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Celebrat ing 100 years

capture our history | re-invigorate our spirituality | celebrate our mission | preserve our legacy A Publication of Malvern Retreat House

Communion Mass and Luncheon

From left to right - James A. Fitzsimmons, President; Malvern’s two St. Joseph the Worker Medal recipients, George Weigel and John Smithson; Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap.; Bishop Louis A. DeSimone; Bishop Daniel E. Thomas; Francis J. Marx, Sr., Chairman; and Rev. Charles Zlock, Rector.


n honor of our centennial, Malvern Retreat House has established the St. Joseph the Worker Medal to recognize individuals committed to the highest professional standards who have reached significant achievements and have the strongest moral compass that reflects their Catholic faith.

Our inaugural 2012 St. Joseph the Worker Medal recipients are: George Weigel, Catholic theologian, author and ethicist, and John W. Smithson, Sr. Vice President, St. Joseph’s University. The awards were presented as part of our 100th Anniversary Communion Mass and Luncheon celebration, which was held this year on Sunday, October 28.

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Over 500 retreatants and friends of Malvern attended the celebration, which began with 11:00 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of SS Peter and Paul, celebrated by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia. It began with an entrance procession of representatives from all the retreat groups bearing banners with their retreat insignias, and an honor guard provided by the Knights of Columbus, the Knights of Malta and the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. The Mass was followed by a luncheon at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. Thank you to our

Inside the Issue President’s Letter  2 In the News  3 100 Years of Good Deeds 4 Father Zlock! 5 Men of Malvern Upcoming Retreats5 Development News 6 Retreats & Events 8 Profiles in Faith 9 In Memoriam 10 A Legacy of Time  11

Above left: Board Member, Jacqueline J. Delaney, doing a reading at the Communion Mass. Above right: The Honor Guard provided by the Knights of Columbus, the Knights of Malta, and the Knights of Immaculata.

Board members: Thomas R. Keiser and Michael T. McGinn, who served as event co-chairs, and Pat Ciarrocchi, who served as mistress of ceremonies for the luncheon. We were left with much to think about as we heard addresses by our Archbishop and award winners, culminating in the keynote address by George Weigel, who encouraged us to bear witness to our Catholic Faith in the culture of today, emphasizing that, as we begin this Year of Faith, the future of the Catholic Church lies with us, the lay faithful. This reinforces the visionary leadership of Malvern’s founders 100 years ago in forming the Layman’s Retreat League. Archbishop Chaput referred to the founders’ emphasis on lay leadership as “a great model for today, ” adding that, “It is important that the [lay] faithful in the Church use their creativity out of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that will evangelize the world of the 21st Century.”

Veterans Day Memorial and Dedication On Sunday, November 11, as part of Malvern Retreat House’s 100th Anniversary Celebration and Veterans Day Observance, we dedicated a tree in honor of our Military, Police, Fire, Peace Officers and Emergency Responders, past and present. continued on page 3 »

President’s Letter Dear Retreatants: On my coffee table at home I have Tom Brokaw’s book, The Greatest Generation. It is a wonderful view of our country and the men and women who built it into a great nation and world power. You see vividly the pictures of great loss, sacrifice, challenges and accomplishments of “America’s citizen heroes.” It is a true snapshot of many of our best qualities and successes. I just reread the history of Malvern that will appear in our 100th Anniversary yearbook, and I am reminded of how the men and women of Malvern are also unquestionably a true example of “The Greatest Generation.” We c e l e b r a t e d , t h i s October 28, our 100th Anniversary Communion Mass and Luncheon, to give thanks to God for His many blessings on our ministry. Our own greatest generation started with one man’s vision for a retreat ministr y for the Philadelphia area. It survived two world wars and numerous regional wars and conflicts, a depression, cultural upheaval and now a great recession. A century later it ends with a ministry that has lasted 100 years, hosted over 1.2 million retreatants, and welcomed individuals from all 50 states and eight countries. Over the last six years, we have averaged more than 20,000 retreatants annually. What a blessing and what a responsibility as we continue this legacy of faith, and help our Archdiocese and all dioceses we work alongside to re-evangelize the faithful retreatants in their parish community.

In order to meet the demands of our work , and address the facility needs and programmatic issues of our ministry, I am proud to announce that Malvern will begin a Capital Campaign to raise $2.7 million to upgrade and renovate Saint Joseph’s Hall and establish a fund to enhance our ability to recruit outstanding retreat directors to enhance our retreat offerings. To date, we have raised $1.5 million during a more silent campaign and I am happy to report that the enthusiasm and interest in supporting Malvern is impressive. It is our belief that the men and women who built and sustained Malvern all these years should be able to enjoy our residence halls by modernizing our facilities with upgraded elevators, electric wiring, plumbing, air conditioning and heating systems. We think these amenities will enhance their experience as they come to us to reflect, refresh and rejoice in their faith. I am hopeful that we can all join in this effort to prepare our ministry for the challenges we face in recruiting new retreatants and sustaining older retreatants to help them grow in their faith. Our capital campaign, “Professing Our Beliefs…Living Our Traditions,” will kick-start a multi-year effort to help us re-evangelize our members to live out their lives as a Bold Proclamation of their faith. I hope you will join us as we continue the traditions of The Greatest Generation to make that selfless gift to our campaign to bolster our ministry, secure our financial

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future and advance our ministry to bring more people to Christ through a retreat experience. May God Bless you and your family through the year and may St Joseph, our patron, extend to you all the blessings of much happiness, good health and prosperity.


James A. Fitzsimmons President

Prosit Published three times a year Francis J. Marx Sr., Chairman James A. Fitzsimmons, President Linda Brooke, Editor 315 S. Warren Avenue P.O. Box 315 l Malvern, PA 19355 610-644-0400 Vol 73, No. 2 Fall 2012 Malvern Retreat House is owned and operated by Catholic Lay Leadership since 1912, Malvern is the largest Catholic retreat house in the country. We host 20,000 people annually at 250 retreats on 125 acres in beautiful Chester County. We invite you to find a spiritual retreat that’s right for you.

Reflect, Refresh and Rejoice

In the News St. Joseph Dedication

RPS Continues to Expand

A long-standing Malvern tradition involves celebrating a Remembrance Mass in September, so that fellow ret reat a nt s a nd fa m i ly members of those who have passed away over the last year can come together in faith to honor those departed.

Big numbers can mean big time constraints. For the 47 Men of Malvern groups, with their nearly 1,700 captains and recruiters, corralling about 12,000 men planning their annual spiritual retreat, life is becoming a little simpler.

This year, in memory of Bill and Sallye McCormick and deceased Epiphany retreatants, there was a special dedication of the St. Joseph the Worker statue. The new statue was donated by the McCormick family, who were joined by nearly 200 people for a blessing ceremony and outdoor Mass with our Rector, Fr. Charles Zlock.

Phase II training began in June and introduced features such as online registration, selecting room and Adoration assignments, and making a pledge using a debit or credit card.

St. Joseph the Worker—the face of our retreat house for the next century—is Malvern’s patron and the patron saint of workers.

The Retreat Processing System (RPS) software system makes the recruiting job much easier and less time consuming for two reasons: 1) online registrations for retreatants with computers, and 2) realtime reports and registrations for recruiters, even if they don’t have a computer.

The next phase will allow retreatants to pre-register and pre-pay for the next year’s retreat while on retreat and anytime thereafter. They can also choose monthly debit and credit card deductions leading up to the next year’s retreat. “Recruiters rave about the new system,” says David White, Assistant to the President. “The challenge now is to get more recruiters with email to login and see for themselves.”

Welcome Aboard Two New Captains Jim Reif, Chester County Group— Predecessor: Kurt Hesser (6 years)

Jerry Tadley, D.O., Holy Spirit Group— Predecessor: Dominick Bucciarelli (5 years)

Jim has been a Man of Malvern for 10 years. He is a research/ development chemist and emergency medical technician (EMT)/ HazMat responder with TEVA pharmaceuticals. He is a volunteer EMT for East Brandywine Fire Company, Bishop Shanahan High School Rugby Club and his son’s rugby club at Drexel University. He is a Red Cross CPR instructor and First Aid merit badge instructor for Chester County Boy Scouts and Philadelphia Cradle of Liberty Council. Jim and his wife, Anne, have five children and two grandchildren.

Jerry is following in his father’s footsteps, who was a Man of Malvern for over 25 years, as was Jerry’s father-in-law. Seven years ago, Jerry brought out a group of men from Our Lady of Good Council parish in Southampton to the Holy Spirit retreat in January. He has continued assuming leadership positions ever since. Jerry is a native Philadelphian, graduate of University of Scranton, and affiliated with Einstein Hospital. Jerry’s been married for 27 years and is the father of three daughters.

Veterans Day Memorial and Dedication

Winning Woman of Malvern

continued from cover » The tree, planted in Veterans/Service Memorial

Plaza, is accompanied by a plaque that reads: This Tree is Dedicated in Honor of the Brave Men and Women of our Military, Police, Fire, Peace Officers and Emergency Responders who Protect Our Freedoms and Our Families. November 11, 2012. We are grateful to the Color Guard from the ROTC program at Pennsylvania State University, Abington. Also on hand were two Philadelphia Firemen, Captain Robert W. Brennan and Firefighter John Bondiskey; Philadelphia Police Officer Christopher Clemens, and Parks Service Officer John Ault from Gettysburg National Military Park.

Marie Travaline received Malvern’s prestigious Chairman’s Award for her outstanding leadership efforts to encourage women from the former Dominican Retreat House in Elkins Park to come to Malvern to continue to enjoy the unique blessings of spiritual retreats. Marie’s Woman of Malvern group of 75, Domenica Women, is in its sixth year, meeting the first weekend in March. It is one of a dozen Women of Malvern groups, which now include retreats for women in recovery. Newcomers are always welcome. | Fall 2012 | Prosit 3

100 Years of Good Deeds Service and Donations Ensure our Future As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace (1 Peter 4:10) Our organization’s existence, development and success have been intricately tied to our volunteers—the lifeblood of Malvern since its inception. If you can help strengthen our mission, we hope you will let us know.

Practical gifts of time and talent range from office support and computer technology to painting, plumbing and electricity. And there are plenty of outdoor opportunities such as carpentry, roofing, brickwork, landscaping and clean-up days.

100 Years Video Watch a new video on our website: 100 Years: Celebrating a Legacy of Faith that is the Malvern Retreat House

We are also searching for a new or used replacement cargo or passenger van. Our Rector, Fr. Zlock, also has a request for donations to upgrade our inventory of priests’ vestments, altar cloths, and matching color banners. Our hope is that by lending a hand to our community, you will benefit as well. Prosit!

Boy Scouts Make a Difference

Board Contributions Continue

Malvern benefitted from two projects in recent months completed by Boy Scout Troop 181. On your next visit, we hope you’ll enjoy a walk along Stations of the Cross on Path A—where the scouts have beautifully renovated works of art depicting Christ’s Passion. The Stations are on the serene grounds between Corrigan and St. Joseph’s Halls. All 14 stations are now available for dedication in honor of a loved one. The scouts also moved an Agony in the Garden statue to its new home near the McShain-Horstmann Family Life Center. They created a gracefully landscaped area in the woods around the statue for quiet contemplation time during retreats. We are g ratef u l to Eagle Scouts’ John Bravacos and Stephen Christner for their hard work. Both projects have enhanced Malvern’s mission of serving the spiritual needs of lay men and women by helping us maintain our 125 acres in order to provide serene spaces for quiet reflection, prayer and faith-sharing.

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Malvern has been blessed by many talented retreatants and board members who continue to offer their services at cost, reduced prices, or even gratis. Duane McCarthy (second from left) is one example. He and his sons have worked on many landscaping and shrine restoration projects, including our new St. Joseph the Worker statue (see cover story). An Atlarge Executive Committee member of the Board of Directors, McCarthy is a 30-year retreatant with Men of Malvern’s Most Blessed Sacrament Group, and has passed on the tradition with two of his seven children, Duane Jr. (right) and Alexander (not shown).

Father Zlock! Fr. Charles Zlock Rector

“consider” questions and issues that this raises such as:

1. W hat am I looking at? 2. H  ow do I deal with a desire for a deeper spiritual and prayer life? 3. W hat do I do first in my life? What do I do next?

Dear Friends in Christ and St. Joseph:

The Examined Life

Probably the most enjoyable facet of my assignment as the new Rector of Malvern is my interaction with people as they spend time here on retreats. We have been examining this year’s Ignatian theme, “Created for the Glory and Praise of God.” They carve time out of busy schedules because they know that the “cost-benefit analysis” tips very favorably in the direction of a person who is more integrated, peaceful, healthy and happy. To help in this venture, my presentations on the theme have focused on Ignatius’ idea of the “examined life.”

Considering Contemporary Spirituality The significant, current interest in “spirituality” shows that people are looking for a “something” which will lead to a holistic life that integrates the human, intellectual, spiritual and charitable aspects of our lives. They

This is the challenge, according to Jesuit Father Joseph Tetlow, of living “an examined life.” It involves going from year to year, reflecting on:

• Convictions by which we live (religious, political, social, economic, relational) • Validity of these convictions • Roots of these convictions in our lives • Are our convictions pleasing or repellant to Jesus Christ? “Consideration” or “discernment of spirits” or “the examined life” are all phrases of Ignatian spirituality. They touch upon the practice of allowing ourselves to be guided in a focused relationship with Christ. This helps us discern the Holy Spirit within us as well as examining other internal “spirits,” both positive and negative. We also consider where, and in which capacity, the Lord is calling us to serve.

Spiritual Maturity and Engagement for the Kingdom How are our internal ref lections manifested in concrete actions? Fresh movements of the Holy Spirit are being seen throughout the Church. The Church Ministry Institute of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is one example. The Called and Gifted Discernment Process from the Catherine of Siena Institute is another with which I am familiar. Catholic Leadership Institute’s Tending the Talents is a way that parishes are collectively beginning to “consider” how the Lord is calling their community of believers to serve within the context of the “New Evangelization.” There are numerous opportunities out there. Pray. Find one. Just get started! The Lord will lead you from there.

Men of Malvern Upcoming Retreats Schedule Returning retreatants and newcomers are invited to attend any of the retreats below. Call 610-644-0400 or visit Date Group

Retreat Director(s)

Date Group

Retreat Director(s)

12/7 1/4 1/11 1/18 1/25 2/1 2/10

Fr. Smiech & Fr. O’Donnell Fr. Putthoff & Fr. Byron Fr. Bennett & Fr. Breighner Fr. Zlock & Fr. Bonanno Fr. O’Donnell & Fr. Boever Fr. McShea & Msgr. Marino Fr. O’Donnell & Fr. Boever

2/22 3/1 3/8 3/15 3/22

PECO/Good Shepherd Pope Pius XII Holy Family Caenaculum Palm Sunday

Fr. Zlock Fr. Esposito & Fr. Breighner Fr. Breighner Fr. Esposito & Fr. Zlock Fr. Gaffney & Fr. Breighner


Celebration of Christ’s Holy Passion

Fr. Zlock

Immaculate Conception Epiphany Our Lady of Fatima SS Peter & Paul Holy Spirit St. Blaise St. John Neumann | Fall 2012 | Prosit 5

Development News A Time to Renew Michael Norton Director of Development

Stop the presses! Here is some really big news from Malvern Retreat House. The silent phase of our Capital Campaign was very successful; in fact, we raised over half of our Phase I goal of $2.7 million.

Archbishop Chaput, in a letter of support of Malvern, may have said it best when he stated that, “Malvern Retreat House is a jewel in the crown of spirituality in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.” In his homily at our 100th Anniversary Mass, the Archbishop challenged us to look and see how the Lord is calling us to secure its future and advance the retreat ministry at Malvern. We committed to this capital campaign after prayerfully reflecting on our past 100 years, and then, looking toward our future. It is very clear that we need to modernize and refurbish our facilities so we can continue to serve our retreatants and provide the best experience to all those who come to Malvern to spend some quiet time with the Lord. Our plans call for adding elevators, replacing the electrical service, upgrading the plumbing, and adding air conditioning to Saint Joseph’s, Corrigan and Our Lady’s Halls. Our needs are divided into three phases, with Phase I, the current focus of our campaign efforts, being the refurbishing of Saint Joseph’s Hall. We are proud to share that through the generosity of some early leadership gifts, Malvern is more than halfway towards its Phase I goal of $2.7 million. In January, 2013, we will publically announce our Capital Campaign Plans. Included in the announcement will be information on how you can join in this important effort. Our Goal is to raise the additional $1.2 million by August 23, 2013, which marks the 100th Anniversary of our first weekend. We are calling on the Women and Men of Malvern to support this campaign as we honor our past and ensure the future of your beloved retreat house. With your help we will set a strong foundation for Malvern’s next 100 years.

Malvern has been blessed with many wonderful gifts of art over the years, including many oil paintings from the 18th-20th centuries. Our awe inspiring collection of holy art reflects the birth, beauty and faith of our Catholic beliefs.

We invite our members and friends to sponsor restoration by adopting a painting.

Our 2012 Retreat theme captures the essence of Malvern, “Created for the Praise and Glory of God.” With 18 retreat houses closing in the last five years, it is only through the Grace of our Lord and our retreatants’ continuous support that Malvern has reached an inspiring 100-year milestone of bringing people closer to Christ. We carry on the mission of our Founders—still relevant today—to offer a place where people can come to reflect, refresh and rejoice in their faith. Reflecting on our unique history, we are in deep gratitude to our retreatants for helping us with our impressive list of accomplishments: · t he country’s largest lay owned retreat house · serving over 20,000 retreatants annually · ministering to 1.2 million retreatants · offering 250 retreats each year · creating programs for men, women, married couples, families, high school students, young adults, people in recovery and other special needs groups · r emarkable care of 125 acres, seven buildings, and accommodations for up to 400 people While it is enjoyable to look back, we also need to keep an eye towards our future. We must raise the funds required to meet our annual operating expenses. Success has many partners. We hope you will reflect on how your retreat experience has impacted your life and partner with us for our future together.


Malvern’s art is hung throughout our facilities for all to experience, but like all artwork, there comes a time for cleaning and restoration. The time has come for our collection.

Your Gift makes Malvern Possible

St. Sebastian in St. Joseph Hall is one of fourteen paintings to be adopted for restoration. Restoration cost: $2,500

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An annual gift from our retreatants and friends of Malvern helps us bridge the gap between our retreat income and total operating expenses. With your gift, we can continue our Founders’ goal of serving “the spiritual needs of lay men and women of all ages”… by providing… “a place of hospitality in a unique and peaceful environment.”

Welcome Three New Board Members

Christmas Gifts

Malvern is pleased to welcome three new board members to our 21-member Board of Directors.


Gift Certificates ($15, $20 or $40) for Art Demonstrations

Blessing Tree Ornament

Personalized inscription on heart, stocking or snowflake ceramic ornament, blessed during ceremony at First Sunday of Advent “Blessing Tree Remembrance” ceremony for loved ones. Kevin Brady, Ph.D., president and founder of the American Institute for History Education and prolific author on teaching history and developing curricula for various levels of education. Jacqueline Delaney, board member of many prestigious Catholic organizations and graduate of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Church Ministry Institute. Michael O’Mara, partner at Stradley Ronon, and development advisor y council for the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

Executive Committee Board Francis J. Marx Sr., Chairman; John J. Kozakowski, Vice Chairman; Michael T. McGinn, Treasurer; Thomas R. Keiser, Assistant Treasurer; Francis S. Barrett Jr., Secretary; and Duane C. McCarthy, At-large committee member. Board of Directors Joseph J. Capista Sr., Dominick X. Centurioni, Joseph R. Ferdinand, Pat Ciarrocchi Fineman, Frank W. Houder, Stephen L. MacNamee Jr., Michael T. McGinn, James M. McMonagle, Joseph M. Nardi III, and Donald W. Nicholson.

“My faith is invigorated in all aspects of my life—home, work and family as a result of making a yearly retreat at Malvern. Every year I come away with a renewed sense of peace and of God’s Presence in my life” -Chris Parker

Retreat Gift Certificates

Purchase full price or contribute towards a loved one’s spiritual countryside getaway. Call 610-644-0400.

Specialty License Plate

A $30 one-time fee, featuring Malvern name and new logo. For PA residents with valid driver’s license and registered motor vehicle. Call 484-321-2512

100th Anniversary Yearbook Ad

Take a special page in history and be part of Malvern’s legacy with a personal or professional advertisement in this coffee table edition. This keepsake will be part of Malvern’s Time Capsule— to be opened in another 100 years! For more information, call 484-321-2544 or email Michele at | Fall 2012 | Prosit 7

Retreats & Events Advent Day of Recollection In the midst of preparing for Christmas, our one-day retreat is an opportunity, on Wed., Dec. 5, to prayerfully prepare for Christmas. Join Fr. Chris Walsh, who led retreats and days of recollection throughout the country. A $40 fee includes continental breakfast and a sit-down lunch.

Join Timothy Gray, Ph.D., Dec 14-16, as he explores “A Faith Worth Dying For.” Dr. Gray is a nationally renowned modern day scripture scholar and popular Catholic author. He is president of a dynamic new institute—the Augustine Institute in Colorado—dedicated to the New Evangelization and renewal of Catholic education.

Valentine Eve of Reflection

Spirit Power Retreat Enjoy a day of inspirational words, healing prayer, speakers, and Mass as we get ready to celebrate the feast of Our Lady. On Fri., Dec. 7, join Retreat Directors Marty Rotella, Anna Iatesta, and Anne McGlone. A $45 fee includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Biblical Reflections for Year of Faith

On Sunday, February 10, there will be a candlelight dinner for couples. Dinner will be followed by an inspirational talk and Mass directed by Fr. Chris Walsh. There will also be an opportunity for married couples to renew their vows. Cost: $100.00 per couple. To register, please email or call us at 610-644-0400.

Ash Wednesday

If life is a journey of faith—where are you? Mov i ng for wa rd? Derailed? Lost? The best c at a ly st for renewing one’s faith and spiritual life is the Word of God. Learn how Scripture can give you a significant energy boost and roadmap for living out your faith in your daily life.

Prepare for Lent with our one-day Ash Wednesday retreat for men and women in our Main Retreat House. Directed by Fr. Charles Zlock. This program runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Save Date the

Sun., Dec. 2, 2012 Blessing Tree Ceremony & Reception St. Joseph’s Hall Sun., Dec. 9, 2012 Closing Ceremony of 100th Anniversary Immaculate Conception Retreat Group Wed., Jan. 30, 2013 Sun., Feb. 3, 2013 2nd Annual Art Show & Sale at Malvern 100 professional artists, wine & cheese Social Night and demonstrations Matiko Mamaladze demonstrating her palate knife painting technique.

Celebrating 100 Years of Spiritual and Physical Growth—1912 to 2012 1912 First site at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary 1922 Relocation to Chester County

1940 Corrigan Hall built

1948 Memorial Hall Dining Room built (seating 300)

1925 1954 St. Mary’s (now St. Our Lady’s, Assumption & Joseph’s) Hall built Immaculate Conception Halls built

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1954 St. Joseph’s Hall fire. Rebuilt with 3rd floor addition. 1965 Cabrey Hall built

2003 McShain-Horstmann Family Life Center built

1972 2012 Mary and John McShain Malvern Retreat House’s Conference Center built 100th Anniversary

Profiles in Faith Journey to Diamond Jubilee Reflecting back on his 75-year involvement at Malvern, Joe O’Donnell relayed how it all began in 1937. He was 16 and his father insisted that he go on a retreat—something new the Laymen’s Retreat League was trying for teens. O’Donnell enjoyed the experience so much that he joined his father’s Six-Three Group and they went together each year on the third week in June. In 1940, his father passed away suddenly, but O’Donnell went on retreat anyway that year. He’s had a special bond with the group ever since. O’Donnell has spent a lifetime in leadership and dedication to the advancement of the retreat apostolate. He was chairman of the retreat committee for nine years, served as C.A. Captain, and his Board membership for 42 years included becoming Malvern’s third President. He authored the first Captain’s

Workbook that still serves as Malvern’s recruiting model. “Joe is the first Man of Malvern to reach 75 consecutive years of annual retreats,” says David White, assistant to the president. “He’s won numerous awards, and just last year the President’s Room Hall of Fame was renamed after him as a way to show our heartfelt thanks for his lifetime of work.” For O’Donnell, it all boils down to one word: recruitment. “It’s the only thing that will keep Malvern Retreat House in existence,” he says. “Everyone has a best friend, so why not talk to him or her about the retreats?” Joe thinks it’s remarkable that lay people operate Malvern and, at 91, he’s still doing his part to encourage men, women and teens to spend a weekend strengthening their faith in God.

C.A. Captain Anthony DeCesaris presented Joe O’Donnell with his award at the Six-Three Group retreat in June.

A Life of Business, Entertainment & Retreats Don’t let his gentle, quiet demeanor fool you. Former board member John Harkins of Newtown Square is a bit of a serial entrepreneur. He has made an incredible impact economically and spiritually: creating jobs for 550 people in his three business ventures; and encouraging hundreds of friends and acquaintances to go on annual spiritual retreats. John is always thinking analytically, determining his one-year plan, five-year, etc., in business and on the spiritual side. Both sides began to take root at age 19, when John went on retreat with Plumbers Union Local 690. It was the politically correct thing to do. What he hadn’t expected was his attachment to Malvern and the life-long bonds he would develop over the next 58 years. He climbed from apprentice to journeyman to top gun for several businesses.

Never content, he opened Mechanical Contractors in 1966 in a row home in Good Shepherd Parish in Southwest Philadelphia. Twenty years later, it was a multi-million dollar success and the 35th largest in that U.S. industry. By 1988, he created Harkins Entertainment, offering corporate clients’ luxury box seating at pro football and baseball stadiums. A few years ago, he bought a home in Florida to be near his grandchildren. But he got restless. He read once that the key to retirement is that others need you. So, at age 76, he partnered with a “jeweler to the stars” who had been wiped out in a hurricane, and opened a store in Naples. But sales were down due to the recession so they added shoes and clothing. He likes creating things, so with the help of his daughter, he designed a website and even dresses—one of which landed in a Wall Street Journal article. John’s spirituality has always been a close companion to his professional growth. He has stayed focused on both over the years.

He often felt his prayers were answered, felt a special connection to Jesus Christ, and felt the need to behave in a Christian manner. Past board chairman Steve Tulli said, “John embodies the meaning of volunteerism— and giving back to Malvern is at its core. He takes ownership and responsibility. He rescued the Epiphany Group with his leadership in 1980 by applying his business sense to the rebuilding effort. It now draws 300 retreatants annually— with generous average contributions that exceeded the ‘ask’ amount. He lent his expertise on upgrading to efficient systems, construction issues, and hiring the first President. And, he personally mentored me during my 12 years as C.A. Captain and six years as Chairman of the Board. He walks the walk, philanthropically too, simply because he loves Malvern.” John says his generosity is to show his gratitude for what Malvern has meant to him and what it has done for his life. His hope is that others who have been fortunate will endow Malvern the way they should, as it moves forward into the next 100 years. | Fall 2012 | Prosit 9

In Memoriam In remembrance of the lives of our beloved members of the Malvern Retreat House community who passed away this past year. Please remember them and their families in your prayers. Mr.Edward A.Anderson Jr. Mr. Francis Beck Mr. Calvin F.Benfield Mr. George E. Berner Mr. Robert J. Bernhardt Mr. Albert J. Bova Mr. Harry C. Boyer III Mr. Thomas A. Brady Mr. Stephen F. Breen Mr. Walter J.Brinkman Mr. Edward J. Burleigh Mr. Joseph F. Butler Mr. Richard T. Byrnes Mr. Thomas J. Campbell Mr. Joseph D. Capriotti Mr. Carmine C. Catalana Mr. James J. Cattafesta Mr. Samuel A. Celia Mr. James W. Checket Mr. Ralph Ciniglia Sr. Mr. James E. Clardy Mr. Thomas J. Colaiezzi Mr. Edward J. Conran Mr. Michael Costigan Mr. James J. Craig Mr. Harry J. Cunningham Mr. Thomas R. D’Aurizio Mr. Domenic F. DeCesaris Mr. Carmen A. DiBenedetto Mr. Joseph P. Donahue Sr. Mr. Francis E.D’orazio Mr. Edward J. Dougherty Mr. John L. Duffy Sr. Mr. John Durkan Mr. Dominic R Falgiatore Mr. Cyril R Faust Dr. Edward F Flood, D.D.S. Mr. Anthony Forcinito Mr. John Ganzelli Sr. Mr. Robert Grasso Mr. Claudius A Greco Deacon Michael P Grogan Mr. Robert P Horn Mr. Harry E Irving Mr. Joseph L Jackson Mr. Robert J Jackson Mr. Walter Kay Mr. Eugene Keeney Mr. Francis X Kehoe Mr. Edwin S Ksensik Mr. Edward Kuczynski Mr. Mario F LaForgia Mr. James F Lane Mr. Harry W Leisner Mr. Patrick M Longenecker

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Mr. Edward Lysakowski Mr. E. Dennis Malloy Mr. Joseph Mastrando Mr. Benjamin J Matteo Mr. Thomas J McAteer Sr. Mr. Daniel J McCarthy Mr. John F McGuigan Mr. John J McKenna III Mr. Bernard A McManus Mr. Robert G Middleton Ms. Hyon C Miller Mr. William Moore Mr. Edward R Mullen Mr. James M Murphy Jr. Mr. Daniel J Murray Mr. Valentino W Nardo Jr. Mr. Gregory R O'Brien Jr. Mr. James F Paugh Mr. Francis J Petrone Mr. Harvey J Pike Mr. Anthony F Pileggi Mr. Joseph Priole Sr. Mr. Joseph A Procopio Mr. Thomas Quigley Mr. Joseph A Quinn Sr. Mr. Clarence N Rogers Mr. Francis J Rourke Mr. Gerald E Ryan Mr. Nicholas A Salvia Mr. George C Sapp Mr. Albert F Scarcelli Sr. Mr. Larry T Schnitzel Mr. William L Simone Mr. Anthony J Soprano Ms. Esther F Souders Mr. Julian R Stout Mr. William A Subers Mr. John F Thompson Mr. John J Volack Mr. Robert S Wanless Mrs. Grace Francis Ms. Mary Smith Ms. Rose Lucidi Mr. Edward J Garvin Ms. Anne D Dugan Sr. Mary Rita Martine SSJ Mr. Edward J O'Byrne Ms. Rosemarie Slavin Mr. William R Adrian Ms. Grace Francis Mr. James W Milice Mr. James W Milice Mr. Shaun Barton Ms. Eileen Ursino

Our Lady Queen of Peace Our Lady of Lourdes Saint Padre Pio L. J. Ferdinand-Hazleton Prosit Most Blessed Sacrament Our Lady of Sacred Heart Chester County Saint Padre Pio Our Lady of Lourdes Palm Sunday Our Lady of Lourdes St Joseph Our Lady of Perpetual Help Archbishop Fitzmaurice Archbishop Fitzmaurice Our Lady Queen of Peace Our Lady of Sacred Heart Our Lady of Lourdes Pius XII Caenaculum Christus Rex St Joseph St Joseph St Joseph Our Lady of Sacred Heart St Joseph St. Pius X St Joseph Our Lady of Fatima St Joseph Our Lady Queen of Peace St Blaise-Curran Memorial Legion of Mary Our Lady of Sacred Heart Nativity B.V.M. Celebration of Christ’s Holy Passion Edward J. Friel, Sr. Memorial Palm Sunday Our Lady of Peace League of Sacred Heart Furey Memorial - St. Gabriel Our Lady of Lourdes St. John N. Neumann St Blaise-Curran Memorial Most Blessed Sacrament

A Legacy in Time Many Milestones

The Laymen’s Retreat League congratulates the following Men of Malvern on having achieved these anniversary milestones. Our prayer is that they return year after year to St. Joseph-in-the-Hills.

50-Year Retreatants New service pins have been created to recognize our faithful retreatants who have achieved the outstanding milestones of attending annual retreats for 60, 70 and 75 years.

In Memoriam: Rep. Anthony Joseph Melio PA State Representative Anthony (Tony) Melio passed away on July 19. Rep. Melio served District 141, Bucks County for many years until he retired in 2010. Tony was a 36-year retreatant and former Captain of the John Neeson Memorial Group that later became the Padre Pio Group. Rep. John Calloway said, “Tony was a great man. One thing foremost, he was a man of faith. He lived a Christian life and personified Christianity in every aspect of his life.” A wonderful tribute to a man of public service and a Man of Malvern. Tony was 80 years old.

Interested in joining a retreat? For more information, please call (610) 644-0400 or email

Mr. Thomas G Roberts, Jr. Mr. Richard Dina

Our Lady Queen of Peace Chester County

July August

25-Year Retreatants Mr. Edward Bongard, Jr. Mr. Richard Dina Mr. John T Gerstemeier Mr. DJ Jackson Mr. Harry T Mirra Mr. Carlos A Delatorre, Sr. Mr. Manuel C Espejo Mr. Robert J Filliben, Jr. Mr. Nilo G Gamalinda Mr. Ferdinand G Luyun Mr. Michael F Carney Mr. Ronald Federico Mr. Robert E Gambardella Deacon Weston E Nellius Dr. Curtis E Wright Mr. Frank N Schlupp Mr. Steven P Cugine Mr. Robert Daisy Mr. Robert E Paglee Mr. John Panepinto, Jr. Mr. Michael P Trodden Mr. Gary J Greco Mr. Michael J Hughes Mr. Daniel W Laun, Jr. Mr. Mark Pinto Mr. Richard T DiBruno Mr. Ronald L Marcozzi Mr. Michael Sullivan Mr. Jerome M Maghee Mr. Salvatore F Palermo Mr. James M Kuzma Dr. Joseph A McCahon Mr. Joseph A McCahon, Jr. Mr. John J Crosson Mr. Robert Daisy Deacon Vincent J Thompson Mr. Joseph Gala Mr. John M Joyce Mr. Charles J McGovern Mr. Emil Pilacik Mr. Alvin M Raber

Celebration of Christ’s Holy Passion Celebration of Christ’s Holy Passion Celebration of Christ’s Holy Passion Celebration of Christ’s Holy Passion Celebration of Christ’s Holy Passion Most Blessed Sacrament Most Blessed Sacrament Most Blessed Sacrament Most Blessed Sacrament Most Blessed Sacrament Archbishop Fitzmaurice Archbishop Fitzmaurice Archbishop Fitzmaurice Archbishop Fitzmaurice Archbishop Fitzmaurice League of Sacred Heart St. Pius X St. Pius X St. Pius X St. Pius X St. Pius X Our Lady of Sacred Heart Our Lady of Sacred Heart Our Lady of Sacred Heart Our Lady of Sacred Heart Six-Three Six-Three Six-Three Our Lady of Lourdes Our Lady of Lourdes L. J. Ferdinand-Hazleton Chester County Chester County Edward Friel Sr. Memorial Edward Friel Sr. Memorial Edward Friel Sr. Memorial Nativity B.V.M. Nativity B.V.M. Nativity B.V.M. Nativity B.V.M. Nativity B.V.M.

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Join us for our 2013 Art Show and Sale featuring original works by 100 professional artists Free admission. Open to the Public.

Wednesday, January 30 – Sunday, February 3 11 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Sunday, Feb. 3 • 11 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Artists from left to right: Fiona Keyes, Carol Kent, Eva Ramanuskas, Tom Longacre, Rhoda Kahler

Painting • Photography • Sculpture • Ceramics • Jewelry • Glass A portion of the sales will benefit Malvern Retreat House. No PA sales tax and 35% of all artwork sales are tax deductible.

Feb. 1 • 5:00-8:00 p.m. | Friday Night Social Complimentary wine and cheese reception





Wed., Jan. 30 • 2:00 p.m.* | “Colorful and Contemporary, the Work of Lynnette Shelley” (Ambler) Mythology and folklore art influence. $20 fee includes refreshments.

Thurs., Jan. 31 • 6:00 p.m.* | “Sculpting with Light”

with Harold Ross (Lancaster County). Photography technique using still life. $40 fee includes casual light supper.

Sat., Feb. 2 • 10:00 a.m.* | “Decorating with Artwork” Judi Larkin of Lark Interiors (Paoli). Solve the puzzle of placement and lighting. $15 includes breakfast treats. *Advance reservation required for Artists’ Demonstrations, call 484-321-2544 or email For general information, call 484-321-2534.

Volunteers welcome. To view artists’ samples, Like us on Facebook. Malvern Retreat House • McShain-Horstmann Family Life Center 315 S. Warren Ave. • Malvern, PA 19355

Prosit Fall/Winter 2012  

A Malvern Retreat House quarterly publication

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