Spiritual Animation

Welcome! This page is dedicated to highlighting different types of Spiritual materials to inform and strengthen our spiritual lives. Some of the offerings may be specifically geared towards Consecrated Religious Life but most will be of interest to any “spiritual seeker.” This is just the beginning and we hope to share various media recommendations such as: videos, on-line retreats and learning experiences, music, books, also links to daily/Sunday liturgies and inspirational music videos.

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For the Year of St. Joseph (includes printable prayer service and St. Joseph bookmark)

Pope Francis Announces Year of St. Joseph for 2021 (45 min.)

New Section: Podcasts

There are some interesting podcasts on a website called The Spiritual Edge, from NPR. They are part of a series called sacred steps. (a podcast is simply a digital audio file, like listening to a radio program before we had television).

The first podcast I would like to mention is an interview with two Sisters of Mercy who speak about their work with detained immigrants. Sister Joann Perch, RSM is 85 years of age and Sister Pat Murphy, RSM is 90 and between them they have been arrested half a dozen times. Click this link

The second podcast is an interview with Sr. Dianna Ortiz an American Ursuline Sister who was missioned in Guatemala in 1989. She was kidnapped, raped and tortured by Guatemalan Military members before she was able to escape and flee to safety.

Portions of this podcast are difficult to hear but necessary to the narrative. It describes her faith struggle and explains how it led her to find her own voice and become a voice for other victims of torture. Click the link here.

If you want to listen to a podcast: Make sure the volume is up on the computer. Double click your mouse on the bolded link This should take you to the correct page. Under the photo there is a black rectangular box with an arrow & the story title Click on the arrow and it should start the audio.

Individual viewing- on

YouTube unless otherwise noted

To access the following on your smart TV, simply press the microphone on your Comcast Xfinity remote and read the title, ending with “on YouTube.”

Cry of the Earth, Cry of the poor: Introduction to Laudato Si’. Daniel P. Horan. OFM (1hour)

Ask the Beasts: Spirituality and the Evolving Earth. Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ. (1hr. 8 min. if Q&A skipped)

Loving the Dust We Are– Franciscan Spirituality and Justice for All God’s Creatures Daniel P. Horan, OFM (1 hr. 9min. If  Q&A skipped).

The 12 Principles. Thomas Berry (1 hr. 18 min.)

Pope Francis Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ (closed captioned)

What is Faith? Margaret Silf. St. Paul’s Cathedral (1hour)

The Peace that Surpasses Understanding. Dr. James Finley. (53 min.)

The Heart of Compassion. Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault. (20 min.)

God, Evolution and the Power of Love, Part 2.1. Ilia Delio  (57 min.) Center for Christogenesis. Fast Forward to 16 min. 56 sec. to bypass an initial Q & A section.

How The Church Can Combat Racism And White Privilege. Bryan Massingale, SJ (25 min.)

Discovering St. Joseph. Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J. (57 min.)

Why St. Joseph Is The Saint We Need in 2021. Fr. James Martin, SJ (6 ½ min.)

St. Joseph- Protector, Part 1.  Fr. Richard McAlear, OMI. (25 min.)

Contemplation in the Midst of Chaos Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB (14 min.)

Contemplation and Action. Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB (20 min.)

Universal Christ by Richard Rohr, OSF. (60 min.)

Prophetic Faith in the Face of Fear by Daniel P. Horan, OFM. (78 min.)

Prayer Aids

A Lord’s Prayer for Justice. Ron Rolheiser, OMI

Under the Weeping Beech. Prayer video from the Jesuit Retreat House, Wernersville, PA

Pencil Preaching by Pat Marrin  

MinuteMeditations Franciscan Media

On-line retreats

Day programs, weekend and longer retreats


Villa Pauline Retreat and Spiritual Center Mendham, New Jersey

(approximately 70 miles from Philadelphia/1.5 hours by car)

Villa Pauline Retreat and Spiritual Center is offering 6-8 day summer retreats for Lay women and men, Religious women and men, Priests, and anyone desiring to deepen their relationship with God. ($ – $$$$)

For more information about retreats and their cost contact: Call 973-738-4266 Sister Marie Pauline, Director

Francis House of Prayer Allentown, New Jersey 08501

One Day Prayer Offerings for November

(approximately 35 miles from Philadelphia/1 hour by car)

All of the following are listed on the same page which also contains the registration link.

ADVENT RETREAT DAY: Monday, November 29, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Donation: $35, includes lunch and book: Thomas Merton’s Advent and Christmas; Zoom: $20.

LET’S FOCUS ON HOPE. Tuesday, November 30, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Led by JoLynn Krempecki, M.A.  Donation: $25, includes lunch; Zoom $20.


Cranaleith Spiritual Center. Somerton Section of Philadelphia.

Click on titles to register and for more details.

The Waiting Earth: An Eco-spiritual Advent Retreat Series, part 1 (online)Nicholas Collura. November 29 – December 20, 2021. Date and time details: Mondays, November 29, December 6, 13 and 20, 2021, 7-8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. $15 per evening.

Retreat Centers at a Distance

Mercy by the Sea   Madison, CT

(approximately 180 miles from Philadelphia /3.5 hours by car)

Mercy by the Sea believes in the sacred nature of the individual and all of creation. Our programs, retreats and events encourage individuals to listen into and trust the still inner voice.

up to-$$$$     Directed, Themed and Private Retreats 

$        Short, On-line Programs

Gonzaga Eastern Point Retreat House Gloucester, MA (approximately 335 miles from Philadelphia/6 hours)

$$ – $$$$       Directed, Guided and Private Retreats