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. Edd Salazar, S.J. was assigned to ministry at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House on October 15, 2011. Father Edd was born in 1944 in San Antonio, Texas. He entered the New Orleans Province of the Jesuits in 1962 and was ordained a priest in 1974 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Helotes, Texas. Fr. Edd will be celebrating his Golden Jubilee Year, 50 years a Jesuit, during 2012.
His past ministries have included retreat house ministry, parish ministry, and social outreach ministry in English, Spanish and Portuguese in various parts of the New Orleans Province.
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.
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 for 33 years, and the proud mother to Marco Alexander, 28, and Jennifer Nicole, 22. 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."
Furd Halsell, Grounds and Facilities. What an interesting and fulfilling place to work, this place called Montserrat. I heard about Montserrat in 1995 and came here for a men's retreat for a bit of spiritual enrichment. After all the wonderful exercises and council, I realized there was not a flower in sight anywhere. Realizing this place needed a little "Garden of Eden" attention; I decided to apply in 2007 and landed the job in February. What a happy camper this fellow is, my dreams are fulfilled! After years of experience with horseshoeing, blacksmithing, landscaping, and doodling with an art degree, I can apply myself accordingly to this wonderful place called Montserrat.
My beautiful and talented bride Jamie has also contributed to my dreams bringing forth six children into my world. They have been a treasure chest of fun, excitement and laughter. What a great life God has given me! I look forward to serving these gracious folks at Montserrat.
Maria Weintraub, Housekeeping, came to Montserrat in November 2007 as a part-time employee to housekeeping. After one year of service she became full-time and is the one person primarily responsible for keeping the entire facility beautifully clean and nicely prepared for everyone. She is happy to be working at such a beautiful and peaceful place. She considers the people she works with here at Montserrat like her own family. She feels very blessed that everyone she encounters at Montserrat is so kind to her.