20th Anniversary Gala a Great Success

20th Anniversary Gala a Great Success

Cranaleith celebrated its 20th Anniversary at a gala September 27, 2018, at Knowlton Mansion in Northeast Philadelphia. More than 200 business and nonprofit leaders and philanthropists attended the event. “Tonight gives us the opportunity to celebrate Cranaleith’s first 20 years, the 80 seasons that Cranaleith has been a place of transformation and healing for thousands including those living in poverty, people struggling with addiction and those with mental health issues, said Charlene Flaherty, Cranaleith Executive Director. Sharmain Matlock-Turner, President and CEO, Urban Affairs Coalition and Maureen H. McCullough, JD, Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of Catholic Relief Services received the Catherine McAuley...

Eco-Spirituality at Cranaleith

Eco-Spirituality at Cranaleith

When driving onto Cranaleith’s property, you will notice the expansive lawn and stately historic Victorian house. You may also find Leslie Porreca in the garden or tending her beehives. Leslie is a Sister of Mercy and licensed therapist. She also leads Cranaleith’s Eco-Spirituality program. Leslie’s work includes sustainability and permaculture activities such as recycling, composting, water conservation and buying local. With the assistance of staff and volunteers, she manages an expansive year-round garden featuring a variety of herbs and heirloom vegetables, beehives and a chicken coop. “Fresh and nourishing,” are the words retreatants use to describe Leslie’s garden-to-table meals. An in-house gift...

Walking Your Spiritual Journey

Walking Your Spiritual Journey

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...

Understanding the Dynamics of Religious Leadership

Understanding the Dynamics of Religious Leadership

For the last 18 years or so, I have had the opportunity to consult to many of the finest people I have ever met – the women and men of religious congregations and the ministries that they sponsor, from various denominations. These people are hard-working, kind, and faithful to their missions —- but that doesn’t mean that leadership is easy in these settings. The real-world challenges are formidable, and the internal community dynamics are subtle and complex. Religious leadership is not what it used to be! Several years ago, I started experimenting with a series of workshops as a complement...