Meet Our 20th Anniversary  Gala Honorees  

Sharmain Matlock-Turner
Maureen H. McCullough
Rose Martin, RSM
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 to announce that our 20th Anniversary honorees are Sharmain Matlock-Turner, President and CEO, Urban Affairs Coalition and Maureen H. McCullough, JD, Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of Catholic Relief Service. 

We will also inaugurate the Founders' Award which will honor both the founders of this sanctuary of trees as well as an individual who has founded an organization for purposes aligned with the mission of Cranaleith. This first Founders' Award will be presented to Rose Martin, RSM, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Hope Partnership for Education.

We invite you to celebrate with us!

Walking Your Spiritual Journey    

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 visitors to seek inner peace. A labyrinth is a meditative tool, a singular winding pathway that enables the walker to center oneself in thought or prayer. It can be a means of finding peace, answers to troubling questions, or communion with God. 

"Our Labyrinth is used by a range of visitors from nonprofit professionals to overnight directed retreatants to local neighbors," said Cranaleith Program Director, Cathy Maguire, RSM. "The walk to the center of the labyrinth represents a journey toward inner peace, wholeness, and healing." Cranaleith's labyrinth is open during daylight hours to visitors who wish to explore its calming and effects. 

There is no right way to walk a labyrinth.  Adults are often serious in the labyrinth. Children most often run in and out as fast as they can in a playful manner.
Some general guidelines for walking a labyrinth:

1. Focus: Pause and wait at the entrance. Become quiet and centered. Give acknowledgment through a bow, nod, or other gesture and then enter.

2. Experience: Walk purposefully. Observe the process. When you reach the center, stay there and focus several moments. Leave when it seems appropriate. Be attentive on the way out.

3. Exit: Turn and face the entrance. Give an acknowledgement of ending, such as "Amen."

Upcoming Program
Drumming and Walking the Labyrinth Under a Full Moon
Friday, July 27, 7-9 p.m. 

From Our Kitchen 

A berry, banana and mango smoothie is perfect for a post-yoga practice pick-me-up. Smoothies are one of the best beverages to drink after a yoga session because of their nutrient-dense ingredients. It provides a hefty dose of vitamins, minerals, protein and healthy fats all from one drink. Besides being very nutritious, they taste great and are easy to prepare.
½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
¼ cup fresh or frozen strawberries
½ cup fresh or frozen bananas
¼ cup fresh or frozen mango
1 cup fresh spinach
1 tbs. chia seeds
1 cup coconut water

Blend in blender until smooth and serve.
Upcoming Retreats: Register Today!
Presenter: Leslie Porreca, RSM
Drumming and Walking the Labyrinth Under a Full Moon 
Fri., July 27,
7-9 p.m. 
Instructor: Patricia Hatfield

Sacred Sound Workshop 
Sat., July 28,
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Presenters: Ruth Cunningham, Phyllis Strock

Sat., Aug 18, 
10:00 a.m.-3 p.m.
Presenters: Geraldine Fitzpatrick, SSJ, Mary Em McGlone, MMS

Artist Julie Kring was inspired to create a series of drawings based on her walks in parks and gardens around her home. "It became my summer's devotional practice," she said.  Julie will be teaching the upcoming Pottery and Poetry program on August 9th . "One poem that I will be using for my workshop is called Praying by Mary Oliver," she said. It expresses my understanding of how my practice became my prayer."

It doesn't have to be
the blue iris,' it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don't try
to make them elaborate, this isn't
a contest, but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

- Mary Oliver

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Cranaleith Spiritual Center | 13475 Proctor Road | Philadelphia, PA 19116 
Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Cranaleith Spiritual Center offers a contemplative space for all those seeking wholeness and  transformation for themselves and society. We are committed to making Cranaleith accessible to all, especially to persons who  are poor and those who work in solidarity with them.We seek to invite those at the center of need and those at the center of  influence to reflection, reverent dialogue and meaningful partnerships.
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