The Jesuits

Fr. Ronald J. Boudreaux, S.J.Director, hails from nearby Louisiana.  Born in the small town of Scott, he graduated from the University of Southwest Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) with a BA in French, minors in English and Spanish. 

Fr. Boudreaux entered the US Army Security Agency in 1968, studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, and served as a Russian linguist in Germany until his discharge in 1972.  Fr. Boudreaux received his Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Colorado in 1987. After entering the Society of Jesus in 1997, he went on to study philosophy at Gonzaga University and Loyola University Chicago.  He received a Masters in Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkley, California in 2005.

Fr. Boudreaux served as retreat master at Montserrat from the fall of 2006 until the summer of 2010, when he was missioned to his tertianship studies at Weston, Massachusetts.  During that time he ministered with the Jesuit Institute of South Africa in Johannesburg. Fr. Boudreaux returned to Montserrat in July 2011 and currently serves as superior to the Jesuit community and Director of Montserrat.  



Fr. Edmundo Rodriguez, S.J. has been a strong force in Hispanic ministries for forty years. Ordained in 1966 and prepared by graduate studies, he was made pastor in San Antonio and helpled establish Communities Organized for Public Service. COPS changed the city council to include minorities. He served as provincial of the New Orleans province. He was appointed to the National Catholic Committee on Hispanic Ministry, and co-founded PADRES, the national organization of Hispanic priests. He was dean of Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving and comes to Montserrat from eight years as pastor of the Jesuit church in Albuquerque.  



Fr. John R. Payne, S.J. grew up in Galveston and entered the Jesuits immediately after graduating from Kirwin High School.  In the long course of Jesuit training he studied at Grand Coteau, Louisiana and Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama before teaching at Strake Jesuit and then moving to Toronto, Canada for theology.  After ordination he pursued graduate work in American Civilization at The University of Texas in Austin.  While there he wrote a dissertation on a saintly and heroic Jesuit, Father Louis J. Twomey, S.J., whose dedication to Jesus and others made him a powerful force for social change.  With that phase of study completed he accepted an assignment to help in the early years of forming the Spirituality Center at Grand Coteau and taught novices there. 

He spent many years at both Loyola University in New Orleans and Spring Hill College and four years at Jesuit of Dallas serving to foster the distinctive Jesuit approach to education while serving on the faculty and engaging in ministry.  During the past 13 years he served in Austin, Texas to help support the Catholic identity of one secondary school while helping with the foundation of another based on the Christo Rey model. 

He presently is on the board of Christo Rey Jesuit Preparatory in Houston.  Bishop Gregory Aymond, then Bishop of Austin, appointed him to the position of “Minister to Priests” in 2005 with the approval of the Jesuit Provincial and he provided spiritual guidance to brother priests of the Diocese of Austin until leaving to accept assignment to Montserrat in the spring of 2012.


The Staff


Phil Pace, Busines Manager, came to Montserrat Retreat House in 1997 as part-time and temporary to provide bookkeeping and financial assistance to Fr. Jack Heaney. His work expanded to full-time in 1998 under Fr. George Wiltz.

Phil was appointed business manager by Fr. George Wiltz in 2000 and has continued in that capacity under Fr. Hernando Ramirez, Fr. Joseph Tetlow and now Fr. Ron Boudreaux.


Luz Restrepo, Administrative Assistant, arrived at Montserrat in February 2004. Before that, she was an annual retreat attendee since 1999. Luz was born in Colombia, South America and came to the United States when she was nine years old. She is the proud wife of Orlando and the proud mother to Marco Alexander, and Jennifer Nicole, Luz achieved her Associate Degree in Bilingual Teaching from Tarrant County Community College. She loves Montserrat and feels very blessed and privileged to be working here with the Jesuit priests, and all the wonderful people who she has met.



Sheila McLaughlin, Administrative Assistant, started at Montserrat in January 2012.  Prior to that she was a Montserrat volunteer and annual retreat attendee since 1996.  A native Texan, Sheila received her BBA from the University of Texas at Arlington.

"Montserrat and the Jesuits helped me to hear and recognize God's voice for the first time, connect with Him more deeply, and recognize His unwavering love for me.  So it's no surprise that what I enjoy most about my job is supporting all of the Jesuits and staff here, and encouraging and welcoming people, especially newcomers, on retreat."     


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