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New Year, New Reflection

“Those who have ears to hear, let them hear.” Matthew 11:15 Dear Friends, My husband’s heart beat so hard, I could feel it through the fabric of his shirt.He was anxious, worried, but after a series of tests, the doctors have assured him that the jangling beat–while uncomfortable–is relatively harmless; something, they tell us, to...

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Volunteering at Cranaleith: George Whalen

As I was approaching retirement from a long career in Philadelphia City government, I started to think about what was I going to do with the balance of my life. I had always been interested in Religion and I was active in several groups at our parish. I also studied Theology at LaSalle University before...

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Stories from the Mercy Station: Summer 2022

Each Wednesday from July 6 to August 3, campers (5 years-old and up) and counselors from the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia spent the day at Cranaleith, where they were engaged in fun, and often meaningful, activities around the 10-acre Sanctuary of Trees. One such activity was the Mercy Station, where Cranaleith’s Program Director, Bernadette...

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Cranaleith Program Director On Popular Podcast

Bernadette Rudolph, program director at Cranaleith Spiritual Center in Philadelphia and a certified Spiritual Director, was a guest on the popular, “The Forgiveness Lab” podcast. Her episode is titled, “Forgiveness and the Spiritual Journey.” From The Forgiveness Lab: “She [Bernadette] endlessly explores how God is mixed up in human lives and tries to help others...

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Memorial in Bloom

For the employees at Selzer Company in Warrington, PA, Donna Arnold was more than just an accountant and coworker for 20 years. For them, she was a shining light. “Everyone loved her. She was the best. She touched every person with kindness,” said Elizabeth “Liz” Kenney who works at Selzer. When Donna passed away “rather...

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It Only Takes a Moment

Video: “It Only Takes a Moment,” written and performed by Steve Hart, Cranaleith Board Chair. It only takes a moment to support the work of Cranaleith. Your support helps us to fulfill our mission to offer a contemplative space for all those seeking wholeness and transformation for themselves and society. We are committed to making...

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New Executive Director Announcement

A Message from Cranaleith Board Chair, Steve Hart Dear Cranaleith Community, Since the retirement of Deborah Kost in February, the Board of Directors has been engaged in a regional search for Cranaleith’s next Executive Director. Working with the non-profit executive search firm Lambert and Associates, and including input from many of Cranaleith’s staff, volunteers, donors,...

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Cranaleith's "Ski" Ulinski Remembered

Zigmont “Ski” Ulinski 1940 – 2022 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 Guests who have come to Cranaleith over the past 23 years experienced a man whose presence grew from the heart of Cranaleith’s mission. Ski offered a hospitality that was simple,...

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Board Member Presents at Ignatian Conference

Cranaleith Board member, author, and Professor of Religion and Theology at LaSalle University, Maureen O’Connell, PhD, will lead a breakout session at the Ignatian Spirituality and Leadership Conference at Saint Joseph’s University on July 28 in Philadelphia. Her sessions, Undoing the Knots: Spiritual Resources for Anti-Racist Discipleship, is based on her recent book, “Undoing the...

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Board Member's New Book Reviewed

Cranaleith Board member Maureen O’Connell’s latest book, Undoing the Knots: Five Generations of American Catholic Anti-Blackness, was reviewed Emma McDonald in the national publication, Commonweal, which praised the work as “a project of unraveling.” Read the full review HERE.