Our Presenters 2019-2020

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Helen David Brancato, IHM

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Helen David Brancato, IHM

Helen David Brancato, IHM is a  painter, printmaker and illustrator whose work carries themes of justice, peace and homelessness.

Sharon Browning

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Sharon Browning

Sharon Browning is currently working on the JUST Listening Project, fostering social and personal change and transformation through just and effective communication.

Maria DiBello, RSM

Spiritual Director & Presenter

Maria DiBello, RSM

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.

Marie Michele Donnelly, RSM

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Marie Michele Donnelly, RSM

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.

Marie Ann Ellmer, RSM

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Marie Ann Ellmer, RSM

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

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Mary Pat Garvin, RSM

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.

Scott Hutchinson

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Scott Hutchinson

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.

Catherine Maguire, RSM

Spiritual Director & Presenter

Catherine Maguire, RSM

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.

Mary Anne Nolan, RSM

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Mary Anne Nolan, RSM

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 O’Connell, Ph.D.

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Maureen O’Connell, Ph.D.

Maureen H. O’Connell is chair the Department of Religion at LaSalle University where she is also an associate professor of Christian Ethics.

Theresa O′Connor

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Theresa O′Connor

Theresa is a self-employed Positive Psychology Professional Coach, whose psychotherapy and systems background is put to good use within a coaching model.

Br. Mickey O’Neill McGrath, OSFS

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Br. Mickey O’Neill McGrath, OSFS

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, LCSW

Garden Coordinator/Kitchen Manager/Therapist/Presenter

Leslie Porreca, RSM, LCSW

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

Program Director & Presenter

Bernadette Rudolph

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.

Aronda Smith-Benson

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Aronda Smith-Benson

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.

Ruth Picozzi

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Ruth Picozzi

Ruth Picozzi has led historic tours of Cranaleith, and has a strong interest in the local roots of the Women's Suffrage Movement.

Ellen Murray, RSM

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Ellen Murray, RSM

Ellen Murray, RSM‘s area of research is focused on Christian spirituality and medieval women mystics with particular attention to Catherine of Siena.

Jackie Newns

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Jackie Newns

Jaclyn Newns is the Director of Campus Ministry at Chestnut Hill College. 

Phyllis Strock

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Phyllis Strock

Phyllis Strock is a practitioner of sound healing. Using Tibetan and crystal bowls, chant, and sound, she leads people to inner peace and discovery.

Audrey Garrett

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Audrey Garrett

Audrey Garrett is an artist who practices meditation. She seeks to explore and encourage our connections to nature and to each other through sound meditation, movement, and visual art.

LaVerne King, RSM

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LaVerne King, RSM

LaVerne King, RSM’s teaching and administration career has taken her to schools in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida and Delaware.

Kathleen McAlpin, RSM

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Kathleen McAlpin, RSM

Kathleen McAlpin, RSM, has served as a spiritual director and retreat director for more than 30 years.