Malvern Retreat House announced recently that Father Herbert J. Sperger has been appointed rector, pro-tem, to direct the spiritual ministry of the largest Catholic retreat center in the country.

Father Sperger, who has served the Archdiocese of Philadelphia since his ordination in 1979, began serving at Malvern Retreat House Oct. 3 as a temporary assignment while he continues a period of discernment with the Norbertine Order at Daylesford Abbey, Paoli.

Previously, he served as pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in South Philadelphia and has extensive experience in adult faith formation in both English and Spanish.
Malvern Retreat House, owned and operated by Catholic laity, was founded in 1912 and will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year.