Our Retreat Directors
Our Retreat Directors

Meet Our Renowned Leaders, Speakers & Visitors

Each of our retreats has a designated Retreat Leader, and often a featured speaker, as well. These individuals, both clergy and lay people, represent a broad cross-section of dynamic, high-visibility retreat directors locally and nationally.

Fr. Daniel J. Arechabala

Fr. Arechabala is the Parochial Vicar at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church in North Wales, PA. He was ordained into the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on May 16, 2015. Fr. Arechabala, who was called to the priesthood from a young age, attended Franciscan University in Stubenville, Ohio.

Johnnette S. Benkovic

Benkovic is Founder and President of Women of Grace, a Catholic apostolate for women featuring a number of outreaches including conferences, media, study groups and more. She is also Founder and President of Living His Life Abundantly® International, Inc. a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation. After years of being a non-practicing Catholic, in 1981 Benkovic experienced a deep conversion back to her Catholic faith. Her conversion sparked a new vocation: that is, one of sharing the Gospel message through the utilization of media. She has been an inspiring and consistent presence on Catholic radio (since 1987) and in Catholic television (since 1988) ever since.

Johnnette is the Executive Producer of the Women of Grace® television program, a program highlighting contemporary issues from a Catholic perspective which also discusses authentic femininity™ in the world today. She is also host of Women of Grace® Live, a call-in radio talk show airing five times a week. She is heard nationally on AM/FM stations, Sirius Satellite 160, and internationally via short wave radio.

In addition, Johnnette is a popular conference speaker, published author, retreat director, and seminar presenter. She is the author of several books including “Full of Grace: Women and the Abundant Life,” “Grace-Filled Moments,” “Living Life Abundantly: Stories of People Who Have Encountered God,” and “Experience Grace in Abundance: Ten Strategies for Your Spiritual Life and The New Age Counterfeit.” She also developed the internationally recognized Women of Grace® Foundational Study Series which has transformed thousands of women worldwide through the healing love of Jesus Christ.

Fr. James Blount, SOLT

Fr. James Blount is a priest of the Society of Our Lady of the Trinity, Georgia Mission. A very gifted spiritual director and confessor, Fr. Jim is a bold, charismatic preacher endowed and empowered with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He speaks of living a life in relationship with each of the Persons of the Holy Trinity: The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit. His humble boldness and untiring drive to minister to the lost and ill are particularly noteworthy.

Dedicated to his healing and deliverance ministry, Father travels preaching and proclaiming the Gospel whenever and wherever he can, in the United States and abroad.

Rev. Msgr. Richard Bolger

Rev. Msgr. Richard Bolger is the Pastor Emeritus of St. David Church in Willow Grove, PA. Rev. Msgr. Bolger has been in the priesthood for more than 43 years, and says that serving people as a priest is what he has always wanted to do with his life. While at St. David Church, Rev. Msgr. Bolger worked with the parish’s parochial school as well as Our Lady of Confidence Day School, which is a program for 4 to 15-year-olds who are mentally challenged or developmentally delayed.

Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

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Susan Brinkmann, OCDS, author and award winning journalist is a member of the Third Order Discalced Carmelites.  She is the staff writer for Women of Grace and is a frequent guest on EWTN’s  Women of Grace television show.  In addition to two historical fiction novels published Harper Collins, she is also the author of a book on Carmelite prayer, Lord Teach Us to Pray, published by The Catholic Standard and Times.  Her book, The Kinsey Corruption, which details the fraudulent research of Alfred C. Kinsey was published by Ascension Press.  Susan also published The Learn to Discern Compendium: Is It Christian or New Age? with Simon Peter Press which has an impramatur from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  She recently published the story of her conversion entitled, We Need to Talk: God Speaks to a Modern Girl, published by Liguori Publications.

Lydia Britton

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Lydia Britton is the Director of Liturgy & Music for St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Kissimmee, Florida.  She has been married to Tim Britton for 25+ years and is the mother of four children, one of which is a Seminarian of the Diocese of Orlando.  In 2007, for a period of four years, she also served as Director of Liturgy for St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Avalon Park, Florida where she helped the newly formed community develop their Liturgical Ministries. She was commissioned by the Diocese of Orlando in 2007 as an Ecclesial Lay Liturgical Minister. She has served as a bilingual Instructor of the Foundations of Liturgy courses for the Lay Minister Formation program. Currently, she serves as a bilingual instructor for the Office of Evangelization and Family Life and is an instructor for ‘La Academia Inmaculada Concepcion’ a program of the Hispanic Ministries Office with a focus on the spiritual development and formation of the laity on a parish level.

Carmina Chapp, Ph.D.

Dr. Carmina Chapp is a Catholic theologian, educator and speaker who, with her husband Larry, started the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Farm in 2013. Having learned of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement during her undergraduate years at the University of Notre Dame, she admired the radical nature of Day’s commitment to her faith, and was inspired to try to imitate it. Led by the Spirit, she earned her doctorate at Duquesne University, and began her academic career at DeSales University. She then served as Academic Dean at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. She presently works from her farm for Saint Joseph’s College Online Theology Programs. She enjoys shearing her sheep and spinning their wool.

Msgr. Ralph Joseph Chieffo

Monsignor Ralph Joseph Chieffo is pastor of Saint Mary Magdalen Parish in Media, PA and enjoys sharing the presence, power and peace of Jesus our Lord and Savior with others through witness stories based on scripture reflections. Father was ordained in 1975 after studying at Saint Charles Seminary and Villanova University. Father was born in Italy and came to Marcus Hook, PA when he was eight years old. He writes: “As a shoe shine boy, I polished shoes; now I pray I can polish your soul to prepare to join the Communion of Saints. Please pray that our retreat experience will help us grow in friendship with Jesus and all those dear to us who reveal the face of God to us.”

Fr. William J. Chiriaco

Fr. Chiriaco is the pastor of St. Anselm Parish in Philadelphia. Before being assigned to St. Anselm, he was a faculty member at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, PA. Fr. Chiriaco is a proponent of Catholic education and works tirelessly to promote and support it in his parish’s school.

Deacon Anthony Cincotta

Deacon Cincotta is a member of Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish in Chester Heights. He is married to Eileen Cincotta, with whom he has two daughters. Cincotta attended the University of Maryland, where he received a criminal justice and history degree. Most recently, Cincotta worked with the Montgomery County Police Department in Rockville, MD. He is now retired from his criminal justice career.

Deacon Al Clay

Deacon 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. Deacon Clay has worked in financial services for more than 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. Deacon Clay and his wife Kathleen have seven children and four grandchildren and reside in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania.

Meghan Cokeley

Meghan Cokeley is the Director of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office of New Evangelization. Cokeley models her work after Pope John Paul II’s message of spreading the Catholic faith, and she brings Catholicism to modern people who have lost touch with the church or who have never experienced faith at all. Cokeley helped to organize efforts during the World Meeting of Families and regularly speaks on the importance of marriage and family roles in the Catholic Church.

Sister Anita Constance

Sister Anita Constance is a Sister of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. For more than 15 years, she directed a pastoral healthcare facility. Now, as a full-time minister, Sister Anita leads Matt Talbot and Serenity retreats that focus on letting go, forgiveness, healing, emotional sobriety, anger and resentment.

Sister Anita also has experience as an editor and has published her own books, including “Night Vision…Praying Through Change.”

Fr. Joseph Corley

Fr. Corley was born in Philadelphia in 1946 and was ordained at St. Charles Seminary in 1975. After ordination, Fr. Corley served as a parish priest at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. Raymond’s.

Presently, he is pastor of Blessed Virgin Mary in Darby, PA. Father Corley holds a Master of Divinity degree from St. Charles Seminary and a Master of Science degree from Neumann College. For the past few years, Fr. Corley has also directed retreats for laypersons and religious clergy around the country.

Sister Clare D’Auria

As a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia, Sr. Clare currently ministers as a staff member at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston, Pennsylvania. For half of her 45 years in ministry, Clare has served in retreat work, offering spiritual direction, directed and conference retreats, especially in Franciscan spirituality, throughout the United States. She also serves on the staff of Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs, leading pilgrims through the holy sites in both Assisi and Rome. Her other ministerial experience has included congregational and provincial leadership, secondary and collegiate education and a variety of additional administrative roles both within and outside of her congregation.

Rev. Stephen P. DeLacy

Rev. DeLacy was ordained in 2004 and serves as the Director of the Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood for Philadelphia.  He was previously the school minister at Pope John Paul II High School.  His dynamic witness to the Gospel through his preaching and joyful approach to living the Christian Vocation has made him a popular preacher.

Lisa Duffy

Lisa Duffy is a Catholic author, speaker and divorce recovery expert, who experienced an unwanted divorce in the early 1990s. She has more than 20 years of personal experience helping people rebuild their lives after divorce. Author of “A Road to Healing: Daily Reflections for Divorced Catholics”“The Catholic Guide To Dating After Divorce”, and “Divorced. Catholic. Now What?”, she has also instituted the Journey of Hope program for Catholic divorce support groups in parishes across the U.S. and in Canada. She blogs at Patheos’ A Million Unheard Souls as well as Catholic Match and contributes to many print and online publications, such as Aleteia. Aside from her dedication to her family, Lisa speaks at conferences, appears on television and radio, coaches one-on-one and in groups and holds online events. She resides in South Carolina with her husband and three children.

Rev. Gus Esposito, OSA, Ph.D.

A native of South Philadelphia, Father Esposito was raised in Collingdale. After graduating from Monsignor Bonner High School in 1969, he spent two years in college before joining the Augustinians novitiate. He was ordained a priest in 1979. He taught at Bonner for one year before being assigned to a church in the Bronx from 1981 to 1984. Father attained his Ph.D. in Spanish literature and published his dissertation in 1988.

His next teaching assignment was Villanova University for four years. Then, in 2005, Fr. Esposito was named president of both Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High Schools when the archdiocese declared the schools, separated by a driveway, co-institutional. Fr. Esposito has since moved to Malvern Preparatory School, where he serves in an administrative post.

Msgr. John Esseff

Monsignor John Esseff serves in the Diocese of Scranton as a Priest & Exorcist. He was ordained in 1953. Padre Pio was one of his spiritual directors, & he also served as the spiritual director for Mother Teresa of Calcutta.  He promotes the urgency of  Devotion to the Sacred Heart with his Mission, “Building the Kingdom of Love: The Triumph of the Sacred Heart.”  See www.msgrjohnesseff.net

Fr. Vince Fortunato, OFM, Cap.

Fr. Fortunato is an ordained priest with the Capuchin Franciscan Friars. He has served his community for 20 years in formation ministry and as provincial minister for 6 years. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Darlington Seminary and a Master’s Degree in Spirituality from Creighton University. He has certifications in spiritual direction and directed retreats.

During the month of June, Fr. Vinny, with Fr. Joe Kelly, teaches a seminar on spiritual direction to priests and spiritual directors for the Institute of Priestly Formation at Creighton University. He has taught spiritual direction at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall and Washington Theological Union.  He is a presenter of spiritual direction for groups and training programs. He also is a preacher for parish missions and retreats. Presently, Father lives in Wilmington, DE.

Michelle Francl-Donnay

Michelle Francl-Donnay is a Catholic writer, teacher, wife, and the mother of two college-aged sons. She has been a cantor and altar server and regularly joins the Augustinian community at Our Mother of Good Counsel to celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours. Michelle also is a professor of chemistry at Bryn Mawr College, where she teaches and does research on molecules, and she is an Adjunct Scholar of the Vatican Observatory in Rome.

Michelle’s column, Catholic Spirituality, appears at the Philadelphia Archdiocese’s news site, CatholicPhilly.com, and her reflections on struggling to live a contemplative life in the midst of the everyday chaos can be found in a number of print and online venues, including Loyola Press’ DotMagis and in Liturgical Press’ Give Us This Day. She periodically directs retreats and also blogs on life, prayer and God at the blogspot Quantum Theology.

Catherine J. Frompovich

Catherine Frompovich has been a widow since August 27, 2005 and wrote a book about the journey a bereaved spouse embarks upon during grieving the loss of his or her spouse.The book is titled “Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss.” Catherine came to the realization of what she calls “Obedience of the Mind: Let go; let God.”  She shares how her faith and trust that she would overcome grief with God’s help made all the difference in coping with and managing grief.

Now retired, Catherine enjoyed an exciting career as a consumer health researcher, practicing nutrition consultant and health rights advocate since the late 1970s. Catherine’s latest book is Eat to Beat Disease, Foods Medicinal Qualities, which was published in July of 2016.

Fr. William Gaffney, CSSR

Rev. William F. Gaffney, a veteran Redemptorist Missionary of 54 years, has been a pastor, a coordinator of a retreat house and now is a spiritual director for the Sisters of Life. He has given parish missions throughout the USA, Canada and the Caribbean. Fr. Gaffney has directed retreats for priests, deacons, and sisters, and over the years he also has led countless Marriage Encounter weekends. This work has enabled Fr. Gaffney to develop a deeper understanding of the joys and trials of families.

Fr. Simeon Gallagher

Simeon Gallagher, OFM Cap., is a member of the Mid-America Province of the Capuchin Order. Fr. Gallagher is currently the Director of the Preaching Ministry Office of the Mid-America Province of the Capuchin Order. He conducts retreats, parish development programs, parish missions and religious education workshops. His association with the Emmaus Spirituality Program for Priests has gained him an international reputation in conducting retreats for priests.

His work has taken him to Central America (El Salvador). He was instrumental in founding Emmaus in Great Britain, and he has presented ecumenical lectures at the Jean XXIII Centre, Geneva, Switzerland. For the past several years, he has worked closely with the US Armed Forces at military bases around the world. He recently returned from engagements in Asia and Australia. In June, 2011 he was a featured speaker at the Society of University Neuro-Surgeons (SUN) International Symposium in Athens, Istanbul, and Ephesus.

Sister J. Sheila Galligan, IHM

Sister Sheila is a Professor of Theology at Immaculata University. She has been teaching at Immaculata since 1990 and has also held courses at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. Her studies include extensive research on C.S. Lewis and Pope John Paul II, both of whom she examines in a literary and theological context. She also studies the theological basis of forgiveness. Her volunteer experiences include the Villanova Consortium for Mission Effectiveness, the Pastoral Council of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Generation Life and serving as Immaculata University’s “Macs Respect Life” Club moderator.

Fr. Armand Garcia

Fr. Garcia was born in Quezon City, Philippines, and attended Ateneo De Manila University from 1975-1992. He was ordained from St. Charles Seminary in 2005. Over the years, he has been assigned to St. Joseph Parish (Downingtown), St. Eleanor Parish (Collegeville), St. Katherine of Sienna (Philadelphia), Our Lady of the Assumption (Strafford), and Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (Philadelphia).

Pat Gohn

Pat Gohn is a nationally-known Catholic writer, speaker and host of the popular Catholic women’s podcast “Among Women.” She writes regular columns for PatheosCatholicmom.com, and Amazing Catechists, and has contributed to Catholic Digest, Catholic Exchange, and many other websites.  Gohn holds a Master’s degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH, plus certificates in adult faith formation leadership and theology of the body from the University of Dayton and the Theology of the Body Institute, respectively.  She has led parish-based ministries for more than 30 years, including service in the largest parish in the Archdiocese of Boston. Gohn’s media company, Behold Communications, produces Catholic content for catechetical publications, commercial and non-profit clients and voice-overs for radio, internet, and audio books. Gohn and her husband live in Massachusetts and have three grown children.

Fr. Matt Guckin

Father Matt Guckin is a graduate of Father Judge High School and Penn State University. He worked as a Consultant to the Transportation Industry for Manugistics, Inc., outside of Washington D.C. and in Strategic Planning for Rite Aid Corporation in Camp Hill, PA. He entered the Seminary in 1992 and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1999. He was assistant pastor at St. Cecilia’s Parish in Philadelphia and Chaplain at Fox Chase Cancer Center. He has also been an educator and chaplain at Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Fr. Guckin currently serves as Director of Catholic Mission and Identity for Universities and High Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Fr. Anthony Hangholt

Fr. Anthony was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2012. In his first year as a priest, he served in Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Buckingham, PA. For the past four years, Fr. Anthony has served as Parochial Vicar at St. Philip Parish in Lafayette Hill, PA. Fr. Anthony will thrust us into the heart of the gospel where Jesus heals us from our flawed ways and transforms us into more faithful disciples.

Mark Houck

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Mark Houck is the founder and president of The King’s Men, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and forming men into authentic leaders, protectors and providers. He lectures internationally and is a popular speaker at many Catholic men’s conferences in the United States. Mark is a published author and is considered one of the leading experts in the fight against pornography and the healing of those who are its victims. Mark is a graduate of Catholic University and holds a masters degree in Education from Holy Family University. He lives in Quakertown, PA with his wife Ryan-Marie and 5 children.

Jennifer Hubbard

Jennifer Hubbard graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with a BA degree in art history and communications. Upon graduating from college, she worked for a Fortune 100 company for nine years. Jennifer left the professional workforce to raise her two children, Frederick and Catherine. Her youngest child, Catherine Violet, was a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Jennifer and her husband, Matthew, established the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation, Inc.® to support those causes that best represent their daughter and her life. The foundation’s current focus is in creating and developing programming that will sustain the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary® in Newtown, CT. Jennifer is a monthly contributor for the Magnificat. Her essays focus on God’s healing presence and His faithfulness. She is the recipient of a 2014 and 2015 Catholic Press Awards and has had her work published in Fairfield County Catholic.

 

Anna Iatesta

Anna Iatesta and her husband, Bob, have been in full-time service to families and children since 1977, when they founded Families in Christ, a Catholic lay ministry dedicated to strengthening Christian family life. In 1985, Anna founded Living Bridges, with the mission of saving children, strengthening families and stirring faith in God. This work has grown dramatically into the full service organization as it is today. Anna co-hosted On the Way, a Gabriel award-winning television series; she is also the recipient of the Catholic Campaign for America’s Catholic Contribution Award. She is a national conference speaker and media guest on radio and television. Currently, Anna is the Director for a weekly support program for Catholic home-based educators and the Living Bridges Hosting Program for international orphan children.

Fr. Carl Janicki

Fr. Carl Janicki is the Director of Campus Ministry at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania. A priest for more than 20 years, he has also worked in ministry at Cardinal Dougherty High School, where he eventually became president before moving on to his current position at Cabrini. Fr. Janicki represented Cabrini during the 2015 Papal visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families.

Fr. John Large

Fr. John Large currently serves at the Parish of St. Thomas More in Manalapan, NJ. He attended Cardinal Dougherty High School in Philadelphia, PA.

Fr. Dan Leary

Fr. Dan Leary is the pastor of St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Silver Spring, MD. In addition to serving his parish at home, he has also completed missions trips in Jamaica with his parish.

Msgr. Joseph Logrip

Monsignor Joseph Logrip, a native Philadelphian, was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on May 1972.  His ministries include parish priest and pastor, coupled with his educational years of teaching on the secondary, collegiate and seminary levels.  Monsignor has also served in Archdiocesan administrative positions:  Council of Priests,  College of Consultors, Pastors’ Council on Education, chair for financial assistance to needy parishes and regional vicar for urban parishes.  Monsignor has worked with several religious communities, among them, the Christian Brothers, the Missionaries of Charity International Scripture programs and the Carmelite nuns in Philadelphia.  At present, Monsignor serves as chaplain for the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Fr. Philip Lowe, Ed.D.

Fr. Lowe has a Doctor of Education degree from Temple University in Philadelphia and both a Master of Divinity degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. He serves as the University Chaplain and assistant professor for Neumann University in Aston, PA. He previously served as director of the Doctor of Education program at Neumann and as the Director of the Newman Center at Temple. In addition, Father was previously the principal of St. Pius X High School in Pottstown and served in several other educational roles over the years.      

Rachel Lozano

A local to the Philadelphia area, Lozano works with Heart of the Father & Unbound Ministries on their Local Ministry Team. She is the Intake Coordinator, managing Prayer Team Events and Unbound Conferences. Lozano also serves as the ministry’s coordinator for media and communications. She is married and has four sons.

Fr. John Lyons

Msgr. Michael T. Mannion, STL

Monsignor Mannion is a priest of the Diocese of Camden presently serving as Diocesan Director of Community Relations.  He enjoyed a 29-year friendship with Mother Teresa, which began in Rome while serving the poor and studying for the priesthood. Monsignor shares his personal experiences with this newly proclaimed saint, as well as the spiritual insights that he gained from her.

Rev. Msgr. Joseph T. Marino

Monsignor 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 Master’s degree in sociology from Temple University in 1975. After working as pastor, secondary school teacher, administrator and spiritual director for many years, Monsignor Marino was appointed Rector of Malvern Retreat House in 2013.

Additionally, after serving for 10 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.

Fr. Jim McBurney, OSA

Fr. McBurney has served as both a Pastor and Parochial Vicar in parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  He has also served his Augustinian Community as a Vocation Director and Director of Formation.

In addition to presently being the Parochial Vicar at Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish in Bryn Mawr, PA, he offers days of recollection and retreats.  He has been exploring spiritual direction with religious clergy and laity for 15 years.

Kathleen McCarthy

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Kathleen McCarthy is a published author, Catholic radio broadcaster, and has been a Catholic lay evangelist for almost 40 years. Kathleen has traveled across the country and internationally as a sought-after conference speaker and facilitates workshops, days of renewal and parish retreats. She has the gift of storytelling that readily touches the hearts of all individuals.

Kathleen has experienced the death of a husband, loss of a house through fire, personal and family illness, and loss. Through it all, her uncompromising love of God and faith in His love for her has been her source of strength in weakness and her light in darkness. She is a gifted speaker who shares with enthusiasm and motivates many hearts to experience the living God.

Anne McGlone

Anne McGlone currently serves as the Director of Marketing for Malvern Retreat House and is the retired President and Founder of McGlone & Associates and Agnus Dei Communications, Ltd. She is a seasoned retreat director and motivational speaker with forty years in corporate management and ministry. As a radio host, Anne broadcasts weekly on In His Sign Catholic Radio Network and formerly hosted a weekly program on Radio Maria USA for nine years. Many of her Catholic documentaries have appeared on EWTN, the Eternal Word Television Network and the Arts & Entertainment Network (A& E); most notably, Marian Apparitions of the 20th Century with Ricardo Montalban and The Father’s Gift. As an international event planner for the Sacred Heart Apostolate in New York, Anne also managed marketing operations for several renowned Catholic personalities in her daily work. She authored a book in 2013 entitled, “‘The Whisper in the Wind,’ Does God Really Hear Me.”  Married for close to forty years to her husband, Jim, they are the proud parents of two married daughters and four grandsons.

Fr. Douglas McKay

Fr. McKay is a nationally-recognized retreat director, author and evangelist. He became a priest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1982, and later founded Our House Ministries, a recovery-based ministry group located in Grays Ferry, Philadelphia. The Ministry is dedicated to helping those who are dependent on alcohol or drugs, who are depressed, or who have turned to crime. He has previously served as Chaplain for Holy Family Home and worked with Little Sisters of the Poor. Fr. McKay was awarded the St. Rita Peace Award in 2015.

Tony Meléndez

José Antonio (Tony) Meléndez Rodríguez is a Nicaraguan-American guitar player, composer, singer and songwriter. Tony was born without arms and plays the guitar with his feet. He has performed during the Knights of Immaculata Men of Malvern retreat as well as given a general performance at Malvern Retreat House in November of 2016.

In 1987, Meléndez sang Never Be the Same while playing the guitar in a special performance for Pope John Paul II. The Pope was visibly moved by Tony’s performance. Currently, Tony and his band have a busy concert schedule. He also gives motivational talks, has written a book and campaigns for the pro-life cause.

Fr. John Meyers, Pro Tem Rector

Fr. John F. Meyers grew up in lower Bucks County. He attended Our Lady of Grace Parochial School and Bishop Egan High School before entering St. Charles Seminary in September of 1972. After his ordination to the Diaconate, Fr. John took a leave of absence during which time he lived in Juncos, Puerto Rico. While living Puerto Rico, Father made a Cursillo Weekend, and since then, he has remained active in that movement on both local and national levels. He later taught in St. James High School in Chester, PA and St. Pius X High School in Pottstown, PA. In 1982, Father John entered the seminary again, and he was ordained to the priesthood in May of 1983.

From 1983 – 2000, Fr. John served as Parochial Vicar of the following parishes:

St. Michael, Philadelphia; St. Joseph, Aston; St. Gabriel, Norwood; St. John Bosco, Hatboro; Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul, Philadelphia; St. Mark, Bristol;  St. Philomena, Lansdowne; St. Dominic, Philadelphia; and, St. Katherine Drexel, Chester.

In June of 2000, Father was appointed Coordinator of Hispanic Ministry in Bucks County where he supported works in Bristol, Bensalem and Hatboro. He initiated Spanish Mass in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Hilltown; St. Isadore, Quakertown; and Immaculate Conception Parish, Levittown. In 2005, Father was appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Bensalem where he served for six years when he was later appointed Pastor of St. Martin of Tours Parish, Philadelphia in 2011. In January of 2017, Father resigned from the parish for health reasons and served as Parochial Vicar until his appointment as Rector Pro Tem of Malvern Retreat House in June. Aside from his parochial duties, Father John has preached several parish missions in the Philadelphia area and has given several retreats here at Malvern Retreat House.

Deacon Cody Miller

Deacon Cody Miller is the Legion of Mary Spiritual Director for the Diocese of Lafayette, LA

Anita Morro

Morro is an RN/BSN Healing Minister at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Media, PA. She has been married for 30 years, and she and her husband Bob have four adult children.  They have been involved in the Pre-Cana Ministry, the Cursillo Movement, the fostering of young children, Kairos teenage retreats and adult faith formation. In 2007, with the encouragement of her pastor, Monsignor Chieffo, Morro established the St. Mary Magdalen Parish Healing Ministry dedicated to promoting spiritual, emotional and physical healing. The ministry’s focus is to provide a visible, tangible source of Christ’s light during a family’s time of need. Morro has been a nurse RN/BSN for 35 years and has been involved in end of life, critical care, homecare and addiction counseling.

Rev. Michael G. Mullan

Rev. Mullan was ordained as a Legionary of Christ, where he spent most of his 14 years of training in Europe, receiving degrees in Philosophy & Theology. From 2007-2013, he was director of the Faith and Family Centre in Dublin, Ireland. In 2014, he began discerning to come into the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He has served at St. Stanislaus in Lansdale and now at St. Agnes Parish, West Chester. He continues offering Retreats.

Rev. Ronan Murphy

Rev. Murphy hails from Dublin, Ireland and is a priest of the Camden Diocese. Ordained on the feast of Our Lady of Fatima in the Jubilee Year 2000, he has served as Parochial Vicar in St. Mary’s, Gloucester City and St. Peter’s, Merchantville. He is presently chaplain to a Carmelite Monastery in New York and giving retreats for the Marian Movement of Priests.

Fr. John Nordeman

Father John Nordeman is a School Minister at Lansdale Catholic High School, where he ministers to more than 700 students each year. Fr. Nordeman works with students who attend Kiaros Retreats, holds weekly holy hours for students, and helps those who require spiritual guidance.

Fr. Dennis J.W. O’Donnell, Ph.D.

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

Fr. Dennis’ impressive career includes serving as a pastor at Maternity BVM Parish and a chaplain at Philadelphia State Mental Hospital, traveling to Honduras to found the orphanage Amigos de Jesus, serving as the assistant superintendent for Catholic Education in Philadelphia, earning a Ph.D. from Fordham University, and teaching at Cardinal Dougherty High School.

Fr. Matthew Palkowski, OFM Cap

Fr. Matthew was born in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in the suburbs.  He received an BA in Finance from Michigan State University.  He was working at the Smithsonian in Washington DC when he joined the Capuchins.  He has an STB from The Catholic University of America, and he was ordained in 2005.

Fr. Matthew has worked as a parish priest in Washington DC and in Philadelphia, PA.  He has also served as a hospital chaplain in Harrisburg, PA.  Fr. Matthew is currently the chaplain at the city jail in Philadelphia.

                            

 

Deacon Michael Pascarella, Jr.

Deacon Michael Pascarella, Jr. grew up in Saint Lucy’s Parish in Manayunk, Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University, a Master of Science degree from West Chester University, and a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. He is a 1992 graduate of the Church Ministry Institute. In 2006, he entered Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, and was ordained a permanent deacon on June 2, 2012, for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He is currently assigned as the Associate to the Vicar for Clergy for Permanent Deacons. Prior to his appointment to his Archdiocesan post, he enjoyed a 35-year career in law enforcement.

Deacon Pascarella has been married for more than 30 years and has twin sons. He is also a Man of Malvern, having made more than 40 weekend retreats. He was originally a member of Our Lord of the Sea group. He is a former Associate Captain of Our Lady of Lourdes Group, and the founding Captain of Our Lady of the Rosary Family Retreat.

Fr. Leonard Peterson

Father Leonard Peterson was ordained for service in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1967. After two years as a parochial vicar, he spent the next 23 years in the Education Apostolate. 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 more than 20 years, he wrote both op-ed pieces and homilies for the 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.

Fr. Jeff Putthoff, SJ

Fr. Putthoff has been a Jesuit for more than 30 years and has directed more than 60 retreats nationally, both preached and individually directed. He has worked in Camden, N.J. for more than 15 years and is the founder and Executive Director of Hopeworks ‘N Camden, a youth technology portal.

During the past 12 years, Hopeworks has worked with more than 1,700 youth, providing 300 youth jobs, 1,700 college credits, and helped more than 140 youth begin college. Fr. Putthoff has been recognized for this youth development work and often finds himself with the crucified Christ in Camden. As a Jesuit, he has asked to be close to Jesus, especially in His sufferings, and truly understood that after he began working in Camden.

Fr. Scott Reilly, LC

Fr. Scott is originally from Kankakee, IL but later moved to St. Petersburg, FL. In 1983, he joined Immaculate Conception Apostolic School of the Legionaries of Christ located in Center Harbor, NH, and graduated 1984. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas and Theology with the Legionaries Christ. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1997. Having served as a chaplain, a director for the Legionaries of the U.S. and on the boards of many Catholic High Schools, he is now the Regnum Christi Local Director chaplain to the Regnum Christi Movement in the Philadelphia locality. He enjoys, golf, tennis, hiking, working out and reading.

Fr. Larry Richards

Father Larry Richards

Fr. Larry has directed hundreds of retreats, parish missions, and conferences for those of all ages. His inspirational talks, presentations, and books are always authentic and enthusiastic, and they have changed the hearts, minds and lives of millions of listeners and readers worldwide. He speaks from experience as a pastor of an inner city parish, a high school chaplain, a counselor and evangelist.

Fr. Larry is the author of several best-selling books including, “Be a Man! Becoming the Man God Created You to Be,” challenging men to be strong . His second book, “Surrender! The Life Changing Power of Doing God’s Will,”challenges you to let go of attachments and assumptions.

Father Larry can be seen on the EWTN televised programs “Living Right with Dr. Ray” and “Crossing the Goal.” He also hosts a radio show called “Changed Forever with Father Larry Richards.” Visit his website, thereasonforourhope.org, to learn more about his life and work. 

Sister Mercedes Rojo, OSF

Sister Mercedes is a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia. Sister Mercedes attended LaSalle University for her Bachelor’s degree in humanities, then went on to earn Master’s degrees in education and pastoral care and counseling from St. Joseph’s University and Neumann University, respectively. Today, she is a psychotherapist at a Sharon Hill mental health clinic and volunteers her time to the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston, PA. Sister Mercedes has years of experience as an educator, a health professional and an impactful spiritual presenter.

Deacon John Rose

Deacon John is a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, ordained in June, 2001. He and his wife have been married for 33 years. They are the proud parents of five grown children – two sons and three daughters. They also have a daughter-in-law whom they consider another daughter. Their faith and the practice of their faith have always been an important part of their lives. Through all of life’s ups and downs, they have always found strength in Our Lord.

Marty Rotella

Marty Rotella is a singer, songwriter and evangelist who presents music and messages to diverse audiences. He has shared the Gospel message of Jesus’ love in 43 states in addition to Australia, Europe, Central and South America and Canada. With over thirty years of ministry through teaching and motivational speaking, he has presented in churches, schools, conferences and prisons.

A Grammy-nominated musician, Marty integrates his gift of music with his unique preaching style for men, women, young adults and teens. He has countless endorsements from bishops and clergy, religious, families and prison inmates. As a noted evangelist, Marty delivers a compelling message of Jesus’ love, forgiveness and mercy to all who encounter him.

Spirit Power is his trademark platform for music and evangelization. He brings the fire of God’s love to retreat houses, conferences, parishes and, most notably, to the streets.

Fr. Paul Scalia

fr paul scalia

Father Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, grew up in the Diocese of Arlington and attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.  He then studied theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome.  Since his ordination in 1996 he has served as parochial vicar at several parishes and as pastor of Saint John the Beloved in McLean.  He currently serves as the Episcopal Vicar for Clergy.  He has written for various publications and is a frequent speaker on matters of faith and doctrine.  Father Scalia’s first book, That Nothing May Be Lost, was published by Ignatius Press in 2017.

Deacon David Schaffer

Deacon David Schaffer was ordained a permanent deacon in May 1986. He currently serves at Saint John Neumann Parish. Deacon David is a graduate of Neumann University with a Master’s degree in pastoral counseling and a Master’s degree in religious studies from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. Deacon David worked for many years at the Archdiocesan Office Center in the areas of Family Life, Respect Life and Evangelization.  Deacon Schaffer and his wife Mary, now deceased, raised two children, and he has two grandsons.

 

Nancy Scimone

Nancy Scimone is a classically trained singer who has performed in concert halls and churches throughout North America. She has composed a melody of the Chaplet used at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy and the National Basilica in Washington, D.C. She spreads the message of Mercy through her drama on the life of St. Faustina.

Rev. Michael J. Shea, CM

Rev. Michael J. Shea, C.M. was born in Brooklyn, New York as the youngest of six children. After graduation from high school, he entered the Vincentian minor seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. He was ordained a priest in 1970 and for the next 13 years he taught in a number of high schools in Philadelphia.

From 1983 to 1993 Father Shea divided his time between Niagara University, NY and Auburn Univ., AL. In 1993 he was assigned to St. Lazare Retreat House in Spring Lake, MI and served there until his recent assignment as the Associate Director to the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal.

Fr. Shea is a 2005 Life Achievement Award recipient of the Right to Life of Michigan.

Sister Ann Shields

Sr. Ann Shields, SGL, is an internationally noted conference and retreat speaker, and the author of numerous books on Catholic spirituality, including “Deeper Conversion,” “To Be like Jesus,” and “More of the Holy Spirit.” She currently hosts the popular daily radio program Food for the Journey. She is part of Renewal Ministries’ leadership team and a member of The Servants of God’s Love, a charismatic religious community established in the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan. Sr. Ann was awarded the Benemerenti Medal by Pope Benedict XVI in September of 2012 for service to the Church. She also is a recipient of the Aggiornamento Award, given by the Catholic Library Association in recognition of outstanding contribution through her books and articles for the renewal of parish and community life.

Fr. Michael Speziale

Fr. Speziale was ordained to the priesthood in 2009. Previously, he attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a Master of Divinity degree. He teaches Theology at Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor, PA.

Fr. Michael P. Sullivan, OSA

Fr. Sullivan was born in New York City. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Villanova University and a Master’s degree in theology from Augustinian College. Father Sullivan did graduate work at the Catholic University of America and also received a Master’s Degree in counseling from St. John’s University. Father was ordained at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. He spent eight years in parish ministry.

Fr. Sullivan served as pastor in the Albany Diocese and as pastor of Saint Nicholas of Tolentine, the parish of his youth in N.Y.C. He was instrumental in establishing the Marriage Encounter movement in the Delaware Valley and was subsequently appointed to full-time retreat work and parish renewal preaching. Father travels the country year-round, providing parishes with unique and dynamic retreats.

Fr. Tom Sullivan

Originally from Havertown, PA, Fr. Sullivan joined the Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy in 1998. This group is dedicated to parish missions and retreats across the U.S. Before joining this Congregation, Fr. Sullivan owned his own roofing company and did extensive charity work. After his time with the Fathers of Mercy, Fr. Sullivan graduated from Holy Apostles Seminary in Connecticut, where he was ordained in 2004.

Rev. Peter Walsh

Rev. Peter Walsh is the Spiritual Director of Regina Pacis Curia.

Bill Wingard

Bill Wingard is the speaker for SHROUD TALKS, a recently established organization dedicated to presenting the history, the science and the passion of Jesus Christ as seen in the Shroud of Turin. The Shroud remains one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the world. Bill attended Maryknoll Seminary in Glen Ellen, IL for a year and graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy.

Sister Anne Winkelmann

Sister Anne Winkelmann is the Chief Clinical Officer of SODAT of New Jersey, Inc. Sister has more than 25 years of clinical experience in the addiction field. She is a licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has opened and supervised various inpatient and outpatient programs in New Jersey. Sister is a member of the Congregation Assistance Core Team for the Diocese of Camden. For the past 25 years, she has been a retreat leader for recovering men and women in the numerous states. She also has experience with children of alcoholics and victims of incest and co-dependency.

Sister also is a consultant for St. Mary’s Parish in Williamstown, New Jersey. She has given many lectures for local community schools and organizations and has a hot line to direct those needing help in the parish. In 2006, she received The Prodigal House Foundation Service Award in recognition of her Spirit of Generosity in giving of her time to all who suffer from addictions. Also in 2006, the Addiction Treatment Providers of New Jersey awarded her the Denis Mansmen Award for her dedication to the addiction recovery field.

Gary Zimak

Gary Zimak is the author of “A Worrier’s Guide to the Bible,” “Listen To Your Blessed Mother,” “From Fear To Faith” and “Faith, Hope and Clarity.” He is a frequent speaker at parishes and conferences across the United States and Canada, has an international radio following and is recognized as the leading Catholic speaker on the topic of overcoming anxiety. In addition to hosting his own daily radio show on BlogTalkRadio, Gary is a regular guest on EWTN television and radio. For more information, visit his website www.followingthetruth.com.

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