soft voice, the gentle voice, the 
merciful and feminine. We do not hear mercy, or yielding love, or non-resistance, or non-reprisal. In her there are no reasons and no answers. Yet she is the candor of God's light, the expression of God’s simplicity. -- Thomas Merton, Hagia Sophia
Upcoming Retreats

Tuesday, August 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Saturday, August 22, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Join us for a half-day or day-long program to process how recent events have impacted individuals and teams and to regroup as you continue your journey.
Reflect From Home
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


George Floyd’s murder has drawn white Americans’ attention to the issue of racism. As I learn more about it, I have realized that I participate in racism. This makes me squirm. It runs contrary to my selfimage, that I am a good person who tries to imitate God’s universal love. Experts, like moral theologian Fr. Brian Massingale and Dr. Robin DiAngelo, encourage me to sit with my squirming, because it is only in that discomfort that I can be open to real conversion, without which change is impossible. 

  • It has been over two months since George Floyd’s murder. What are you doing to help end racism?
  • Imagine your words about an opponent on Jesus’ lips. Talk with Jesus about these words.

Cranaleith at Home

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote. This historic centennial offers an unparalleled opportunity to commemorate a milestone of democracy and to explore its relevance to the issues of equal rights today. Cranaleith has been celebrating with special programming and tours of our historic home. In 1891, Rachel Foster Avery, corresponding secretary of the National American Women’s Suffrage Association, purchased the property where Cranaleith is located and commissioned Minerva Parker Nichols, one of America’s first female architects, to build our Main House.The home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017. Watch this video to learn more about Minerva Parker Nichols.
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We are still offering Spiritual Direction via phone and teleconferencing. Contact Cathy Maguire, RSM at or 215-858-6239. Psychotherapy is also available. Please contact Leslie Porreca, RSM, LCSW. Learn more

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