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April 2008   

This Months Event Updates



Don't forget! If you need a remembrance card for a loved one or friend, stop by the retreat house for our special St. Joseph Remembrance Cards. Through a minimum donation of $5.00, the individual mentioned in the card will be remembered throughout all of the Masses at the retreat house.


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Special thanks to the St. John Neumann Group, Captain Lou Greco, past Captain, Paul Phillips and all the men of the St. John Neumann Group for their gift of the new drapes in Upper McShain. The beautiful tapestry provides a backdrop that enhances the many liturgical events in Upper McShain. The League is grateful to Lou and his men for this wonderful display of stewardship.


When is the last time you decided to take a time-out with God? If you have never made a retreat, call our office and we will help you find the retreat to accommodate your schedule. Although our men’s and women’s retreats have the names of parishes and/or saints, you are welcome to attend any of the retreats. Even if you want to come alone, be assured you will walk away with new friends and companions. If you haven’t made a retreat in years, “Come Home to Malvern.” Many people perceive retreats as a place for “holier than thou” individuals. It’s quite the contrary and as Dave White, Asst. to the President states eloquently, “we simply set the table and God does the rest.”  Call the office at 610-644-0400 today!

Former League Treasurer William J. Beatty and Robert J. Sims lead the list of 49 honorees the League will recognize at the Annual Night of Awards on April 30th. Beatty will receive the William M. Lennox Award and Sims the John J. Ferreck Award. Chairman Award winners are Beth Allen, Barbara Selletti SFO, Raymond H. Kenney, Joseph C. Messa, Bruce C. Mattus, Vincent J. Murphy and E. David Santoleri. Inducted into the Joseph F. O’Donnell Captains Hall of Fame are Lieutenant Patrick Diamond of the League of the Sacred Heart and Paul J. Phillips, St. John Neumann Group. This year’s Kathleen Perri Award goes to Bernadette DiRita. Robert Longo, Peco-Good Shepherd Group is the St. Aloysius honoree. Retiring Board members William J. McCormick Jr, Thomas J. McParland, William T. Walsh and Raymond K. Walheim will be honored for their leadership service to the League.

On April 30th the League will recognize thirty-two (32) new Fifty-Year Men at the Annual Night of Awards. A table of eight has been set aside for each honoree and the guests he wishes to invite to this special occasion. The honorees are Samuel J. Berger, Gerard G. Bernhardt, John E. Carickhoff Jr., Peter A. Ciliberto Sr., Triomfo Corbo, George R. Di Marcantonio, Louis Di Santis, Joseph F. Di Triolo, W. Kerk Farrell, Mike Fierras, Francis C. Flynn, John J. Ford II, John J. French, Charles W. Gorman, Don Hopkins, Joseph Iezzi, William L. Kochler, Jr., Deacon Walter C. Lance, Harry W. Leisner, Raymond J. McCabe, Michael J. McLaughlin Sr., Patrick J. McNulty, Frank J. Noonan, James E. O’Keefe, Thomas F. Rafferty Jr., Thomas J. Rios, Nicholas J. Santoleri, Anthony E. Scaffidi, Francis J. Schwietzer, Gene C. Spaar, Anthony J. Stagliano Sr., and William T. Walsh. Congratulations to these men for having achieved this remarkable Malvern milestone.

Upcoming Retreats and Events



Retreat Director(s)

April 4


Fr. Donald Miniscalo
Fr. Gregory Hickey

April 11

Matt Talbot #55

Fr. Thomas Newton

April 18

Most Blessed Sacrament

Fr. Efren V. Esmilla

Fr. Edward Murphy

April 25

Archbishop Fitzmaurice

Fr. Dennis O’Donnell

Fr. Joseph Breighner

May 6

League of the Sacred Heart-midweek firefighters and police

 Fr. Jude Michael Krill

May 9

Padre Pio

Fr. Joseph McCloskey
Fr. Joseph Breighner

May 16


Fr. Dennis O’Donnell
Fr. Michael Murray

May 23

St. Pius X

Fr. Gregory Hickey
Fr. Angelo Camacho

June 6

Our Lady/Sacred Heart

Fr. Dennis O’Donnell
Fr. Joseph Breighner

June 13


Fr. Gregory Hickey
Fr. Edward Murphy

June 20

Our Lady of Lourdes

Fr. Matthew Guckin
Fr. Edward Murphy

NEWS FLASH! - April 26th and May 10th
A new Saturday afternoon workshop for the men’s traditional retreat groups, entitled "Wellness - The Mystery of Gift" is scheduled for April 26th and May 10th. Directed by Jim Rogers, a certified athletic trainer at Temple University Sports Medicine Center and motivational speaker, the workshop is a dynamic presentation exploring the uniqueness of men, spiritually, intellectually and physically. Special emphasis will be placed on a Christian response to the potential of these gifts, in light of the Gospel and pursuing a healthy lifestyle.

Women of Grace Retreat - May 2 to 4th
“Do Whatever He Tells You” (John 2:5) is the theme for the upcoming Women of Grace Retreat. Directed by Johnnette Benkovic, President of Living His Life Abundantly, founder of Women of Grace, EWTN television and radio host, noted author and motivational speaker along with Fr. Edmund Sylvia, CSC the Third Annual National Women of Grace retreat will be hosted in the Main retreat house. This is a national retreat which includes inspirational talks, private adoration, Reconciliation, exhilarating music, a candlelight rosary walk and quiet time fill the weekend.
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A Thomas Merton Retreat - May 9 to 11th
This retreat entitled Choosing to Love the World: Thomas Merton & Contemplative Living will be directed by Jonathon Montaldo, associate director of the Merton Institute for Contemplative Living. Men and women will explore their lives in relationship with self, others and God in becoming more courageous human beings. Hosted in the Family Life Center, this is a contemplative retreat.
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Annual Clean-Up Day - May 18th
Consider volunteering a few hours to help beautify the grounds, shrines and buildings of the retreat house. Why not make it a family day? Regardless of your skills, we’re looking for people to pick weeds, wash the shrines, paint, nail some boards, repair leaky faucets and work on our landscaping. If you are a Scout or community leaders, this is a perfect day for earning community service hours too. We’ll provide a delicious bag lunch for you too! Call in advance to register for the day so we may assign specific tasks for you upon arrival. It’s a fun day for the entire family.
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Serenity Retreat - May 30th to June 1st
Sister Carol Davis, OP will direct this special retreat for women recovering from addictions. It’s a weekend with time for inspirational talks, private reflective time and so much more. Hosted in the Family Life Center, this is a retreat which is life-changing.
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1st Annual Weekend of Healing - May 30th to June 1st
Kathleen McCarthy, President of In His Sign Radio Network and Fr. Jose Maniyangat will be directing this powerful weekend. Fr. Maniyangat died in a car accident, was taken to the morgue and, while declared dead was taken by his guardian angel to hell, purgatory and heaven. After a meeting with Jesus, he came back to life (which is documented by a medical team at a hospital.) He travels the world telling the story and praying with individuals. Kathleen McCarthy is known for her gift of preaching the Sacred Scriptures and her gifts of healing. This retreat will be hosted in the Main retreat house for men and women. A surprise musical guest is planned.
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Annual Father/Daughter Evening of Reflection – June 8th
Sister Peggy McDonald, IHM will be directing this special evening for fathers and daughters. A delicious dinner, inspirational talk and Mass celebrated by Fr. Gregory Hickey will comprise this popular evening starting with registration at 5:00 PM and ending at 9:00 PM.
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Light Weigh Retreat - June 20th to June 22nd
St. Theresa’s Garden is the theme for the upcoming Light Weigh retreat to be hosted in June. Due to the popular demand of this retreat, Suzanne Fowler, Founder of the Light Weigh program will be returning for this unique retreat. This is a joy-filled retreat with talks, testimonies, music, Eucharistic adoration, Reconciliation and quiet time. Hosted in the Family Life Center, if you are looking to make ‘peace with food’ whether you want to lose, gain or maintain your weight, this is the retreat for you! This is a retreat for men, women and teens. Suzanne Fowler has been a noted guest on EWTN, CNN, Good Morning America, CBS Morning News and network feeds across the U.S. This is a retreat not about product; it’s about prayer!
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Our Lady of Lourdes Family Day - June 22nd from 1:00-5:00 PM
SAVE the DATE for this special family day dedicated in honor of the 150th anniversary of Our Lady of Lourdes. A family Mass, rosary walk to the Grotto here, a family picnic on the grounds with uplifting music is planned. Can you imagine sharing the afternoon with other families in honoring the Blessed Mother? If you’ve been looking for a Sunday afternoon of prayer, great food and fun, register early. Outside barbecue, games and dancing too.
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Ave Maria Singles Retreat - June 26 to 29th
For the first time, we are hosting this retreat in the Main Retreat House to accommodate the growing number of single men and women interested in the retreat. A live band with a line dancing instructor is included in this retreat for socialization along with well-known retreat directors. The theme is: Theology of the Body: How Singles Relate! Retreat directors include: Anthony Buono, founder of Ave Maria Singles and Road to Cana, Rev. Edward Connolly, co-host of Road to Cana, Dr. John Fraunces, a Catholic psychologist, Peter J. Colosi, Ph.D., Jules van Schaijik, Ph.D and Katie van Schaijik, co-founders of the Personalist Project.
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Sacred Heart Retreat -August 27th to 29th
Healing the Heart of the Family is the theme for the 1st Sacred Heart Family Retreat scheduled in the Main Retreat House. Men, women and children are invited to this profoundly Eucharistic weekend, directed by Redemptorist, Fr. Bill Gaffney, CSsR and Gloria Anson, Founders of the Sacred Heart Apostolate. Inspirational talks on the role of the Sacred Heart in one’s life, whether single or married, a family rosary walk, family adoration time, Reconciliation, Stations of the Cross and a picnic are planned. The weekend is formatted after the teachings of Pope John Paul II on “building a civilization of love” globally.

Mother Nadine Brown - October 3rd to 5th
Spiritual Warfare is the theme for this national weekend retreat. Mother Nadine Brown is the Foundress of the Intercessors of the Lamb Community, Omaha, Nebraska. She is world-renowned for her gift of preaching and intercessory prayer. Fr. James Otto, a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be co-directing this retreat with Mother Nadine also. Both are gifted in preaching, teaching and prayer. Bring a journal or notebook to learn how “journaling” may change your prayer life. It’s a rich, spirit-filled weekend. Marty Rotella, 3-time Grammy nominee will be inspiring us with his music and evangelization. It’s a power-packed weekend.
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Plans are underway for the 20th Annual Malvern Golf Outing at the Westover Country Club in Jeffersonville, PA. for October 8th! Our goal this year is to register 120 players and enough sponsors, silent auction gifts and pledges to raise $25,000 or more for our Development Fund. You can help by being a player, (or come to the reception and dinner), participate as a sponsor or donate a silent auction item. Consider donating an unused gift card, a golf prize, maybe a weekend at your shore house, tickets to the Eagles, Phillies or Flyers or any sporting event. Call Margie Hargrave at the retreat house (484-321-2521) or email


Malvern Retreat House
P.O. Box 315, Malvern, PA 19355
610-644-0400  *