Fountain and trees FLC--WEBMalvern Retreat House serves the spiritual needs of men, women, teens, families, married couples, religious and clergy, caregivers, people in recovery, and many special needs groups.

It is the oldest and largest Catholic retreat house in the U.S., accommodating up to 400 overnight guests with private rooms, delicious meals, and guidance in spiritual reflection.

From the old-world charm of St. Joseph’s Hall, to air-conditioned, contemporary-style in McShain-Horstmann Family Life Center, the retreat house provides a pleasant environment for everyone!

Amenities include:

  •   Atmosphere of prayerful reflection
  •   Chapels, Oratories and Sacred Shrines
  •   Dining Halls & Conference Centers
  •   Friendly staff, clean surroundings
  •   Plenty of Free Parking
  •   Public transportation accessibility
  •   Serene, spiritual countryside
  •   Time to contemplate
  •   Woodland walking paths
  •   Wheelchair accessibility

Our Retreatants: The Heart of Malvern

Many retreatants are from the Greater Philadelphia area, where Malvern is regarded as a local treasure. Others travel from all 50 states—most notably, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia—and even internationally.

Some retreatants reserve the same weekend each year on the calendar and come to Malvern for a “time away” filled with prayer, Mass, group discussion and religious devotion. Many come faithfully each year and proudly pass on the family tradition to the next generation. Newcomers are always welcome.

Celebrating 100 years of Catholic Lay Leadership

Owned and operated by Catholic Lay Leadership since 1912, people have come to Malvern for 100 years, seeking spiritual guidance and inner peace.

Malvern hosts 20,000 people annually at 250 retreats on 125 acres in beautiful Chester County.

There are 50 traditional Men of Malvern groups and 110 others for women, couples, teens and many more. Clergy and many religious denominations are welcome to reflect, refresh and rejoice..

If you are looking for a spiritual getaway, consider making the journey to our peaceful sanctuary in the countryside.

In the Beginning

Our organization began early in the last century, when investment banker John J. Ferreck met with the Rector of St. Charles Seminary to plan for weekend retreats by laymen. The first year, a few dozen men came on retreat; within five years it grew to a few hundred.

Since that time, 1.2 million people have come to Malvern Retreat House for spiritual guidance and inspiration.

Malvern Today

“What has sustained Malvern throughout its 100-year history is the never-ending, very personal desire of men and women to spend time in God’s presence, away from the distractions and demands of the world. We continue to be an important spiritual resource because people never lose the desire to get close to God. We look forward to continuing this experience into the next century.” Jim Fitzsimmons, President