Helen David Brancato, IHM is a painter, printmaker and illustrator whose work carries themes of justice, peace and homelessness.
Our Presenters 2019-2020
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Megan Brown, RSM is a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English, a master's degree in Pastoral Counseling and a doctor of ministry degree in Applied Ministries.
Sharon Browning is currently working on the JUST Listening Project, fostering social and personal change and transformation through just and effective communication.
Patti self-published a women's planner/journal titled Please Pass the Gravy. One day, following both an employment and address change, she tried to stay in a place of gratitude by writing a journal entry that ended with “tuG” (short for thank you God).
Rev. Alison Cornish is the Executive Director of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, a statewide organization that supports congregations and individuals to respond to climate change.
Maria DiBello, RSM is a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. 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.
Marie Michele Donnelly, RSM is a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. She has extensive experience offering preached retreats to parishes, school faculties, ministry groups, ecumenical groups and religious communities.
Author, public speaker and educator Christine Marie Eberle passionately explores the connections between Scripture, spirituality and everyday life.
Marie Ann Ellmer, RSM is a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. An accomplished musician, Marie Ann plays organ, piano and guitar, and directs choirs, instrumentalists and hand bells.
Mary Pat Garvin, RSM is a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Mary Pat ministered for twenty years with national and international conferences of religious, as well as with over 50 religious congregations throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Marisa Guerin, Ph.D. is the retired President of Guerin Management Consulting, Inc. She is a highly regarded consultant who has worked with the executives and leadership teams of over 50 client organizations: corporations, family businesses, non-profits, and religious organizations.
Scott Hutchinson has been a pastor in the United Church of Christ for 29 years. In addition to the thrill of proclaiming the gospel and the privilege of pastoral care, he loves to teach and learn the ways of forgiveness and peace-building.
Cathy Maguire RSM, a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, has over 20 years of experience in non-profit management, as well as program development and delivery.
Gigi McGraw is a performance artist, cultural preservationist and public presenter with a Master’s Degree in theater from Villanova University.
Mary Anne Nolan, RSM is a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Her most recent ministry has been as Co-Director of Mercy Spiritual Ministries, a mobile ministry of the Sisters of Mercy.
Maureen H. O’Connell is chair the Department of Religion at LaSalle University where she is also an associate professor of Christian Ethics.
Theresa is a self-employed Positive Psychology Professional Coach, whose psychotherapy and systems background is put to good use within a coaching model.
In a nutshell, I paint, write, and tell stories- and then travel all over the place telling the stories behind what I paint and write.
Leslie Porreca, RSM is a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. She has been called to minister as a clinical social work therapist, artist, garden-farmer and environmental advocate. She is head of Cranaleith's Contemplative Ecology initiatives.
Bernadette Rudolph is spending her adult life endlessly exploring how God is mixed up in human lives and trying to help others see it as well.
Marlene Skrobak holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Holistic Spirituality as well as certificates in various healing modalities.
Aronda Smith-Benson is an honorably discharged Army veteran, founder and president of the Women Veteran Command Center and owner of Aronda Enterprises LLC, an executive coaching and consulting firm.
Wini Wolff is an organizational consultant, group facilitator and personal coach, with an MBA in international economic development and an MA in theology.
Kathleen Sprows Communings is an author and expert in the history of women, Catholicism, sainthood and American religion.