Catholic Housing and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s (CHCS), Saint John Neumann Place II (SJNPII), will host the inspirational series, “Vibrant Spirit,” a retreat program designed for older adults.

This series, produced in partnership with Malvern Retreat House, is designed to explore the challenges many older adults may face including illness, self-doubt, loss of loved ones, and anxiety. In order to overcome these life challenges, seniors most often rely on deep spiritual strength. “Vibrant Spirit” seeks to help them do so. Each program in the series will include an inspirational talk, music, and breakout discussion sessions. Lunch will also be provided.

All four sessions are open to the public and will take place at the following location.

Saint John Neumann Place II
Wellness Center
2627 Mifflin Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145

The first session in the series is detailed below.

Thursday, September 26, 2019
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Marty Rotella
Topic: “Are You Serious, God Loves Me?”

About the Presenter
Mr. Marty Rotella is a three-time Grammy nominee, international evangelist and renowned retreat director and conference speaker.

Additional sessions include:

Saturday, November 16, 2019,
Topic: “Stop Worrying and Start Living”
Presenter: Mr. Gary Zimak is an accomplished author and Catholic radio host. He is a renowned speaker on topics related to Stress and Anxiety and a frequent guest on EWTN and other Catholic networks.
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 20, 2020,
Topic: “Prayer Surpasses Pain”
Presenter: Ms. Jennifer Hubbard lost her six-year old daughter, Catherine Violet Hubbard at Sandy Hook, CT in 2012. She is a notable speaker on topics relating to forgiveness, hope and mercy.
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 9, 2020,
Topic: “Healing— Are You Kidding Me?”
Presenter: Ms. Kathleen McCarthy is a noted retreat master, author, speaker and President of In His Sign Catholic Radio Network. As a mother of twelve married children, fifty-four grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, Kathleen is known throughout the world for her gift of preaching and healing.
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Off-street parking is available and a free will offering will be taken up to benefit SJNPII. For additional information and to RSVP, please contact Mr. Edwin Rupert, SJNPII Wellness Center Coordinator at 267-858-4365.

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Editor’s Notes: CHCS is a leading provider of senior living services throughout the Philadelphia region. Dedicated staff are committed to providing the best quality support for seniors and their loved ones through senior programs. Programs include senior housing, senior centers, older adult care management, in-home support programs, elder care helpline, and senior clubs. To learn more about Catholic Housing and Community Services, please visit