Amigos de Jesús
126 Woodland Avenue
Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: (215) 938-4685
Fax: (215) 938-4678
Father Dennis JW O'Donnell, Ph.D. currently is the director of mission integration for the Board of Trustees and the Ministries Board for Holy Redeemer Health System’ From 1989 to 2006 Father O’Donnell served as the Rector and Spiritual Director of St. Joseph-in-the-Hills, the Malvern Retreat House in Pennsylvania.
In 1997 Father co-founded a Home for Children in Honduras, Amigos de Jesus, for abandoned and abused children. Along with the children in the orphanage, Amigos de Jesus financially supports other orphanages in Honduras, Tanzania, Argentina and Guyana as well as helping impoverished children remain with their families and in school. Over 500 children are now being served intellectually, socially, physically, emotionally and spiritually by Amigos de Jesús.
From 1982 to 1989 he was the assistant superintendent for Catholic Education in Philadelphia responsible for five special education day schools and for the curriculum in the secondary schools. He also had the responsibility for BLOCS, a development program of business leaders in Philadelphia for the Catholic schools.
Between the years of 1980 and 1982 he studied at Fordham University receiving a Ph.D.
Between 1976 and 1980 Father O'Donnell was a teacher and chaplain at Cardinal Dougherty High School, and a chaplain for the Dominican Sisters of Catherine de Ricci, who staff a retreat center primarily for women.
Immediately after ordination in 1974, he was assigned to Maternity BVM Parish in Philadelphia where he served as an associate-pastor for two years. After ordination to the Deaconate, Father O'Donnell was assigned as Assistant Chaplain at Philadelphia State Mental Hospital.
Father conducts weekend retreats and days of recollection for various groups (senior citizens, married couples, faculty, students). Father also directs retreats for religious, clergy and parish missions/retreats throughout the USA.