Palm Sunday


Event details

  • Friday | April 7, 2017 to Sunday | April 9, 2017
  • 5:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 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: Msgr. Joseph Marino, Rector of Malvern Retreat House (St. Joseph Hall) & Fr. Dennis O’Donnell (Our Lady’s Hall)

Reverend Monsignor Joseph T. Marino entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1966 and was ordained a priest in 1975. He also attended St. Joseph’s University for undergraduate studies in Sociology, and received a Masters Degree in Sociology from Temple University in 1975.

From 1975 to 1979 Monsignor Marino served as assistant pastor at St. Monica Parish, South Philadelphia, and as a Regional Coordinator for the Cardinal’s Commission on Human Relations. As regional coordinator, he founded a neighbor corporation, The Institute for Community Issues, which had as its primary program the South Philadelphia Employment Project.

He was a faculty member of Lansdale Catholic High School from 1979-1988. He taught theology and social studies, and from 1984 to 1988 he also served as Director of Guidance at Lansdale Catholic High School. He was principal of Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls from 1988-1990.

After eleven years of service to the secondary school system of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Monsignor was appointed as the first Director of the newly created Office for the Renewal of Pastoral Life [1990-1992]. His primary responsibility in this position was the coordination of the nine year Spiritual Renewal efforts [Catholic Faith & Life 2000] of Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua.

From 1992 to 1997 he served as the Director of the Archdiocesan Family Life Office, and in 1996 he acted also as Administrator of St. Joseph Parish in Ambler. In 1997, Monsignor Marino was appointed as Pastor of St. Denis Parish in Havertown. He was the first diocesan priest replacing the Augustinian priests who served Saint Denis Parish for 145 years.

In 2006, Monsignor Marino was appointed as Pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Strafford, and served as Regional Vicar for Chester County from 2006 to 2011. In 2013, Monsignor Marino was appointed Rector of Malvern Retreat House.

After serving for ten years as a member of the Archdiocesan School Board, Monsignor now serves as a member of the Archdiocesan Executive Board for Elementary Education. He is also the current president for The Foundation for Catholic Education in Chester County.

Father Dennis JW O’Donnell, Ph.D. is the coordinator of Integrated Health Services (IHS). This program offered by Holy Redeemer Health System provides a holistic, integrated assessment of a person from a physical, psychological and spiritual perspective. Based on the assessment, consultation is offered to help a person’s decision to further enhance his or her health in a balanced, integrated manner.

From 1989 to 2006, Father O’Donnell served as the Rector and Spiritual Director of St. Joseph-in-the-Hills, the Malvern Retreat House in Pennsylvania.

In 1996, Father co-founded an orphanage in Honduras, Amigos de Jesus. Along with the children in the orphanage, Amigos de Jesus financially supports two other orphanages serving over 200 abused and abandoned children who are now given a safe home to live and grow intellectually, socially, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

From 1982 to 1989, he was the assistant superintendent for Catholic Education in Philadelphia responsible for five special education day schools and for the curriculum in the secondary schools. He also had the responsibility for BLOCS, a development program of business leaders in Philadelphia for the Catholic schools.

Between the years of 1980 and 1982, he studied at Fordham University and received a Ph.D.

Between 1976 and 1980, Father O’Donnell was a teacher and chaplain at Cardinal Dougherty High School and a chaplain for the Dominican Sisters of Catherine de Ricci, who staff a retreat center primarily for women.

Immediately after ordination in 1974, he was assigned to Maternity BVM Parish in Philadelphia, where he served as an associate-pastor for two years. After ordination to the Deaconate, Father O’Donnell was assigned as Assistant Chaplain at Philadelphia State Mental Hospital.

Father conducts weekend retreats and days of recollection for various groups (senior citizens, married couples, faculty, students). Father also directs retreats for religious, clergy and parish missions/retreats throughout the USA.

Please click here to register for this retreat or call 610-644-0400 for more information.