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November 20, 2023

Divine Gratitude: Thanksgiving’s Resonance in Catholic Retreats

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it’s easy to lose sight of the profound connections between gratitude, spirituality, and the rejuvenation of the soul. As we approach the season of Thanksgiving, there’s a unique sanctity found in the embrace of a Catholic retreat—a space where the[...]

 
November 3, 2023

All Souls’ Day: A Day of Remembrance and

In the crisp, autumn air of early November, we find a day that transcends the earthly realm, a day when the veil between the living and the departed grows thin. All Souls’ Day, celebrated on November 2nd, and often overshadowed by Halloween and All Saints’ Day, is a solemn[...]

 
July 31, 2017

1921

In 1921, John Cabrey and Richard McSorley were tasked with finding a site better suited to the League’s retreats. After viewing more than 100 locations, the two were inspired[...]

 
July 31, 2017

1921

The Laymen’s League’s final retreat at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary was held from September 2-5, 1921. The League spent the next year preparing for their first retreat in Malvern.

 
July 31, 2017

1922

On May 22, 1922, St. Joseph’s Hall, Malvern Retreat House’s first building, was formally dedicated by Cardinal Dougherty. Two weeks later, 33 attendees participated in the first retreat held[...]

 
July 31, 2017

1923

In 1923, Malvern Retreat House, also dubbed St. Joseph’s-in-the-Hills, acquired 50 additional acres of land. This purchase was made possible through a donation from Lowell Gabble and his wife.[...]

 
July 31, 2017

1923

On September 30, 1923, five sisters from the Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Germany came to Malvern to assist retreatants as cooks and housekeepers.[...]

 
July 31, 2017

1924

In 1924, the Men of Malvern Newsletter began fundraising to construct a new dormitory with modern amenities, such as running water. Harry J. Johnson, a retreatant and contractor, was[...]

 
July 31, 2017

1938

In 1938, William Lennox and Matthew McCloskey were tasked with the creation of a new hall that would allow St.-Joseph’s-in-the-Hills to accommodate additional retreatants. They hired John Neeson as[...]

 
July 31, 2017

1939

In 1939, the League purchased 23.5 acres of land, bringing the estate’s total acreage to 131. Six years later, the League further expanded the property by an additional 19[...]

 
July 31, 2017

1941

As America stepped in to World War II, so did many Men of Malvern. Dan Corry attended a retreat on Father’s Day in 1941, and when he returned home,[...]

 
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