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Men of Malvern, V. 13 No. 3 March 1951.
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Men of Malvern, V. 13 No. 3 March 1951.
Malvern Retreat House.
13 March 2015
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Volume 13. 1 J Circulation Last Month 21,337 LITTLE OLD NEW YORK" EDITOR'S NOTE I By ED SULLIVAN We are privileged to reprint this column of Ed Sullivan's -which appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer and 98 daily papers throughout the nation. The column appeared on February 1, two days after Mr. Sullivan had been a guest at our Annual Dinner. Philadelphia Story Thomas F. Murphy, king-sized Police Commissione of New York City, also was the brilliant prosecutor of Alger Hiss, so it was in this dual capacity that he was addressing the Men of Malvern in Philadelphia's Convention Hall. Mal- vern goes back almost 40 years in Philadelphia history, a Laymen’s Re- treat League that developed from the 1912 visit to New York of a Philadel- phia business man, the late John Fer- reck. Its wooded retreat is near the little Pennsylvania town of Malvern. Dropping in at Old St. Peter's on Barclay St., Ferreck read placards of religious retreats that were being held for laymen on Staten Island. He went to one and found the experience so re- fre'shing,that he started the some idea in Philadelphia. Today, it has grown to the point where 11,000 men attend annually. “For years," said Commissioner Murphy, “when my brother Johnny pitched for the New York Yankees, I always was intro- duced as his brother. This is a frustrating experience best ex- pressed in the story of two brothers who used to go fishing together. One of them caught all the fish, the other caught nothing. So, one moming, the luckless brother swiped his brother's fishing tackle, to prove it was the difference in gear, rather than technique. He didn’t catch a fish. Bitterly, he "broke the pole and threw it overboard. ' said: ‘Where's Murphy paused: “I’ve been asked the same question for years." That question, asked during Thomas Murphy's prose- cution of Alger Hiss. “In my opinion,” said the Commis- ioner, “one of the bravest of all Amer- cans, and one of the most gallant, was Vhittaker Chambers. agony and humiliation to which he submitted himself, when he realized ' V ‘ ’ “At that instant, a big fish swam up to the boat, looked up hopefully and your brother?” Mr. however, wasn't Consider the that the Communists were intent upon seizing this country. “Chambers could have remained silent. In silence, he would have protected the $30,000-a-year position he held; silence would have protected his wife and two lovely children, who forever must bear the scars have protected of that dreadful experience. And silence would him from the devilishly clever smear campaign launched against him by Communists and their dupes in this country. No person ever has been submitted to such on organized attack of lies, gc-ssip', innuendos." “Whittaker Chambers has few equals in moral bravery, or ‘physical bravery. And all of his charges were proved true. It was Whittaker Chambers who shocked the country into the realization that insidious poison had reached high into our government. I have nbounded admiration for him, and I never let the opportunity escape to tell such a gathering as this the true story of his mag- nificent service to our country.” Mllvem is within n few miles of Valley Forge, Where Wash- ington knelt in prayer for his tattered army. The first Retreat Master was the Jesuit Father Terence J. Shcaly. Currently, the post is held -by Rev. Dr. James W. Gibbons. Phila- delphia lawyer John J. Sullivan is president. Dr. Gibbons is one of the finest speakers this reporter ever has heard. He described historians as "the coro- ners of history," and marshalling their reports, he said that thirteen empires which once ruled the world were de- stroyed, not from the outside, but by moral decadence. He called on America to join such groups as the Men of Mal- vern in militant rejection of the godless aterialism which threatens the world structure. He warned, too, that a concept of “something for nothing“ was false, and pagan. MARCH, 1951 LENTEN MESSAGE Our Retreat Master, Doc- tor Gibbons and Vice-Rea tor, Father Kane, will speak on A daily Lenten Program telecast over Station WPTZ -Channel 3 in Philadelphia. Dr. Gibbons will ap ear at ll:55 A. M. on uesday. March 6th, and Father Kane will be on at the same hour on Thursday. March 8th. 1951 Annual Dinner Seen In Retrospect The Men of Malvern have great reason to rejoice on the success of our last Annual Din- nor, for no other Annual Dinner ever focused national attention upon our Retreat League as did the occasion of January 30. Our Retreat Master, Doctor Gibbons, has been the recipient of a constant stream of mes- sages from both the clergy and the laity, praising his inspiring message and congratulating the Men of Mslvern upon the selec- tion of the speakers and the manner in which the Dinner was conducted. Practically every Catholic newspaper in the country car- ried an account of the affair, and in the secular press we re- ceived nationwide attention through Ed Sullivan’s column, which is reprinted in this issue. Time Magazine, in its Febru- ary 12 issue, carried excerpts of Commissione Murphy's talk, under the heading of “Moral Courage,” and noted the 38-year growth of Men of Malvern. The February 5 issue of Life, with Commissioner Murphy pro- filed on the cover, was another timely release that brought wide notice. Captains and Committees Too much praise cannot be given to the Committees and to the Captains who co-operated so splendidly, especially the Ticket Committee with William J. Kane, as Chairman. Vice General Chairman John E. Green, upon whom most of the detail work devolved, and his Sectional Chairmen spent hours telephoning the CA. Cap- tains and checking on reserva- tions. C.A. Captain Joseph F. Hsly and his Arrangements Commit- tee, saw to it, that everything was in perfect readiness. Board Members Thomas G. Cairns and T. Walter McGrath made a splendid team as Chairmen of the Reception Committee, and had everyone seated at their proper tables in smooth fashion. Chairmen James E. Corcoran and Joseph P. Kearney of the Decorations Committee did a most effective job while Board Member Francis J. Sirch pro- duced the most attractive souve- nir program, which won the (Continued on Page .5) Recovering Father John Murphy, our as- sistant Retrest Master, is recov- ering from a recent attack of influenza. of MVRN Number 3 At the Foot of The Cross Ways of the Cross, and on Good Friday afternoon, March 23, at one o'clock, will come to St. Joseph's-in-the-Ilills, together with lheir men friends, to join in the Devolions of the Three Hours’ Agony. Many to Attend Devotions At Malvern on Each year the Men of Mal- vern observe, in a very special manner, the day commemora- ting the Passion and Death of Our Divine Lord, when on Good Friday afternoon they, and their men friends, join with the Holy Week Retreat, in the Three Hours‘ Agony devotions. This year the exercises will begin at one o'clock with the reading of the Passion, followed by chants and prayers appro- priate to the day. Meditations Meditations on the Passion will be delivered by our Retreat Master Doctor Gibbons, Father Kane, and Father Murphy. Fol- lowing the chanting of the “Lamentations of Jeremias," two groups will be formed to follow the Way of the Cross. The first group, composed of the Holy Week Retreatants, will wend their way along the Station: which have their be- ginning near Captains‘ I-lsll, while the visiting pilgrims will follow the Via Crucis adjacent to Corrigan Hall. Good Friday At the twelfth Station, both groups will merge to listen to our Retreat Master's discourse on the Seven Last Words. Upon the completion of the Way of the Cross both groups will meet at the tomb of Bishop Corrigsn, to pray for the repose of the souls of departed Men of Malvern. Of Special Import In this troubled year, with so many of our Men of Malvern entering the armed forces, and many others awaiting the call, it may be expected that a greater number than usual will be present at St. Joseph's-in- the-Hills, on Good Friday af- tcrnoon at one o’clock. ln Appreciation William M. Tipping, Associ- ate Captain of the 'I'hos..Cairns Group, who presented a Com- munion plate, a memorial to the family of Charles C. Tipping, to St. Joseph's-in-the-Hills. John H. Miller, of the Phila- delphia Inquirer, for his gener- ous contribution of three books for the library at Malvern. Partial Schedule M A R C H 2 - Juno: E. MacDu-mott - Georg: Ermcntrout V - Holy Family Groiip . Jouph M. D0l.enI lb - Palm Sunday - Jonph A. Lamoullo. Esq. 71 G Holy Went Rntrnl - Paul R. Bohnn, Esq. 30 - Cunaculum Group . Benjamin A. Pnllidine A P RI L 6-Nuion Memorial- Jouph A. Donogllun J3 - Frederick J. Bohror 20 - Anthony Lalli - Thornu Bonagura 11 - Wilmington Grbup . Thomas w. Mulrooney of I95l Retreats M AY 4 -e- Durkin - Schiciling Group ll-Mother‘: my Group. L c. Schloicher no Mid-May Group-John E. Grnnn 25 G Robert A. O‘Co:mgl] J U N E I-Thomas J. Reilly, Esq. 8 - Socrud Henri Group - Dr. F. H. Hodgxan 15- Six-Thru Group - Joseph Adoliul 21 -- Collingiwood Group . Postal Group 29- Navy Yard - A. F. Allan -' J. Aquilino Pntrlci J. Robinxon