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Welcome Reverand James T. McGuinn – Rector, Malvern Retreat House

February 8, 2019

Dear Friends in Christ,

I am pleased to announce that Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has appointed Rev. James T. McGuinn as Rector of Malvern Retreat House/Saint Joseph in the Hills, effective Monday, February 11, 2019.

Fr. Jim’s appointment concludes a four-month search process.  In addition to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, we reached out to nine religious communities for rector candidates. Several priests were under consideration. Fr. Jim was selected after a thorough interview and vetting process conducted by members of our Board of Directors and staff.

He is the son of Eddie and Mary McGuinn, both of whom were born in Ireland.  He has one brother, three sisters, and lots of nieces and nephews.  He grew up in Philadelphia, went to college in Massachusetts, and lived for a year in a monastery in Pittsburgh.  He attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA, and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1988.  He has been a parochial vicar, a high school teacher and chaplain, director of the Newman ministries at two universities and a pastor.  He is the author and founder of CONNECTIONS, which is a new process that inspires and equips Catholics to grow in their faith and be fully devoted disciples of Jesus Christ.  He loves Catholic evangelization, helping parishes achieve their redemptive potential, and forming leaders. Fr. Jim is very excited about his new ministry and the opportunity to work with our staff, Board and retreatants in this important work of evangelization.


Mark J. Poletunow




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