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Shadow and Light

Dear Friends, My husband, youngest daughter and I will be racing to upstate New York this Monday, chasing the solar eclipse. In the Path of Totality, we hope to stand in the moon’s shadow, marvel at the stars revealed in the daytime sky, stand breathless in the darkness and watch in wonder at the radiant...

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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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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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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'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.

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Retreatant Pens Poem

Georgina Dietz, a regular retreatant at Cranaleith, recently shared a poem with us that she composed during a retreat in March 2022. Published here with her permission. Thank you, Georgina!   Retreat and Renewal By Georgina Dietz I hear the honking of the geese And the sweet sound of rustling trees With the hum of...

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Cranaleith Development Director on Panel

Cranaleith’s Director of Development and Marketing, Christopher Grosso, is a panelist at the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Fourth Annual Non-Profit Summit on Wednesday, April 13. As described by the Chamber: “Join us as we host a panel discussion with nonprofit professionals who will share their strategies for engaging with donors, volunteers, partners, and...

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Alum Pens Labyrinth Article

Rasheeda Hastings, a 2021 Cranaleith Spiritual Direction Formation Program alumna, published an article in Presbyterians Today detailing the history and benefits of using labyrinths in spiritual life. Rasheeda is a professionally trained labyrinth facilitator who, along with Athena Duggan, will be giving a talk and demonstration on labyrinths at Cranaleith as part of the May...

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