Fr. Anthony Borrow, S.J., Jesuit Community Superior, was born and raised in Florida and graduated from Barry University with a Bachelors in Liberal Studies. Fr. Anthony studied Spanish and has had the opportunity to travel to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Honduras and the Dominican Republic to immerse himself not only in the language but the diverse cultures of the Hispanic community.
Fr. Anthony entered the Society of Jesus in 1998 and has regularly been involved with ministering to a variety of incarcerated populations (detention centers, jails, and juvenile detention centers). He studied philosophy at St. Louis University where he also obtained a Masters in Counseling. He then went on to study theology and obtained his Masters of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California. Fr. Anthony was ordained a priest in 2010 at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama.
As a Jesuit, Fr. Anthony has taught theology at Dallas Jesuit College Preparatory and later served as Campus Minister, theology teacher and school counselor at Cristo Rey Jesuit in Houston, Texas. While teaching, Fr. Anthony wrote a series of reflections to help his students learn and experience the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola. More recently, Fr. Anthony served as the Associate Pastor at Immaculate Conception parish in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition, he has served on the board of the Ignatian Spirituality Institute.
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 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.
Fr. Chris Schroeder, S.J., comes from St. Louis, MO. He graduated from De Smet Jesuit High School, and after a two-year period of discernment as a student at Saint Louis University, in which he discovered that the Jesuits in his life were “the most successful men I knew,” he entered the Jesuit novitiate in 2002. As a Jesuit, Fr. Chris continued his academic formation at SLU and at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, studying along the way topics like the emotions’ role in perception, the relationship of human reason and faith, rhetorical theory and its use in preaching/Bible interpretation, and the Early Church’s understanding of salvation as a process of divinization.
As a Jesuit, Fr. Chris has been highly influenced by his time in Central America. Spread over various periods and in various countries, especially Belize and El Salvador, these assignments helped him to learn to speak in Spanish as well as to foster a love of pastoral contact with people at the economic and geographic margins.
In addition, Fr. Chris has taught at Arrupe Jesuit High in Denver, where he was also director of the school’s Kairos retreat program. He has also been a staff writer for TheJesuitPost.org, a media outlet run by Jesuits in formation that seeks “to show that faith is relevant to today’s culture and that God is already at work in it.” He has written on topics such as how baseball illustrates grace, his experience working among prisoners at San Quentin, as well as helping to cover Pope Francis’ visit to Brazil for World Youth Day 2013. He was ordained in St. Louis in 2014, and prior to his assignment at Montserrat, he was an assistant pastor in St. Francis Xavier parish and the campus ministry chaplain for Rockhurst University, both in Kansas City, MO.
Fr. John Lan Tran, S.J., was born and raised in Bao Loc, Vietnam. He migrated to Kansas City, Missouri, in 1983. He graduated from Rockhurst College, in 1991, with a Bachelor in Physics and Computer Science. After college, he worked for three years as an environmental scientist and another three years as a computer programmer.
Fr. John entered the Society of Jesus in 1997 as a member of the Missouri Province. In the next eleven years, as he went through the formation process of the Jesuits. During this time, Fr. John was also leading retreats geared towards Vietnamese-American youth in the U.S. For several summers, he also led retreats for religious men and women in Vietnam.
Academically, Fr. John obtained a Masters of Art in Social Philosophy from Loyola University in Chicago in 2002, a Masters of Divinity from Boston College in 2008, and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L., an ecclesiastical degree), focusing in Pauline Theology, in 2009. Fr. John was ordained a priest in 2008 at College Church in St. Louis, Missouri.
In 2009, Fr. John was assigned to work part-time in campus ministry, and to teach computer science classes part-time at St. Louis University High School (SLUH). A year later, he was assigned to the Director of Campus Ministry position at SLUH. In this capacity, he directed retreats, helped with service programs, and to facilitate student involvement and leadership in different aspects of campus ministry. In 2014, Fr. John was reassigned to St. John’s Junior College in Belize, where he taught classes in Mathematics and Theology. During this time, he was also working as Director of Mission and Identity. In November 2016, Fr. John returned to the U.S. to work as a retreat director at Montserrat Retreat House.
Joseph Hamaty, Executive Director. Born and raised in Florida, Joseph completed a Master of Science in Administration with a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Administration from the University of West Florida. Additionally, Joseph has a Master of Science degree in Criminology from the Florida State University through which he completed a graduate study on the Victimology of Abortion. He is currently pursuing a Certificate in Theology and Ministry from Loyola University's Institute of Ministry.
In his most recent work experience, he served the poor by working as a Program Specialist with Food For The Poor, an international relief and development agency based in South Florida. There, he successfully headed two major campaigns. Prior to that, Joseph worked for the State of Florida for four years in different administrative capacities and supervisory roles.
Joseph's love for the Catholic Church and her teaching has always been evident. For the past ten years, Joseph has volunteered and served in many ministerial roles. As the Treasurer of the Catholic Student Union, he planned and organized weekly meetings enriched in the Gospel and also directed a Eucharistic centered retreat for over 200 college students. Joseph has spoken at numerous retreats, including marriage preparation programs which he co-led with his wife. Joseph is a member of the Knights of Columbus and has spent his most recent years developing programs, improving administrative practices, and meeting goals through fundraising.
Phil Pace, Business 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.