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Cranaleith Welcomes New Staff
We are pleased to introduce Elizabeth Hoffman, who joined our team as an Office Associate in November. She has a degree in Event Planning and has worked in program development and support as well as case management while serving at risk individuals and families living in poverty. In addition, she has raised Guide Dogs for the blind and Service Dogs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Elizabeth currently resides in Bensalem with her spouse. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, and exploring historic sites.
Danielle Lehr Schagrin (dan-YELL LEAR SHAY-grin) is delighted to join the Cranaleith team as Director of Development and Marketing! Trained as a public historian, Danielle has spent her career in history museums, most recently as a development writer for Pennsbury Manor. She looks forward to sharing Cranaleith’s rich history and spiritual mission with others. In addition to reading and writing about history, Danielle enjoys visiting coffee shops with her husband, exploring old churches, and listening to music.
Opportunities for Growth in 2021
Start the new year with hope!
Connect with God, other seekers and great ideas
 at one of our online programs.
Conversations between Generations
Thursday, January 14, 6:30-8:30pm

Categorizing people by their generation can be useful in some ways, but it can also blind us to our common humanity. Join in a Spirit-infused evening of conversation about the “big picture” questions of life as well as pressing issues of our day. 
Sign up with a friend/family member from another generation (18+). Makes a great Christmas gift!
Deep River: African American Spirituality
Saturday, January 16,

Explore the richness and depth in Scripture centuries of songs, writings, poetry and commentaries on
Spirituals by African Americans.
Deer Fence Installed!
Thank you to our Board member, Ron Selzer, for donating funds to build a deer fence around our community garden that will ensure future seasons of bountiful gardens!
2020-2021 Annual Appeal 
We are pleased to share the 2020-2021 Annual Appeal and the 2019-2020 Annual Report! Download your copy here to learn how your support has sustained Cranaleith’s mission through these difficult times.

As we look forward to 2021, we are blessed to announce that, thanks to a generous donor, all contributions to our annual appeal will be matched up to $25,000! With your financial support, we will continue to provide quality virtual programs and retreats to help you reflect, renew, and restore! 
Keep Vigil from Home
Today, December 17, the Church begins the vigil week before Christmas. This time of intense prayer and waiting is marked by the O Antiphons, a series of introductions for the Magnificat, recited as part of Evening Prayer. Each antiphon focuses on a different title of Jesus: Wisdom, Adonai (Lord of Lords), Root of Jesse, Key of David, Rising Dawn, King of Nations and Emmanuel (God-with-Us). Read the beautiful poems of Malcolm Guite written for each antiphon or listen to the author recite them.
Read from Home:
James Martin, America, 12/13/20

Even before Jesus was born, then, Joseph’s tender compassion and forgiving heart were on full display. Read more
Poetry from Home
“Winter Solstice”
by Rebecca Parker

for a
the typewriters will
stop clicking,
the wheels stop
the computers desist
from computing,
and a hush will fall
over the city.
For an instant, in
the stillness,
the chiming of the
celestial spheres will be heard
as earth hangs
in the crystalline
darkness, and then

"Fall in Love”
Attributed to Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.
Reflect from Home
Fourth Sunday of Advent, Cycle B
2Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 4a, 16 & Lk 1:26-38

Mary must nurture the child within; she grows in love for this unknown person as the months pass. She endures the hardships of her pregnancy and the birthing. Then she must let this new person grow beyond her. We too must accept our roles, add our labor and love and let God grow in our world.
Listen here to the podcast.

For reflection:
  • What is your favorite story of God’s support from the Bible, your family history or your own life?
  • Discuss with God in prayer the future God wants you to build.

Listen from Home

  • Ave Maria by JS Bach/Gounod, performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott
Resources From Home

Community Support

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Spiritual Direction
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. 

Individual retreats available -- both online and onsite options! Call Maria DiBello, RSM, at 215-934-6206 or visit our website 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.

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.
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