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Maria DiBello, RSM

Maria DiBello, RSM is a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Her experience includes adult faith formation, pastoral ministry, spiritual direction, and retreat ministry. She also has experience in elementary and secondary education. For many years, Maria provided pastoral leadership in a rural Southern community that was socioeconomically and culturally diverse.  At Cranaleith, she offers spiritual accompaniment and serves on the staff of the Spiritual Direction Formation program. She facilitates individual and group retreats and days of staff renewal for nonprofits with a particular focus on Cranaleith’s mission to welcome those on the margins of society and those who serve them.

Maria holds a masters degree in religious studies from Villanova University, as well as certificates in spiritual direction from the Vincentian Center for Church and Society (VCCS) at St. John’s University and in pastoral Spanish from the MAAC. She serves on the Faith and Spiritual Affairs Committee of the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS).

Events with Maria DiBello, RSM

Individual Virtual Directed Retreat
Open Dates

Stay at home or hang out in the mountains or at the beach in solitude, silence, and prayer.  Then, log in once/day on Zoom to meet with one of our experienced Spiritual Directors.  This spiritual director or companion will give direction to your reflection based on your needs coming into…

Solitude Day (self-catered)
Open Dates

This registration is for a single onsite day retreat at Cranaleith.  You will have access to a private room as well as the beautiful grounds of Cranaleith. The retreatant remains in solitude and chooses what to do/reflect on during the retreat time. You may wish to focus on Scripture or…

Individual Directed Retreat (self-catered)
Flexible Dates

A limited number of spaces are available each week for those interested in coming onto our campus for 1-5 days/nights. Staff and retreatants will follow local and CDC guidelines. Retreat is a time for solitude, silence and prayer.  You may wish to focus on Scripture or a spiritual book; you…

Evenings of Contemplative Prayer (online)
September 11, 2023 - May 20, 2024

Join us for a simple time of quiet presence to the merciful heart of God within us and within our broken/blessed world.  We will share the gift of silence with a guided invitation to prayer, and the availability of supportive practices.

This Fragment of Hope: A Retreat Day for Women Veterans
May 4, 2024

May flowers invite us to exult in the blooms that stir our hope.  We ponder the mystery revealed by a clump of irises, which will cease to flower unless the clustered roots are distributed.  On this day when the world bursts with color, we will hold one another in the…

7-Day Directed Silent Retreat
June 14 - 21, 2024

In sustained stillness, silt has time to settle and the water becomes clear.  Rest can mend the tired mind and weary bones.  Like Elijah, you can at last hear God in the still, small whisper.  Knowing that others are around you, also in silence, provides a sustaining community. You are…