MARANATHA House of Prayer (MARANATHA) offers a sacred and welcoming space where people of Christian faith can renew and deepen their relationship with God through a variety of retreats, spiritual accompaniment and formation.
It is unique in its resource pool of local, regional and international Ignatian directors and formatters who help the Jesuit-lay ministry in the promotion of the Spiritual Exercises.

Vision Statement

MARANATHA caters to the spiritual needs of Catholics, and Christians of other denominations, in Malaysia and its neighbours, through retreats and spiritual directions.

Mission Statement

MARANATHA is a Jesuit-lay ministry committed to the promotion of Ignatian Spirituality based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Grounded in the Word of God and Catholic tradition, the Exercises invite us to open our minds and hearts to live the Gospel values and find God in all things.

Management Committee

MARANATHA House of Prayer (MARANATHA) is indeed blessed to be supported by committed lay volunteers who devotedly serve in the Management Committee to oversee the management and administration of the retreat centre. Through their efforts and contribution, the Committees have kept MARANATHA financially viable and stable so as to continue to make Ignatian retreats available through the years, since its inception.

It is a Jesuit–lay ministry committed to praise and reverence God, and offering the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius as a way of discovering ourselves and noticing the forces that block and prevent us from being in a loving relationship with God; and learning from Jesus in the gospels the compassionate mercy of God. The 450 year old Exercises continue today in liberating us from unloving, and transforming us to see God in all things, and to respond in loving ways.

The present Management Committee of MARANATHA is as follows:

  • Fr Christopher Wee, SJ
  • Patricia Lam
  • Teresa Tee
    Hon Secretary
  • Lionel Lai
    Hon Treasurer
  • Pilarico Napatud
    Building Maintenance
  • Caroline Peter Dabbi
    Promotion & Marketing
  • Cecilia Chai
    Formation & Retreat

About the
Mission Statement

St. Ignatius of Loyola was a Spanish nobleman and soldier who fought fervently for king and country. While convalescing following a serious battle injury, he experienced a profound conversion, out of which he developed a way for personal spiritual growth. He wrote down these experiences, and his programme of prayer and reflection later came to be known as the “Spiritual Exercises”.

These Spiritual Exercises use Scripture, meditation and contemplation to pray and discern how best to follow Christ and serve God. By making the Spiritual Exercises, we are led to a personal and intimate experience of God. Ignatian Spirituality fosters interior freedom and helps us to become more aware of how God is present in our daily lives and to choose Christ in our daily decisions.

In doing this, we take cognisance of faith that does justice and engage our Catholic tradition, while recognising our Asian roots and wisdom, other traditions and cultures.

The Place

Built on Lot 74a at the Janda Baik Homestead, 27km from Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, Janda Baik is a sprawling 75,908 sq ft sanctuary, nestled 2,000 ft above sea-level in the cool tropical hill environment of a pine-forest reserve.

The Place and the Ambience

MARANATHA House of Prayer is situated amidst a landscape of pine forest and gardens. The sound of gentle streams enriches the environment. The place is easily accessible by car from Karak Highway less than an hour's drive from Kuala Lumpur.

Retreat Experience

The prayer experience of a retreat awakens a deeper communication and heightens awareness of God's presence in one's life and work. God is host and invites this closer relationship with Him, guided by an experienced retreat director.

There is a great need for people to get away from the hustle and bustle of working and family life, to spend some time in quiet reflection and contemplation to experience God in a deep and personal way to be enriched, energised and renewed to see God in all things.

Discover New Life

Step aside from your daily routine and discover a fresh perspective. Relax and reflect in the midst of alluring and serene nature which helps to restore life's energy and inspiration.

You Are Invited

Come and relax in unhurried quiet. Discover your own heart's desire. Map out the choices you face in prayer and in peace.

Availability for Reservation

On the days where there are no scheduled retreats, MARANATHA is available to group and ministries wanting to organise their own prayer retreats.

MARANATHA does not cater for individual, personal retreats, youth, family and church camps. A regular menu of wholesome meals and beverage is provided at the retreats. MARANATHA is in a natural environment that is eco-friendly to God's small creatures.

Contact person for registration or scheduled and non-scheduled prayer retreats: Michael Tan, MARANATHA Coordinator @ +6012 871 8722 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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For official correspondences, please mail to:

MARANATHA House of Prayer
Xavier Hall
135 Jalan Gasing (Section 10)
46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor DE

MARANATHA House of Prayer is located at:

A074 Persiaran Pines
Janda Baik, Bukit Tinggi
28750 Bentong, Pahang

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