Edward J. Friel Memorial


Event details

  • Friday | August 18, 2017 to Sunday | August 20, 2017
  • 5:00 pm - 12:31 pm
  • Main Retreat House 315 S. Warren Avenue Malvern, PA 19355
  • 610-644-0400

A traditional retreat for men. All men are welcome. Our traditional retreats include Mass, conferences (talks), private Adoration, Stations of the Cross and much more.

Retreat Directors: Fr. Leonard Peterson (St. Joseph Hall) & Deacon Al Clay (Our Lady’s Hall)

Father Leonard N. Peterson was ordained for service in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on May 20, 1967 by John Cardinal Krol.  After two years as a parochial vicar, he spent the next 23 years in the Education Apostolate. He taught at Cardinal O’Hara (1969-80), Archbishop Ryan for Girls (1980- 82) and Lansdale Catholic (1982-86) High Schools before becoming the Newman Chaplain at West Chester University (1986-91).

In 1991, he was appointed pastor of St. Bridget parish in Philadelphia until 1993, followed by a dual assignment as parochial vicar at St. Anastasia Parish, Newtown Square, PA and adjunct professor at (then) Immaculata College from 1993 – 97.  In 1997 he was appointed pastor of St Maria Goretti Parish in Hatfield until 2012.

For over twenty years, he wrote both op-ed pieces and homilies for the now defunct “Catholic Standard and Times” archdiocesan newspaper.

Retired in 2012, Father now assists part time at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Marmora, NJ.  He also writes weekly Scriptural Reflections for the John Patrick Publishing Company.

Al Clay is a Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, ordained in 2002, and serves at Immaculate Conception Church in Jenkintown and the Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

At Immaculate Conception Parish, he serves on the Parish Council, Liturgy Committee, and is Chairman of the Finance Committee.  He is a regular homilist at the parish and performs many other pastoral duties in his role as deacon.  He is a frequent speaker in the Archdiocese at parish, retreat, and other church functions on topics of the diaconate, stewardship, and other aspects of living the Catholic faith.

Al has worked in financial services for over 30 years.  He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Alvin Clay Financial Advisors, LLC in Jenkintown, PA.  Previously, he served as CEO of Davidson Trust Company, and of Pitcairn Trust Company before that.

His charitable endeavors include The Archbishop’s Finance Council of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the National Catholic Bioethics Center, and St. Charles Seminary.

Formerly, Deacon Clay served on the Boards of BLOCS (Business Leaders Organized for Catholic Schools); Stewards of St John Neumann, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Board of Education,  LaSalle College High School, Pennsylvanians for Human Life, the Investment Committee of the Augustinian Friars, The Center for Study of Church Management at Villanova University, Bishop McDevitt High School, Mann Center for Performing Arts, and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia.

He is a graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, PA and is a member of its Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted into the Archdiocese of Philadelphia CYO Hall of Fame.  He is a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

Al is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO), and is a Past President of the Philadelphia Chapter of Legatus.

Al earned a BS in Accounting and a Master of Taxation degree from Villanova University and is a CPA and a CFP.  He has served on the Villanova School of Business adjunct faculty and is the author of a professional reference manual on partnership taxation.  He has also published a series of columns for The Philadelphia Inquirer on the subject of Business Ethics.  He is a frequent speaker on the financial planning, taxation, investments, and other matters affecting wealth management for individuals and trusts, as well as business ethics.

Deacon Clay is one of ten children of Alvin (dec’d) and Nancy Clay of Springfield, PA.  He and his wife Kathleen have seven children and four grandchildren and reside in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania.

Cost: $245, including meals

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