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 Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas 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 Church 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 Jesuit 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 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 Cristo Rey model.
He previously served on the board of Cristo Rey Jesuit 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. 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 University, 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. In the next eleven years, 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 here at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House.
Phil Pace, Business Manager, came to Montserrat Retreat House in 1997 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.
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 whom she has met.
Julio Mendez, Food Service Manager, is originally from Mineral Wells, TX. After graduating high school in 2002, he was accepted into the prestigious Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Julio obtained an Associates of Applied Science in Culinary Arts in 2004. After graduating, he moved to London where he worked for a year. He returned to Johnson & Wales University to obtain a Bachelors of Science degree in Nutrition and a minor in Food Science in 2006. After traveling and living throughout the United States, Julio found his way back to Texas. Julio feels blessed to have been part of Montserrat since August of 2016.