Covid-19 Update

Malvern Retreat House
Your safety is our priority

March 2021

Malvern Retreat House has updated our COVID Guidelines to reflect the most recent changes made by  Pennsylvania Governor’s office. The MRH Guidelines can be viewed or downloaded below.

March 2021 Guidelines



January 13, 2021

The Pennsylvania Governor’s office recently updated the November 20th, 2020 COVID restrictions for Pennsylvania. The guidelines from local, state, and national agencies will update as the COVID pandemic situation changes.Our goal is to keep the retreat house environment healthy and safe for all of our guests and staff.

The following highlights the COVID Guidelines for Malvern Retreat House. 

  • Travel: Guests traveling into PA from out of state are no longer required to have a negative  COVID test within 72 hours before entry OR must quarantine for 14 days.  Our Pledge/Waiver Form has been updated to reflect this change. (March 2, 2021) 
  • Masks: Universal mask-wearing is required in all public places, indoors and outdoors at Malvern Retreat House.
  • Social Distancing: Social distancing is in place throughout MRH. Occupancy for retreats is limited by social distancing requirements. We work with captains, recruiters, and retreat coordinators to safely welcome as many on-site retreatants as possible.
  • In case of illness: If a retreatant on your retreat becomes ill, the retreat may be suspended. We do this to keep retreatants and our staff safe. We remind everyone to avoid attending a retreat if they are feeling ill, or experiencing any symptoms of COVID. Anyone showing a fever at check-in will be asked to leave the retreat.

We appreciate the support of guests and staff as we implement these measures. We encourage those of you who are unable to join us in person to join us VIRTUALLY.  

We apologize for any inconvenience these ongoing changes and updates may have on your retreat plans. We appreciate your frustration; however, we are confident that by abiding by our guidelines and following these recommendations we can keep our retreatants and staff healthy and safe. Thank you for your understanding! Only with your cooperation will we keep moving MALVERN FORWARD!

Be assured of our prayers, and please continue to pray for Malvern Retreat House!


Malvern Retreat House

November 19, 2020

An Update from Malvern Retreat House       

The Pennsylvania Governor’s office released new restrictions that go into effect on November 20th, 2020.

Malvern Retreat House has updated our already strong guidelines to conform to the new restrictions.

  • Travel: Guests traveling into PA from out of state must have a negative COVID test within 72 hours prior to entry OR must quarantine for 14 days. Our Pledge/Waiver Form has been updated to reflect this change and guests will be asked to note that they have had a negative test
  • Masks: Universal mask wearing is required in all public places, indoors and outdoors at Malvern Retreat House.

The Guidelines developed by the Malvern Retreat House COVID Task Force have kept our staff and visitors safe during the COVID pandemic. We believe these additional measures enacted will help slow the spread of COVID.  We appreciate the support of guests and staff as we implement these measures.

Malvern Retreat House is committed to serving retreatants and to our mission. The Retreat House remains open with limited capacity and COVID guidelines in place.  We do understand that many people have concerns and we invite you to join in a virtual retreat, and visit our You Tube Channel for ongoing support!  The good Lord has provided us all with the technology needed to keep us connected to one another in these difficult times!

Be assured of our prayers, and please continue to pray for Malvern Retreat House!

Update July 28, 2020

The Malvern Retreat House Board and staff are pleased to report that our new guidelines are in place. In recent weeks, as began our phased reopening, guests and staff have embraced these guidelines.   We are confident that the COVID measures will  keep staff and guests safe. The following are the key points for guests visiting Malvern Retreat House.

  • Social distancing is in place. The recommended six feet distance limits occupancy. This means that a limited number of retreatants can be on-site and/or in different areas at the same time.
  • Masks are required as mandated by the State of Pennsylvania. Reminders and signs are posted throughout the buildings as a reminder for all who visit Malvern Retreat House.
  • Wellness and temperature checks are a new part of our check-in process. Guests have their temperature taken by Malvern staff and sign a pledge which includes a short wellness questionnaire.
  • Retreats are shortened. Pre-registration is required and walk-ins cannot be accepted.
Thank You!

For your information, we are sharing this COVID Risk Index from the website 


June 2020

In March of this year, Malvern Retreat House closed our on-site facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have missed the hustle and bustle of a busy retreat house, and miss all of you, our friends, supporters and guests.Chester County recently moved into the Green Phase of Pennsylvania’s reopening plan. We are pleased to share the good news that our tentative phased reopening date for on-campus retreats is July 15, 2020. We will open in a limited capacity with new protocols in place to ensure the safety of staff, retreatants and guests.

The Board of Directors of Malvern Retreat House has created a COVID-19 Task Force comprised of Board members and key staff focused on mapping out the specific procedures to reopen safely and prudently.

The Task Force has:

  • Implemented local, state, federal, and archdiocesan guidelines
  • Developed a comprehensive plan for  virtual and on-site retreat delivery
  • Established best practices for operations and facility procedures
  • Integrated an effective communication plan

In addition to the above-mentioned goals, a comprehensive fundraising initiative,MALVERN FORWARD, has been launched to ensure a healthy financial future for the Retreat House.

The beautiful setting of Malvern Retreat House, with its exquisite grounds, historic buildings and holy shrines, will remain a place to retreat from the worries of life to rediscover God’s peace and grow in relationship with Him!

This is an exciting time for Malvern Retreat House and we appreciate your understanding and patience. We are confident that your prayers and generosity have sustained us these last few months and we are deeply grateful!


Together we can. With God’s grace, we will!


Mark Poletunow, President

Jacki Delaney, Chair of the Board                      


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