Crafton to Lead Quiet Day
St. Mary's Conference Center, –
Barbara Cawthorne Crafton will lead the annual Quiet Day Retreat at St. Mary’s Conference Center on August 28. She is an Episcopal priest, author, and head of Geranium Farm, an online institute for the promotion of spiritual growth. The Farm publishes her Almost-Daily eMo, a meditation read online by tens of thousands worldwide. She is currently interim rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Metuchen, N.J., and has served a number of
churches, including historic Trinity Church, Wall Street, St. John's-in-the-Village in Greenwich Village, St. Clement's in Manhattan's theatre district and St. James, the American church in Florence. She was a maritime chaplain on the New York waterfront, and served as a chaplain at Ground Zero after the attack on the World Trade Center. A spiritual director, Crafton leads retreats and teaches throughout the United States and abroad.
Her many books include books of essays (The Sewing Room, Yes! We'll Gather at the River, Some Things You Just have to Live With); books of daily meditations (Let Us Bless the Lord (Vols 1-4); Meditations on the Psalms, Finding Time for Serenity, and several others; a book of poetry (Blessed Paradoxes); a book about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the
aftermath of the World Trade Center bombing (Mass in Time of War); and, most recently, a book about how people of faith experience depression (Jesus Wept: When Faith and Depression Meet). At present, she is working on a book about aging, which will be published next spring.