Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House
Invites you to join Fr. John Payne, S.J. for our #15 Men's Holy Week Retreat March 25-28, 2018
Take time for yourself, be renewed and draw closer to God; come to a retreat at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House
- A retreat is a time of quiet when you can get away from the ordinary demands of life.
- A retreat provides both time and space to gain a better perspective on the deeper meaning of your life.
- A retreat offers more of what you yearn for, that is a place and a way to come to know God better in intimate and personal relationship.
- A retreat is a time of reconciliation and peace.
- A retreat is a gift you give yourself and allow the Lord to bless the gift. It is a time for you to be good to yourself.
Discovering or deepening your own way of praying is an important outcome of the Montserrat retreat. A Montserrat retreat will ask you to look at your relationships: with God, with your spouses and families, with friends, with the Church, with your own world -- and with you own self. And you will hear Jesus Christ saying to you "Do not be afraid."
About your Director:
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 previously served on the board of Cristo 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.
HOW TO REGISTER
- Register online here or call 940-321-6020. Register early and reserve your place with a $50.00 advance deposit.
- Major credit cards/checks accepted. Private accommodations, meals, prayers talks, and individual spiritual direction are all included.