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A Publication of Malvern Retreat House

Prosit \proh-sit, -zit\ A Latin word praising God that means: “May it be for your benefit.” Traditionally used as a closing prayer during retreats at Malvern Retreat House.

May it be for your benefit

Winter - Spring 2013

It’s Our Turn | Planned Giving — a Legacy of Faith Just as their generosity and vision ensured that Malvern would be here for us today, many current retreatants feel that now it is their turn to help reach out to ensure the future viability of Malvern for generations to come. Through estate planning, they have found a convenient way to leave a lasting legacy of faith at Malvern, which means so much to them. They see the fruits from their time at Malvern and want to give back by helping others experience the same benefits with which they have been blessed.


alvern’s 100th Anniversary Celebration gave us the chance to reflect on the legacy of Malvern Retreat House—made up not only of the buildings and grounds, but of the countless retreatants whose individual legacies combined to support Malvern for us. We are the future generation they sought to help. It is because of their legacy of faith that we reap the benefits of Malvern Retreat House.

Members of our Good Shepherd Club (those who have included Malvern Retreat House in their estate planning) have found that gifts made to Malvern through an estate plan allow them to support Malvern in the future, while maintaining control of their assets and without affecting their cash flow today. And, the best part is that planned giving brings them peace of mind. There is no worry with these plans, because these gifts are revocable, and can be adjusted if circumstances change or if they change their mind.

Steve and Mary Ford Steve and Mary Ford, members of the Good Shepherd Club, are one such couple who have chosen to support Malvern Retreat House as a legacy of faith through the purchase of a $1 million life insurance policy that names Malvern as the beneficiary. The Fords see their financial contribution as a way to perpetuate the legacy that has been handed on to them by the generous men and women who have supported Malvern for the past 100 years. They want to do their part to ensure that the next generation of men and women are able to partake of the spiritual benefits of a Malvern Retreat experience. The Fords, members of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Chester Heights, Delaware County, have been married for 39 years, and have been blessed many times over. As Steve says, “We have five children, all grown—and all employed!” continued on page 3 »

Accepting the Challenge |Co-Chairing the Capital Campaign By Duane and Bernadette McCarthy


Inside the Issue President’s Letter  Father Zlock!  Development News In the News Behind the Scenes Retreat Programs Women of Grace  Recovery Retreats Retreat Listings In Memoriam A Legacy of Time 

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s great traditions abound with many Malvern families, the McCarthy Family, too, has a legacy. My father, John P. McCarthy, Sr., came to Malvern in the mid’60s and became quickly engaged in the retreat experience on many levels. Dad was a member of the Finance committee for many years, a CA Captain and recruiter who had a great passion for Malvern. My brothers and I started attending retreats in the mid ’70s, along with a few of Dad’s brothers and their children. It not only became a time of reflection, but a family reunion in many ways. Fast forward 30 plus years later, and Malvern has grown to become an anchor in our lives and our continued reunion of many of my cousins along with our children today. In 2006, the McCarthy Family was fortunate to come together to dedicate The McCarthy Memorial Patio and Garden at the

Family Life Center in memory of my father and his brothers and cousins who came to love Malvern and the retreat experience. What Malvern Means to Us On a personal level, Malvern is not just a collection of buildings, beautiful grounds and Shrines scattered throughout the property. Malvern is an experience; it is a place that has drawn us into a closer and deeper relationship with God. In the early years it was one weekend a year; today we have made it a part of life. We look forward to the many events that take place throughout the year for us and our children to connect, celebrate and find a few quiet moments to slow down and listen to God. One must experience Malvern to really understand this feeling. As Parents, we want so much for our children. We want to provide a loving home, have them attend great schools, and a safe environment to grow in. We buy them nice clothes, provide healthy meals (Mom does at least!) and love them the best way we know how. How often we forget how important a relationship with our Lord continued on page 5 »

President’s Letter Dear Retreatants: The Lenten season offers us a wonderful opportunity to see the world in a different way. John Keating, the teacher in the movie, Dead Poets Society, challenged his students when he said, “Just when you think you know something, you must look at it in a different way.” John Keating [stands on his desk]: Why do I stand up here? Anybody? Dalton: To feel taller! John Keating: No! [Dings a bell with his foot] John Keating: Thank you for playing, Mr. Dalton. I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way. As we get accustomed to our surroundings and settle in for the long ride, we are annually confronted with the well-thought-out liturgical seasons that challenge us to look at our faith in a different way. I hope the practice of prayer, fasting and almsgiving of Lent has so moved you that you have reexamined your faith and strengthened and refocused your resolve to be a faithful, loving vehicle for God’s love for all of us. I pray this Easter season, that is fast approaching, will allow you to be more aware of God in your life and his unending love for you and all humankind.

our grounds. Look for next year’s publicity for this event. I would like to thank our Associates and the very talented committee of community leaders who organized and hosted this event. It was a great show and enlivened our grounds with many individuals who now know about our many retreat offerings. As you know, we have iniatiated the public phase of our Capital Campaign to raise $2.5 million for the renovation of our oldest building, St. Joseph’s Hall. To date we have raised $1.7 million in cash and pledges. We have been entrusted to strengthen this retreat ministry and provide the facilities and strong programs that will help facilitate the faith development of our retreatants. This renovation will include an elevator, upgraded electric power, refurbished rooms and air conditioning. Many of our retreatants can no longer make it comfortably to the upper floors or stay here in the hot and muggy days of summer. These improvements will help provide a welcoming environment for reflection and prayer and allow us to host additional groups in the late spring and summer months. Please join and participate by entrusting us with a sacrificial gift to strengthen our retreat ministry and secure our future in this region and beyond.

As you will see in this issue of Prosit, we are the beneficiaries of a wonderful gift from Steve and Mary Ford. I have developed a good friendship with Steve and Mary over my nine years here at Malvern and value their commitment to their faith and the institutions that have nurtured them. Steve and Mary have joined our Good Shepherd Society and have enabled us to secure Malvern’s financial future with their planned giving. I would ask you to consider joining us as a Good Shepherd Society member and include us in your estate planning.

We are currently planning for the 50th Anniversary of the Our Lady of Confidence retreat on October 8-9-10. This retreat allows us to host individuals with intellectual disabilities for a full Malvern retreat. The group began with Chuck McCann, Immaculate Conception group, Don Joos, and now Peter Shumaker working with our local institutions and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to identify individuals who would benefit from our ministry. Fifty years later we are stronger than ever with over 125 retreatants and buddies attending. If you would like to support this retreat by sponsoring an individual or joining us as a Buddy for part or all of the retreat, please let me know (484-321-2525).

Our Art Show was a great success once again this year, and it welcomed over 1000 visitors to

Look out for upcoming golf outing news (May 6th at Talamore), 10th Anniversary celebration

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of the McShain-Horstmann Family Life Center and the 100th Anniversary of our first retreat at St. Charles Seminary (August 29th). While we were founded in 1912, our first retreat wasn’t organized until August of 1913. May you and your family have a joyous Easter season and please pray for us at Malvern and all our 20,000 retreatants who join us annually.


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Prosit Published three times a year Francis J. Marx Sr., Chairman James A. Fitzsimmons, President Beth Racine, 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, and 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.

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n a retreat last year, I found a book on prayer entitled, Twelve Keys to Prayer by Jerome Kodell, O.S.B. It’s only 12 pages, but summarizes 12 aspects of prayer that will help anyone serious about the spiritual life. Much of what he wrote concurs with my own experience as well others who have shared about their own prayer lives.  The book is less than $4 and well worth the price.   The prayer traditions of the Catholic Church have a long history and the vein that can be mined is deep. Prayer can be based on traditions of the spiritual masters such as Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross and Therese of Lisieux (Carmelite), Ignatius of Loyala (Ignatian), Francis de Sales (Salesian), Benedictine, Marian and others. One can pray with icons (see Linette Martin’s book, Praying With Icons). You can even use bodily postures as a form of prayer (see Pope Benedict’s audience on the “9 Postures of Prayer” from his Wednesday Audience on August 8, 2012).    There are different types of prayer: contemplative, mental, verbal, etc. (Look up Jeffrey Morrow’s “Sharing Among Friends” online for a good article on mental prayer). One can pray alone, in a small group, or large community.  Let the Holy Spirit Lead You in Prayer Below are some insights from Fr. Kodell. The key is to simply get started and let the Holy Spirit lead you from there:         1. Prayer is a relationship  2. Prayer is like love; it’s a decision – not a feeling.   3. Involuntary distractions do not interrupt prayer.   4. Prayer is not about thinking; it’s about loving.   5. Several shorter times at prayer are better than one long period of prayer.   6. Public prayer does not make up for private prayer.   7. Do not expect the reward of prayer time to be felt during the actual prayer time.   8. The proof of prayer is seen in how we treat each other.   9. Either you will stop praying and start sinning, or you will start praying and stop sinning. If you’re praying continually, it’s harder to sin continually. 10. The warmth of spiritual courtship is followed by the cold of ritual testing. In other words, God may offer you spiritual and emotional consolation in the beginning of your

relationship with Him (i.e., when you start taking your prayer life seriously), but, sooner or later, God will lead you into the desert where prayer becomes a dry ritual. But it is in the desert that the relationship, though it seems cold, is tested, refined and deepened. 11. No one with a prayer life says that prayer doesn’t work. 12. God is not “out there,” but rather, God is “in here.” The Spiritual Committee The Spiritual Committee recently submitted a new “charter” to the Board of Directors, which describes the purpose for the committee, group values, procedural guidelines, interpersonal rules for behavior, needed resources and planned outcomes. In addition to supporting the Rector, the committee hopes to support Malvern Retreat House in the creation and implementation of the new strategic plan so that retreatants are nurtured through spiritual and religious experiences that elevate their relationship with God and awaken their commitment to share the Gospel and their Malvern experience with others.   In view of the strategic plan to reach out to new retreatants, the committee expanded to include several new women members (Kathy Shegda, Carmen DiPasquale, Elizabeth Allen, Beth Racine (Dir. of  Sales/Marketing), as well as a new Young Adult member, Rebecca Pine (Faculty, Bishop Shanahan High School). In addition, Board members Jacqueline Delaney, Dr. Joseph Capista, and Thomas Keiser generously agreed to attend monthly meetings in an advisory capacity.    Over the course of the next year, the committee hopes to:

It’s Our Turn! - continued from the cover » They have been blessed with three grandchildren as well. Before retiring, Steve worked as a lawyer for two corporations, and Mary worked as a registered nurse for several years, then became a stay-at-home mom. They lived in Drexel Hill, Concord Township (Delaware County), moved to North Jersey for 12 years, and then came back to Concord Township for retirement, happily re-joining their St. Thomas Parish family. Retreats at Malvern – an Annual Tradition Steve’s first Malvern retreat was in 1975, when he and Mary lived in Drexel Hill. “A friend, Ralph Babusci, invited me for a weekend 38 years ago, and I have been coming every year since, with the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Retreat Group, which meets the first weekend in June, (and with the Six Three Group, when I had a schedule conflict,” he said. And, no matter where he is, he has continued coming to Malvern annually; he didn’t miss a retreat when he and Mary moved to New Jersey, and even lately, he journeys to Malvern from their summer home in Maine. Says Steve, “I have been able to meet Ralph (who now lives on Cape Cod) in Boston, and we travel to Malvern together.” Both Steve and Mary gain tremendous blessings from their time spent on retreat at Malvern. “Not to get too mushy, but Malvern is a peaceful and relaxing place,” says Steve. “It affords me the opportunity to think about the things in life that are most important.”

Mary has always enjoyed the evenings of • Charter, define the purpose of, and deliver recollection at Malvern, which not only afford (to Board of Directors and President) a plan of specific outcomes that the Committee her the opportunity to be fed spiritually, but plans to complete (by end of January 2013).   also to interact with others seeking to deepen their spiritual lives. “It’s important to have such • Research, prepare and recommend three new retreat programs/initiatives/retreats-with- a place as Malvern; it offers a place to meet and speakers tied in with the “Strategic Plan” for get to know others on a spiritual level, rather rollout by Director of Sales, Marketing and than only on a social level.” Public Relations (Program for “Young Adults” by end of March, 2013; Program for “Women” Ensuring a Spiritual Future by end of June, 2013; “Busy Persons’ Retreat” for Young People “Malvern is an important spiritual resource,” between July – December 2013).    • Deliver an “enhanced” retreat theme for says Mary, “and we wanted to make it available to younger people. It is important to attract 2014 (By end of October 2013).    young men and women and allow them to get • Review (with revision, if necessary) of in touch with their Catholic faith without the Charter by December 2013.    distractions of daily life. It is our hope that our • Submit “Completion-of-Plan Report” of gift will help maintain such a sacred place and activities to Board of Directors/President (by give young people the opportunity to discuss December 2013). with others the many moral dilemmas which will be their challenges in the future.” continued on page 6 » | Winter 2013 | Prosit 3

Development News Michael Norton Director of Development

Planned Giving with the Good Shepherd Club: A Legacy of Faith


he Good Shepherd Club honors individuals who have made generous commitments to Malvern that extend beyond a lifetime by naming Malvern as a beneficiary in their estate plans or by making a life-income gift. The Good Shepherd Club is our way to recognize the profoundly personal and meaningful commitments of retreatants that will ensure the sustenance of Malvern, bring future generations closer to God, and Leave a Legacy of Faith. Details: A gift through your estate plan can be a bequest made through your will or a revocable trust or a beneficiary designation of specific assets, such as a retirement plan or a life insurance policy. These types of gifts allow you to support Malvern in the future, while maintaining control of your assets and without affecting your cash flow today. These gifts are revocable, and you can adjust your plans if circumstances change or change your mind at anytime. Membership Benefits Membership is voluntary and without obligation. It does, however, allow us to thank you during your lifetime for your sincere generosity, while inspiring others to do the same. You will be presented with a special Good Shepherd Club pin, be recognized in Malvern publications, and receive invitations to special events. For more information, please call me at 484-3212539 or email

2013 Membership I’m sure you’ve heard it said at least 100 times before, “You can see the Lord in smiling faces.” A smile makes everyone feel the love of God. Each year your voluntary membership dues help bring a smile to so many beautiful faces here at the Malvern Retreat House. I wish you could see the smile of the adults and children with mental, physical, or emotional challenges that join us on the Our Lady of Confidence Retreat, or the men who attend our Men in Transition Retreat. Men who at one time were homeless, but now, through hard work, professional help and the love of God, they are on their way back to leading productive lives. To see the enthusiasm on teenagers’ faces at one of our High School Kairos Retreats as they strive to deepen their Catholic Faith is truly to see our Lord at work. Your Membership dues help to cover some of the costs associated with these retreats. You make it possible for so many to participate in the retreat experience. Your generosity can be seen in their smiles.

Capital Campaign Answering the Call I want to give a special shout out to the C.A. Captains and group volunteers who have answered the call to help us reach our Phase I capital campaign goal. Each C.A. Captain recruited volunteers to make follow-up phone calls to their group members who received the Capital Campaign request letters. On January 30, 2013, we sent out letters to 4,000 Men and Women of Malvern asking for their participation in our Capital Campaign. Throughout the month of February, the Captains and volunteers reached out to these retreatants to answer any questions and encourage participation. The good news is we are over halfway to our Phase I goal of $2.5 million. The better news is I am confident that with the help of the C.A. Captains and volunteers, the Men and Women of Malvern will answer the call for this Capital Campaign. 5th Annual Malvern Retreat Golf Classic It’s getting close to that “tee” time of year again... Practice your golf swing for the 5th Annual Malvern Retreat Golf Classic event! When: Monday, May 6 Where: Talamore Country Club This golf outing is held each year to raise funds that will ensure the continuity of Malvern Retreat House’s tradition of excellence. For more event details, visit our website or contact Michael Norton at 484-321-2539 or e-mail

How much is smile worth? It’s priceless.

Volunteers Needed for 50th Anniversary of Our Lady of Confidence Retreat:


e are currently planning for the 50th Anniversary of the Our Lady of Confidence retreat on October 8-9-10. This retreat allows us to host individuals with intellectual disabilities for a full Malvern retreat. Fifty years later we are stronger than ever with over 125 retreatants and buddies attending. We will also be collecting clothing for men and women, any size, any season. If you would like to support this retreat by sponsoring an individual, joining us as a Buddy for part or all of the retreat, or donating clothing, please contact CA Captain Pete Shumaker at 215-412-4382.

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Malvern Mass Cards

Enrollment in the Malvern Retreat House Remembrance Association is a thoughtful way to remember your loved ones, enabling them to share in the Masses and prayers offered at Malvern Retreat House. Cards are available in our main office.

To place your order, please contact Marie Liebsch at 484-321-2513, or email her at

In the News Valentine Evening of Reflection


n Sunday, February 10th, nearly 200 people gathered at the Family Life Center to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Couples young and old enjoyed the elegant surf and turf candlelight dinner, followed by an outstanding talk by Fr. Christopher Walsh, whose gift of humor and deep spirituality drew attendees in, and left everyone with much to ponder. The evening finished with a celebration of Mass, including a renewal of vows for those who are married. Couples at all phases of their relationships enjoyed this wonderful evening together recognizing the power of love.

Photo top right: Fr. Chris Walsh hams it up with Valentine Retreat attendees Michael and Vicki Logan from St. Andrew Parish in Newtown; Middle: Fr. Chris begins his talk in the Family Life Center Chapel. Bottom: Retreat attendees Craig and Wenqi Glantz of Visitation BVM Parish in Berwyn enjoyed the evening.

Art Show 2013: A Crowd-Pleasing Success!


ver 1,000 people from surrounding communities enjoyed Malvern Retreat House’s extraordinary showcase of fine art pieces at ArtShow 2013. This event featured a collection of juried, original artwork by more than 100 professional artists in various media: painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, jewelry, and glasswork. A r tShow 2013 ran from Wednesday, January 30 to Sunday, February 3 at the McShainHorstmann Family Life Center, and featured free admission with all artwork available for sale. A portion of the sales benefitted Malvern Retreat House.

and a complimentary Friday Night Wine and Cheese Social on February 1, which gave the public a chance to meet some of the artists and fellow art enthusiasts, and introduced many people to Malvern Retreat House for the first time. Even people who attended their first-ever art show were pleased with Malvern Retreat House’s ArtShow 2013. “I was impressed by the large amount of pieces on display and by the wide variety of styles,” said guest, Mary Harrison (Havertown, PA). Ma lver n Retreat House wishes to thank the Art Show Com m it tee Members a nd Volunteers whose hard work and dedication made this Art Show 2013 such a success.

ArtShow 2013 was well-received by guests in attendance and volunteers. “I just enjoy the show’s Rachel Mullen, the youngest environment and seeing the art,” ArtShow2013 artist, shows off her J u r y a p p l i c a t i o n s a r e said volunteer, Maggie Silva beautiful pieces now avai lable for next (Kimberton, PA), “I like getting a year’s art show. A ll forms are due on whole behind-the-scenes look at the planning and Sat., May 4. Jurying will take place on setup of everything now that I’m a volunteer, too.” June 3, 4, and 5. For more details, visit www. Special events included Artist Demonstrations

Annual Blessing Tree Remembrance Ceremony


r. Zlock led this beautiful memorial ceremony on Sunday, December 2, where attendees remembered their loved ones by placing a customized ornament inscribed with their loved one's name on the Christmas tree in St. Joseph's Hall. After the ceremony, participants enjoyed festive Christmas music and light refreshments to celebrate the blessings of the Christmas season.

Accepting the Challenge - continued from cover » is and what that can mean in their life. Malvern has created many memories for our family. Now that many of our children have grown up, and several have families of their own, we know that the times we have spent at Malvern sharing little concerns have equipped them to face the bigger challenges in life that may lie ahead. We have shared special times together at Malvern. We have walked the beautiful grounds as a family and have enjoyed a closer connection to Malvern in so many ways. Why We Support Malvern A place like Malvern doesn’t just happen. There is much sacrifice in the making of the Malvern experience. This may seem odd to some, but we all need to be a little selfish from time to time. We all need a place to be refreshed. We all need to stop and reflect on our own life circumstances. Over the years, I have come to Malvern with deep concerns, the struggles of raising a family, business concerns, and, yes, I too have asked God what is His plan for me. Once you experience Malvern, you realize deep in your heart that you want others to get a glimpse of what Malvern could mean for them. Malvern recently celebrated its 100th Anniversary. If we can play a small part in providing others the opportunity to experience Malvern, then it is our responsibility to find a way to support Malvern as often as possible. Honored to Accept the Challenge When we were asked to head up the Capital Campaign, we were honored to be considered. In our many years in business working alongside so many great people, I have always been inspired by their motivation to give back. We knew it was important to make the time for this important endeavor. This is our chance to give back for the many years of great experiences we have had at Malvern. Malvern: No Better Place to Leave a Legacy First and foremost, I hope that the Malvern experience has been a great influence in each retreatant’s life. Sometimes we are searching for a big defining moment in our life, waiting for the light bulb to go on. But that doesn’t happen for most of us. We go through life continually searching, always wanting answers to life’s many mysteries. Malvern offers that to each of us, that value of the relationships that come as a result of seeking a closer relationship with God. A Capital Campaign of this nature needs each of us to be engaged. This will ensure a place of peace not only for us, but also for our children, and hopefully our children’s children. That is the legacy we are challenged to leave. No matter how small, no matter how insignificant, we each get a chance to leave our mark; and what better place than Malvern to do that? | Winter/Spring 2013 | Prosit 5

Behind the Scenes Getting to Know...Maureen Sullivan What is your job title? M.I.S. Clerical

What is your favorite movie? Pride and Prejudice

How many years have you worked at Malvern Retreat House? I’ll be here seven years this April.

What is your favorite book? The Time Traveler’s Wife

What are your job responsibilities? Entering registrations and pledges, sending out confirmation cards and printing out Friday reports for the CA Captains, and keeping in touch with them on a regular basis, pledge billings, and opening and closing retreats, among other things. What do you like most about your current job at MRH? I love data entry and talking to a wide variety of people. Since you are from England, what has surprised you most about America since you’ve been here? The sincere friendliness of the people.

Who is your favorite singer or band? FUN. and Sarah Brightman What activities do you like to do when you’re away from work? Walking, Reading, Scrabble and spending many hours on my computer. If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you like to visit? Japan. What is your favorite quote? “Life is too Short.” What advice would you give to someone who is considering attending a retreat at MRH for the first time? Take time to relax and reflect; enjoy the peace and quiet in our wonderful 125 acres of grounds, and enjoy the fine food provided.

A Fond Farewell to Two Retirees


n December, Malvern Retreat House bid a fond farewell to two dedicated and knowledgeable employees: in photo at left, Rose Cook, MIS Clerical, and, seated in photo at right, Roger Reed, Director of Maintenance, bottom right. In the photo with Roger are clockwise: his wife, Sandy, John Cannon, Malvern’s Director of Hospitality, and Jim Fitzsimmons, President. Employed at Malvern since July 2003, Rose Cook was well-known among the regulars, especially

the CA Captains, with whom she worked extensively while inputting data, entering registrations and making sure the Captains received their Friday reports. By all accounts, Roger Reed, a Malvern employee since June 1994, knew all the ins and outs of Malvern’s buildings and systems. All at Malvern are grateful for their years of loyal service, and we wish them both many blessings in their retirement years.

It’s Our Turn! - continued from page 3» “I think the retreat experience is so important,” says Steve. “It seems to be getting further away from us. We think about the young people coming to Malvern—how it’s so important for young people to get away from everything and think about what is important in life. Then they, in turn, can share the retreat experience with others.”

fund can be used by Malvern for the cost of major maintenance items, such as roofs, foundations, HVAC, etc. In this way, by making gifts of a relatively modest initial premium and subsequent, even more modest premiums, Malvern will have a steady source of income to help defray the cost of major maintenance projects.”

Mary and Steve’s generous financial support of Malvern stems from the fact that they recognize the day-to-day expenses involved in keeping Malvern Retreat House running efficiently. Figured into that is the cost of upkeep, and the need to hire people to raise money and handle development. They feel their support is a way to show their appreciation for all they have received from Malvern. Says Steve, “We’ve been very fortunate. I am thankful for all the blessings we’ve had, and for each year I get the chance to come back to Malvern.”

It is their hope that this will assist in preserving Malvern for others to experience.

Mary says, “God has been good to us and has blessed us, so it’s a benefit for everybody. We put it in God’s hands.”

“One of the best things about Malvern,” says Steve, “is that it is available to all socio-economic groups. A lot of the people who go on retreat here might not have the means, but Malvern has a long and proud history of other retreatants who give more than the annual cost of the retreat, with either their time or money, so those who are less fortunate have the opportunity to experience a retreat.”

Planned Gift through a Life Insurance Policy In order to ensure Malvern’s continued financial support in order to preserve it for others to experience as they have, Mary and Steve decided to make a planned gift through a life insurance policy. As Steve explains, “Because Mary and I are still in good health, we qualified for a ‘secondto-die’ life insurance policy. We bought the policy, then transferred ownership to Malvern and committed to pay the premiums as they come due. When we have both died, our Malvern-endowed fund will receive the $1 million death benefits under the policy. The income from the endowed

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Although Mary and Steve have not talked to their children directly about their philanthropic choices, Mary feels that, “Our children learn by what they see their parents do.” Steve adds, “They see we believe it’s important to support non-profit institutions such as Malvern.” Hopes for Malvern’s Future are Rooted in our Past

“Mary and I are big believers that whatever you give comes back tenfold; and it’s definitely worth it—we want to help Malvern be here for another 100 years and beyond, for all people, not just people who can afford to attend.” Visit for more information.

Retreat Programs Malvern’s Focus Groups Spark New Retreat Initiatives


lans are currently underway to expand Malvern’s retreat offerings based on the feedback from the listening sessions held throughout the fall. Three focus groups met last year to provide information about their groups’ spiritual needs, and how Malvern could help them by offering programming to reach out to new constituents. Malvern staff members

met with a Women’s group, a Young Adult group and a General Session, comprised of current retreatants. Lively discussions have already borne much fruit. Based on the feedback we received, a detailed, workable plan for a Young Adult retreat, two Women’s initiatives and a session on Faith, Science and the Law are underway.

Interestingly, many of the people involved in planning of these programs and talks are newcomers to Malvern. Look for details of some of these programs in the next few pages of this edition of Prosit and on our website. We are grateful to all who provided feedback, which helps us to spiritually nourish these critical and important communities within our Church.

Young Adults Plan Inspiring Retreat “Becoming the Person God Created You to Be”


ost young adults are still discovering which gifts and talents they have to share with the world as they develop into the human beings Christ wants them to be. Fortunately, Malvern Retreat House’s upcoming Young Adult Retreat (May 10-11) can help them in this discovery process. Fr. Charles Zlock, Malvern’s Rector and leader of the Young Adult Retreat planning committee, will direct the Retreat, “Changing Water into Wine: Becoming the Person God Created You to Be.” Retreat participants will use the Catholic Spiritual Gifts Inventory (Catherine of Siena Institute) to help them discover which of the 24 spiritual gifts God has blessed them with, and, through talks, prayer, and discussions, will learn more about how to develop these God-given gifts to deepen their prayer life and further The Kingdom. The young adults have played a significant role in developing this retreat. “Over the past several months, we have met with a number of wonderful young people who have shared their ideas, requests, hopes, concerns, and enthusiasm with the Malvern Retreat House staff and Board members,” explained Fr. Zlock. This retreat will feature talks, Holy Hour, Guided Examination of Conscience, small group discussions, as well as many other spiritual components for young adults to enjoy. Becca Pine, one of the Young Adult Retreat planners, said, “Personally, I am excited about taking the inventory, so I can come to understand more clearly what gifts God has given me and how He is calling me to use them more effectively.”

Some of the members of the Young Adult Planning Committee finish up their meeting before heading to the Chapel for Eucharistic Adoration. Left to Right: Johanna Mikitka, Zach Mutschler, Katie Flemming, Marissa Baldassano, Sarah Murphy, Fr. Charles Zlock, Rector of Malvern, Becca Pine, Evan Liu, Mike Slish, and Beth Harrison.

Malvern’s desire to offer a place for fellowship and spiritual retreats for young adults has been especially important during this Year of Faith. “Gathering young adults at Malvern helps us bond with others who desire to deepen our relationship with Christ,” said Christine Friel, another member of the planning committee. There is also a collaboration between older adults to guide the young adults through their retreat planning process; members of Malvern’s Spiritual Committee and staff are working together with these young people in a mentoring capacity to finalize the details of the retreat. These connections have been established in a trusting and healthy environment, which have increased their determination and commitment to see the results of their hard work. “Being a Malvern staff member while contributing ideas for the Young Adult Retreat has been an enjoyable experience,” said Beth Harrison, Malvern’s Marketing Assistant. “It’s nice to know people around my age who share that same motivation to plan an inspiring retreat for our age group. I’m always wondering what gifts I really have to offer to others, so I am looking forward to discovering them through this retreat, and applying them towards certain aspects of my life.” Evan Liu felt inspired to help plan this retreat in order to help strengthen the Young Adult community in the Philadelphia Region. “It’s

important to have opportunities for young adults to be able to meet with other like-minded people for fellowship, prayer and faith-filled discussions,” he said. This retreat is attractive to Young Adults, who prefer the shorter schedule since they often do not have the luxury of time or finances for a longer retreat stay. Becca Pine loves the fact that she doesn’t have to travel very far to find a restful place for retreat. “I can still be ‘in the thick of things’ in the Philadelphia area, and yet Malvern is removed from the hustle and bustle of daily life. I feel like I’m truly on retreat, ‘away from it all.’” “The entire experience has been very positive, exciting, and rewarding for all involved,” said Fr. Zlock. Evan Liu adds, “I hope that it reignites each young adult to reflect on their relationship with Christ and to strive to strengthen and build that relationship.” And this is only the beginning. Watch for more YA programs as Malvern taps into this enthusiasm to expand its programs for this vital group of the Church. If you or someone you know is interested in attending the Young Adult Retreat, please visit our website at for more information or to register online. You may also call 610-644-0400. | Winter/Spring 2013 | Prosit 7

Retreats for Women & Men Women of Grace Retreat — Expect to be “Wowed!”


alvern Retreat House’s popular Women of Grace Retreat, directed by EWTN’s Johnnette Benkovic, consistently draws hundreds of women each year. This year’s retreat, July 12-14, marks their seventh year at Malvern! The theme for this retreat, “Entering the Heart of the Father: Healing for Divine Love ‘For Such a Time as This,’” promises to provide much spiritual food for thought. For Such a Time as This Johnnette indicates that the Closing Message to Women from the Documents of Vatican II indicate the significant mission God is entrusting to women today. According to the message, women have been called by God to do nothing less than save the peace of the world: ‘Reconcile men with life,’ the passage says. ‘Watch carefully over the hand of man, who in a moment of folly might destroy human civilization. Women of the entire universe, you to whom life is entrusted at this grave moment, it is for you to save the peace of the world.’ “These are stunning words, and  Women of Grace seeks to respond to them,” says Johnnette. “We live in unprecedented times, and God is pouring out unprecedented graces. Our goal is to help women receive these graces, move in these graces, and transform the world through these graces.”

and decisions. Retreatants will be drawn deeply into the awesome reality of God’s individual and specific love just for them.” The Healing Service Retreatants find the healing service to be one of the most profound experiences of this retreat. “God knows precisely who will attend and the best way for each of them to experience His healing love, so every healing service is unique.” Suffice it to say that the Holy Spirit definitely shows up! Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is vitally important to the healing service. “As we gaze upon His Eucharistic Presence, we are made new, transformed, healed, and restored,” says Johnnette.


a m so looking forward to our upcoming retreat at Malvern!”

Benedicta Leadership Institute The Benedicta Leadership Institute, held the day before the WOG retreat, is geared to women who seek to make a difference in the world through the healing love of Jesus Christ and the truths of the Catholic Church. It includes a workshop element in which women problemsolve, strategize, and tackle issues. This year’s Institute “incorporates the call for a new evangelization, identifies the obstacles women can expect (from both the natural and the supernatural), and provides practical strategies to equip women to overcome them,” says Johnnette.

—Johnnette Benkovic, Expect to be “Wowed!” For Women of All Ages Women of Grace “I am so looking forward to our upcoming retreat at “Women of Grace is a demographically diverse apostolate, Malvern, and I want to extend a personal invitation to and women of all ages find a home in it,” says Johnnette. “It join us,” says Johnnette. “Everything about Malvern adds to the retreat is most encouraging that so many younger women seek the solid spiritual experience – from the beauty of the grounds to the hospitality of the formation the Women of Grace apostolate promotes and offers. staff to the good food provided. I am quite certain that the cumulative Fr. Philip Scott, Co-Director effect of all the prayers that have been offered on these grounds for the Co-directing this retreat with Johnnette will be gifted speaker, spiritual past hundred years unite us in a significant way with the Communion of director, and presenter, Fr. Philip Scott, FJ, the founder of the religious Saints and prepare us to receive all God has in mind for us.”  community, Family of Jesus. Says Johnnette, “Fr. Philip has a unique capacity for helping retreatants enter into the healing love of God the Father “I am confident all who come will enter more deeply into the heart of God to be set free from wounds of the heart, including those that come from our and experience His Divine Love for such a time as this.” family of origin as well as those that come from unfortunate experiences “Expect to be wowed!”

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


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Matt Talbot #8 Divine Mercy Matt Talbot #57


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Most Blessed Sacrament


St. Pius X


Archbishop Fitzmaurice


Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

5/3 5/3 5/7

Matt Talbot #48 Saint Padre Pio League of the Sacred Heart

Fr. Kyle St. Claire Fr. Stephen DeLacy Fr. Thomas McCloskey Fr. Dennis O’Donnell & Fr. Raphael Bonanno Fr. Charles Zlock & Fr. Charlie Smiech TBD Fr. Richard A. Boever, CSsR Fr. Charles Zlock



TBD Fr. Charles Zlock & Fr. Donnell Kirchner, CSsR Fr. Dennis O’Donnell & Fr. Joseph Breighner Fr. Richard S. Bennett, CSsR & Fr. Charles Zlock Fr. Richard S. Bennett, CSsR & Fr. Richard Sirolli, OSA


Our Lady of Lourdes

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Fr. Eamonn Mulcahy, CSSP

Recovery Retreats Women’s Serenity Retreat, “From Fear to Faith” Introducing Heather King, Retreat Director


n area of growth for Malvern Retreat House is for Women’s Recovery Retreats. Our upcoming Serenity Retreat, “From Fear to Faith,” May 10-12, is geared towards women in recovery who are working any 12-Step program.

We are pleased to introduce Heather King, director of the Serenity Retreat. Heather is an ex-lawyer, sober alcoholic, contemplative and National Public Radio commentator who struggled with alcoholism for

many years, got sober in 1987, and converted to Catholicism in 1996. An essayist and blogger, Heather is the author of several books, including Parched; her spiritual reflections appear regularly in Magnificat Magazine. Her witty, entertaining style draws her audience into the deeper aspects of the spiritual journey. She has an authentic razor-sharp clarity about accepting life on life’s terms. For those who desire to take time apart with God and with other recovering women, Malvern’s Serenity retreat provides a safe haven in a tranquil 125-acre wooded setting.

Why a Matt Talbot Retreat? By Michael*


peaking as a member of the Matt Talbot retreat community, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you my humble experience and my gratitude in connection with attending a Matt Talbot Spiritual Retreat. I have been truly blessed, and “But for the Grace of God,” I am still alive. As I look back during the early years of my recovery from alcoholism, I felt that there was still something missing in my life. Unaware that God was still present in my life, I went through all the usual rituals and steps suggested through the program of Alcoholics Anonymous, but I was lacking the spiritual connection I so desperately needed. I was what you would term a “dry drunk”: living my life without alcohol and trudging through my daily routine unaware that there was more to be gained. It wasn’t until I was persuaded, most casually, to attend my first Matt Talbot Spiritual Retreat, where I received such an immense feeling of “God awareness” and witnessed His presence, that I was convinced that this truly was my “Spiritual Awakening.” The passion that I have for my recovery and my life events can only be attributed to the willingness to let my Higher Power into my life. For this, I am eternally grateful. The Matt Talbot Retreat Spiritual Movement had offered a unique and personal path to enrich my mind, body and soul through prayer and meditation and to achieve a conscious contact with a God as I understand Him. I have witnessed time after time the life-changing spiritual rehabilitation experienced only by individuals seeking God with an open mind and an open heart.

W hat greater gift can one man offer to another recovering individual, than to extend an invitation to follow in his footsteps seeking Spiritual Growth? Needless to say, as I have shared this experience, I hope to offer and convince you that this opportunity will enhance your spirituality and reconnect you with a “Power Greater Than Yourself.” As my spirituality evolved, the sanctuary of where I could speak with God was as important as my interaction with Him. The solace and tranquility of Malvern Retreat House has provided the silent spiritual stimulus I needed to reconnect with God. Contemplation through prayer and meditation was enhanced as I overlooked the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, and the beauty surrounding me helped me know I was in God’s presence. It was there I understood the meaning of “God’s will, not mine, be done.” I marvel at my good fortune of finding a retreat house of such world-renowned spirituality, and have come to the conclusion that this isn’t a coincidence…but, a “God-incidence.” Those in recovery know the necessity of taking personal inventory, and the founding fathers of Alcoholics Anonymous stressed the importance of annual and semiannual housecleaning for those in recovery: “Although all inventories are alike in principle, the time factor does distinguish one from another. There’s the spot-check inventory, taken at any time of the day, whenever we find ourselves getting tangled

About Matt Talbot Retreats: Matt Talbot retreats bring together a group of recovering alcoholics in a setting that promotes fellowship and sharing throughout the weekend. We have recognized the need for help in connection with a power greater than ourselves. Most retreats focus on one broad topic for the weekend; retreat directors usually include both a recovering alcoholic and members of the clergy. These retreats bring valuable insights into the spiritual part of alcoholism. Our solution is to use the Matt Talbot spiritual retreat weekend to find out how to utilize the tools suggested in the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. We offer: Mass, Confession, Adoration, Conferences, Discussion group break-out sessions and AA meetings. All faiths are welcome. The Matt Talbot Retreats are nondenominational, ecumenical, and spiritual rather than specifically religious. This is not an AA, Al-Anon, NA, SA, GA, or any other A. Nor is this a religious event sanctioned by the Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, and Muslim, Hindu or any other organized religion. All of God’s children are welcome.

up. There’s the one we take at day’s end, when we review the happenings of the hours just past. Here we cast a balance sheet, crediting ourselves with things well-done and chalking up debits where due. Then there are those occasions when alone, or in the company of our sponsor or spiritual advisor, we make a careful review of our progress the last time. Many A.A.’s go in for annual or semiannual housecleanings. Many of us also like the experience of an occasional retreat from the outside world where we can quiet down for an undisturbed day or so of self-overhaul and meditation.” ** As I reflect on the purpose of making a spiritual retreat, what comes to mind first and foremost: to reconnect with your Higher Power; second: to observe God’s will for us; and third: to enrich our recovery through prayer and meditation. *Last Name is kept anonymous, in the tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous *Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous; Step 10 pp. 89 – Bill Wilson, author. | Winter/Spring 2013 | Prosit 9

Retreats & Events Divine Mercy Retreat

Women’s Evening of Reflection

April 5-7 Director: Fr. Stephen DeLacy Immerse yourself in the grace of Christ’s Divine Mercy. Includes reflections, speeches, onewoman drama, devotions, reflective rosary walk, private adoration times, and much more! Visit for full details.

June 13 Director: Fr. Charles Zlock A popular evening of reflection for women of all ages with Dinner, talk, Mass and Anointing.

Mothers of Children with Disabilities May 7 Director: Fr. Dennis O’Donnell Back by popular demand, this retreat is for mothers whose children (of any age) have disabilities. Come experience a time of prayer, Mass and discussion just for you.

Young Adult Overnight Retreat “Changing Water into Wine— Becoming the Person God Created You to Be”

May 10-11 Director: Fr. Charles Zlock This overnight retreat for people in their 20s and 30s (single or married) will help you discover which of the 24 spiritual gifts God has blessed you with, using a “Catholic Spiritual Gifts Inventory.” Talks and small group discussions will focus on how to develop these God-given gifts, deepen your prayer life, and help further The Kingdom of God. This retreat also includes Holy Hour, Examination of Conscience, and Mass.

Serenity Retreat “From Fear to Faith” For Women in Recovery, Working any 12-Step Program

May 10-12 Director: Heather King Heather King’s witty, entertaining style draws her audience into the deeper aspects of the spiritual journey. For those who desire to take time apart with God and with other recovering women, Malvern’s Serenity retreat provides a safe haven in a tranquil 125-acre wooded setting.

In His Sign: 6th Annual Healing Retreat

May 31-June 2 Director: Kathleen McCarthy; Co-Director: Fr. Stephen DeLacy This weekend for men, women, couples, and families includes Mass, Teaching, Concert, Fellowship and Reflection/Free Time, and four powerful witnesses giving testimony about their healings--physical, emotional and spiritual.

Father & Daughter Evening of Reflection June 9 Director: Fr. Charles Zlock A popular evening of reflection for fathers and daughters.

Priests’ Preached Retreat June 17-21 Director: Rev. Eamonn Mulcahy, CSSP A retreat for priests that runs from Monday through Friday.

July 4th Family Retreat Jul. 5-7 Director: Fr. William Gaffney, CSsR Hosted in the McShain-Horstmann Family Life Center, this is a retreat for families with young children, teens and even grandparents. It features great food, outside games, inspirational teaching, music, and fun, of course.

Eileen George Healing Retreat Jul. 8-12 (also Nov. 18-22) Director: Eileen George Eileen George, from the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, is renowned for her healing ministry, which has the approval of her local Bishop. This powerful five-day healing retreat includes conferences, private Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, meals, prayers and quiet time. A Healing Service is open to the public on Thursday evening of the retreat, scheduled at 7:30 p.m.

Women of Grace Benedicta Leadership Institute

Jul. 11-12 Director: Johnnette Benkovic The mission of the Institute is to identify, educate, develop and train Catholic women to be active leaders and mentors in accord with their state in life, infusing institutions, organizations, and governmental agencies with Catholic moral and social teachings to bring about the culture of life.


Requests? We Can Help!


ospitality Manager John Cannon reminds retreatants that we can handle special requests here at Malvern. “Retreatants should not let special dietary needs or special room needs or wheelchair needs keep them from making their retreat. We are happy to handle special requests, be it for gluten-free meals, egg whites, or whatever. Just let us know and we will take care of your needs.” Retreatants can note special requests on their reservation slips or when they register through the RPS or, for dietary needs, simply tell your waitress when you get to the dining room. Chefs Jim Hall and Jeff Kazin will be happy to take care of you. Ramps at Our Lady’s and St. Joseph buildings and automatic door openers around the building have been installed for easy access for our retreatants with physical limitations. The Family Life Center is completely accessible. As John Cannon reminds us, “Don’t let your special needs keep you from making your retreat at Malvern.”

Women of Grace 7th Annual Retreat Jul. 12-14 Director: Johnnette Benkovic with Fr. Philip Scott The theme of this retreat is “Entering the Heart of the Father: Healing for Divine Love ‘For Such a Time as This’.”

Sisters’ Preached Retreat Jul. 14-19 Director: Fr. Simeon Gallagher This is a retreat for Sisters in full-time ministry or an active apostolate, and retired Sisters.

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Interested in joining a retreat? For more information, visit, email, or call (610) 660-0400

A Legacy in Time = In Memoriam Joseph E. McGrath, former Board member and C.A. Captain, of the Atlantic City/K. of C. Auto Club Group Joseph E. McGrath died on January 7 after a short illness. Joe served on the Board of Directors from 1989 to 1996. He was the C. A. Captain from 1978-1993. Joe followed in the footsteps of his dad, the legendary T. Walter McGrath, who also served on the Board of Directors and was C. A. Captain of the AC/K of C Group. In recognition of his leadership contributions, Joe was inducted into the C.A. Captains Hall of Fame in 1995, and received the Kathleen Perri Award in 1999. Joe was president of TWM Travel and coordinated the Malvern Travel Club trips. Joe was a Grand Knight with the San Salvadore Council. Captains may remember Joe as a presenter of the Credentials Report at the Annual Meetings through the years. Like his dad, Joe was small in stature, yet, like his dad, he was a giant of a Man of Malvern. Daniel J. Haley, Jr., former member of the Board of Directors and C.A. Captain of the Pope John XXIII Group, died on January 20, 2013. Dan was a 42year retreatant. He served on the Board from 1998 to 2004. With his brother, Bob, Dan was a founding C.A. Captain for the Pope John XXIII Group, a midweek retreat for businessmen. Mr. Haley was President and former CEO of Finnaren & Haley Paint Company. A WWII naval officer, Dan was active in the Philadelphia Catholic community and received many awards including the Barry Award of the Catholic Historical Society and the Sourin Award of the Catholic Philopatrian Society. He also received the Knight of St. Gregory Papal Award. Paul J. Phillips, former Board member and C.A. Captain, passed away on February 26, a few days after attending his 65th retreat with the St. John Neumann Group. Paul served as captain of the group from 1996 to 2004. For his outstanding leadership Paul was inducted in the Captains Hall of Fame in 2008. He also served on the Board of Directors from 1998 to 2007. In recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the mission of Malvern Paul received the prestigious Willam M. Lennox Award in 2007. Paul was also active in the Irish community and served as Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick’s Parade in Philadelphia. Though small in stature Paul J. Phillips was a giant of a Man of Malvern. Our condolences to the Phillips family and the St. John Neumann Group.

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. 60-Year Retreatants Mr. John J. Matthews

50-Year Retreatants

Mr. Paul L. Coppa Mr. Gerald C. Strouse Mr. Frank K. Gabriel Mr. Gerald V. McDevitt Mr. Robert J. Pomante Francis G. Pileggi, Esq. Mr. Peter F. Zippel, Jr. Mr. Carmen S. Campanicki

25-Year Retreatants

Mr. Joseph J. Clark Mr. Bernard J. Long, Jr. Mr. Frank J. Noonan, Jr. Mr. Edward J. Schwarz Mrs. Anne C. Sabol Mr. Brian L. Beers Mr. Art DiDomenico Mr. Joseph C. Ackerman Mr. Joseph A. Barone Mr. John M. Gasper, Jr. Mr. Ronald G. Heberlig Mr. Ronald W. Laessig Mr. Michael T. McGinn Mrs. Theresa A. Johnson Mr. Robert E. Paglee Mr. Richard J. Bosco Mr. Michael M. Colgan Mr. Bernard J. Long, Jr. Mr. Charles J. Ward, Jr. Mr. Daniel C. Clancy, Jr. Mr. Eugene J. Mackey Mr. Robert Maneely III Mr. D. Clark Pierpont Mr. John R. Colosimo, Sr. Mr. Vincent G. Gallo Mr. Anthony P. Mashintonio Mr. Anthony M. Naccarato, Sr. Mr. Dino Petrongolo Mr. Robert D. Bonneau, Sr. Mr. David Madonna Mr. William R. Rowley, Jr. Mr. Brian P. Boyle Mr. Anthony Spinelli Mr. David M. Tulli Mr. Stephen A. Tulli Mr. Joseph M. DiGiandomenico Mr. Ronald F. Dusablon Mr. Robert A. Enos Mr. John A. Gandolfo, Jr. Mr. Joseph A. Greco Mr. Edward K. Molloy, Sr. Mr. Joseph B. Vogdes Mr. Joseph T. Winning Mr. Henry J. Wisniewski Mr. Lawrence W. Bily Mr. Joseph Deighan, Jr. Mr. Dan Shields, Jr. Mr. John Countryman Mr. Francis X. Pileggi Mr. Francis J. Reilly Mr. Robert W. Derowski Mr. Michael J. Jacobs Mr. Vincent C. Jolly, Sr. Mr. Daniel P. McGrath


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Easter Blessings from

Malvern Retreat House!


Tee it high let it fly! 5th Annual

Malvern Retreat Golf Classic Monday, May 6, 2013 • Talamore Country Club Featuring Dinner Speaker: Kevin Reilly

Congratulations to Malvern’s 2013 Honorees

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he MRH Awards Committee has announced the names of the 2013 honorees who will be recognized at the 2013 Night of Awards Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at a festive dinner at Memorial Hall Dining Room. The committee has invited each honoree to bring up to eight guests to share in this special event. Congratulations to the following: William M. Lennox Award The Petrongolo Family – Sons of Italy Group John J. Ferreck Award Stephen and Mary Ford – Our Lady of Sacred Heart Group Chairman Awards Anne C. Sabol – Our Lady of Peace Group Patrick H. McKay – PECO/Good Shepherd Group John F. Givnish - Immaculate Conception Group John J. Sullivan Awards Frank M. Lario Jr.-Epiphany Group John T. Maxwell – League of the Sacred Heart Group Dominick F. Bucciarelli – Holy Spirit Group Gary J. Valentine – Pope Pius XII Group Captains Hall of Fame John J. Bowes – Our Lady of Fatima Kathleen M. Perri Award Maureen Sullivan Distinguished Service Award – Joseph R. Ferdinand Esq. – Ferdinand/Hazleton Group Outstanding Service Award Frank P. Onesti – Caenaculum Group Joseph V. DiGiandomenico – Our Lady of Fatima Group Michael A. Hinton Sr. – Archbishop Fitzmaurice Group Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

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