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Event details

  • Wednesday | October 5, 2016
  • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Our Lady's Hall 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: Deacon Al Clay & Msgr. Joseph Marino

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.

Reverend Monsignor Joseph T. Marino attended first and second grade at St. Matthew Parish Elementary School in Philadelphia, and graduated in 1962 from St. Pius X Parish Elementary School in Broomall. He attended Monsignor Bonner High School, Drexel Hill in ninth grade, and in 1966 was a member of the first graduating class of Cardinal O’Hara Catholic High School, Springfield, Delaware County.

Monsignor entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1966, and was ordained a priest by John Cardinal Krol at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on May 17, 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.

Monsignor Marino has a Masters of Divinity degree from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary [1975] and a Masters of Arts degree in Sociology from Temple University [1975].

Cost: $245

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