April 1, 2021 | DONATE
"The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again."
Luke 24:7
Dear Friends of Cranaleith, 

Last year, we were preparing to celebrate Easter in an entirely new way. Separated from loved ones and removed from all the comforts of “normalcy,” we did not yet know that our lives and communities would be forever changed. We reflected on Christ’s suffering and death, many of us still unaware of the great suffering and struggles that would befall us in our personal lives and in our society. 

This Easter season, we invite you to join the Cranaleith community as you are, wherever you are on your journey of faith and life. If you are mourning, we will mourn with you. If you are joyful, we will celebrate with you. Together, we will hold the Paschal Mystery in our hearts and ask Christ to make His constant and eternal love known to us.

From all of us at Cranaleith, we wish you peace and joy this Easter!
"Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song."
Pope John Paul II
All retreats are offered virtually on Zoom. Scholarships are available because everyone is welcome at Cranaleith. Please email info@cranaleith.org so we can assist you.
Together we will stand in the fire of grief. Through music, poetry and the sharing of our stories, we will move through the flames toward hope and healing. Cloaked in compassion and love, we will find our way.

Cranaleith wishes to support everyone who is grieving with a free support group. The group will meet weekly in April. We will focus on discussion, relying on mutual support as a tool for healing. Come to as many of the sessions as you can manage.

This is a free program.
Each spring, blossoms fill the eyes of our hearts with hope. After a year of hardship for so many, we will awaken to newness in the gift of one another. This morning of respite will hold quiet reflection, sharing, music and creative response. Come, discover the resilience we share with all creation that heals our world. Join other women vets in discovering the beauty and promise we hold.

Will you help us spread the word about this free retreat?
Get creative with Cranaleith!

We are delighted to host Brother Mickey McGrath, OSFS, who will share his own art and reflections on the healing power of beauty on our journey to holiness and wholeness. He will also guide us in a creative project on paper inspired by the Freedom Quilts of the Underground Railroad, designed to help you find inner peace through meditation.

Program fee: $30
NEW on YouTube!
Want to participate in a spiritual program at your own pace? We are happy to announce that our popular "Faith & Adversity" series is now FREE on YouTube! Join Cranaleith's Program Director, Bernadette Rudolph, as she guides you through four narratives of the Old Testament: Ruth, Tobit, Judith and Jonah. Session one (Ruth) is now available to view at your leisure!
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Application Deadline: April 19
Do you know someone who could use their gifts of compassion and empathy to help others? Who works in solidarity with those on the margins of society? Who has a heart for social justice? Tell them about the Spiritual Direction Formation Program in the Charism of Mercy!

Cranaleith Spiritual Center is accepting applications for the 2021-2023 cohort of the Spiritual Direction Formation Program until APRIL 19, 2021. Write to us at programs@cranaleith.org to request and application. We look forward to hearing from you!
Poetry from Home
"Resurrection" by Allison Hawthorne Deming

Listen from Home
"Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)?"
Performed by Pegasis
"Behold the Wood of the Cross"
Performed by the St. Louis Jesuits
"Mozart Alleluia"
Performed by the St. John's Virtual Choir
"Bread of Heaven"
Performed by Fred Hammond
Holy Thursday, 2016
Revisit Holy Thursday 2016 when Pope Francis washed the feet of Muslim, Christian and Hindu refugees. Recall his actions and reflect on his words this Holy Thursday.
Rick Steves' European Easter
Taking you on a spring journey through Spain, Slovenia, Switzerland, Italy, and Greece, "Rick Steves' European Easter" celebrates this 2,000-year-old story in a variety of cultures.
Reflect from Home
Good News 4 You: Easter Sunday
Mary cannot stop weeping to see clearly, even when two angels and Jesus himself speak to her. They all ask, “Woman, why are you weeping?” Sorrow only gets us so far; there comes a time to realize we can live… Read more.
Listen to the podcast.
From www.GoodNews4You.net by Bernadette Rudolph
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Spiritual Direction
We are still offering Spiritual Direction via phone and teleconferencing. Contact Cathy Maguire, RSM at programs@cranaleith.org or 215-858-6239. 
Psychotherapy is also available. Please contact Leslie Porreca, RSM, LCSW. 

Individual retreats available -- both online and onsite options! Call Maria DiBello, RSM, at 215-934-6206 or visit our website www.cranaleith.org/retreats to learn more.

Connect With Us Online 
Get daily prayers, reflections, blog posts and images from our beautiful property via our website and social media channels.
Twitter: @cranaleith
Instagram: @cranaleith

Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Cranaleith 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 invite those at the center of need and those at the center of influence to reflection, reverent dialogue and meaningful partnerships. Please help us support our work.
Cranaleith Spiritual Center | 13475 Proctor Road | Phila., PA 19116