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Fr. Joe Barbieri, C.P.

Fr. Joe is the eldest of two children, born in Toronto, Canada of Italian parents. Originally ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Toronto, after a brief stint as an associate pastor, he was sent to Rome for further studies. He served in the diplomatic service of the Holy See for a period of about 10 years in Angola, Colombia, Senegal, Bulgaria, Poland and finally in the Vatican. Feeling deeply drawn by the Crucified Christ to serve Him as a Passionist, Fr. Joe joined the Congregation while in Italy and professed first vows in 2006. In 2010 he was invited by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to serve at St. Mary’s Seminary as Director of Spiritual Formation. In July of 2014, as his contract with the Archdiocese was coming to term, Fr. Barbieri was invited by Holy Cross Province to succeed Fr. Joe Moons as Retreat Director of Holy Name Retreat Center. Fr. Joe now is the Director of Ministry as of July 1, 2018.



Fr. Ronan Newbold, C.P.

Fr. Ronan professed vows as a Passionist on July 22, 1963 and was ordained to the priesthood on May 24, 1969. He was sent to Japan and after two years of language school, he worked in a parish for one year and then at the Passionist Retreat Center located in Takarazuka. For nine years he conducted retreats on the weekends at the center and parish missions outside. In 1982 he returned to parish work in Nishi Chiba, and became pastor in the city of Shikama in Hyogo prefecture. In 1990 he was elected Regional Superior and served for 8 years. He returned to the United States in December of 1999, and helped out at Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center in Citrus Heights, CA. After being associate pastor at Immaculate Conception parish in Chicago for ten years he returned to Christ the King for a year and a half and then was transferred to Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center in March, 2014.



Kate Mims

Kate and her late husband, Deacon Mike Mims, arrived in Houston in 1997 by way of California and then Australia where they lived for six years. Kate was an education (and volleyball) Major at Cal State Fullerton. In 1984 she married her husband, Deacon Mike, who passed away in January 2015 in a tragic accident. She has four sons (three by birth and one by covenant) and nine beautiful grandchildren. Kate studied alongside her husband at St. Mary’s Seminary for four years  culminating in his ordination to the diaconate in 2007. Having been blessed with this amazing education, Kate strives to share it with others around her. Kate is absolutely certain that what Socrates said about the world is true concerning her Catholic faith, “The more you learn the less you know.”



Deacon James Anderson

Deacon James, Administrator of Holy Name Retreat Center, was ordained into the Permanent Diaconate on January 31, 2015 and assigned to Saint Theresa’s Catholic Church in Sugar Land, TX. Deacon James is originally from South Louisiana and a University of Louisiana, Lafayette Ragin Cajun. His oilfield job moved him and his wife of 33 years, Carla to Sugar Land in 2005.They have one daughter; Megan. Dcn. James has recently retired from 35 years in the Oil Industry and now spends his time in ministry to the Church and Holy Name Retreat Center.




Cesar Prada

Cesar is from Colombia, married and has a daughter.

Graduated from the University of Santander Colombia; he has a educational background in Religious Special Education. He has extensive experience in the religious formation of Ministries of Children, Youth, Adults and Pedagogical Advisor as Pastoral Training Programs.

Cesar Prada nació en Colombia, casado y tiene una hija. Egresado de la Universidad de Santander; Licenciado en Educación Especial en Estudios Religiosos, Filosofía y Letras, con una Maestría en Pedagogía, posee una amplia experiencia en la formación Religiosa de Ministerios de Niños, Jóvenes, Adultos y como Asesor Pedagógico en Programas de Formación Pastoral.



Deacon Pat and Chrys Hancock

Deacon Pat and Chrys were born and raised in the Houston area. Both were brought up in very faithful and active Christian families. Chrys became Catholic in 1992. She has taught religious education for over thirty years. Chrys has been involved in the parish life of Christ the Good Shepherd in a variety of ways from Respect Life to the Fall Festival, to Marriage Preparation. Deacon Pat enjoys the great variety of ministries with which he is able to participate. He was named Deacon of the Year at the Diocesan Knights of Columbus Clergy Appreciation Dinner in 2010. Starting with his first retreat at Holy Name in 1973 the Passionists have been a big part of Pat and later Chrys’ life.


Janet Northrup

Janet is with the Law Firm of Hughes Watters Askanase LLP, having served as an attorney for more than 38 years in the Bankruptcy arena. She was appointed to the Chapter 7 Panel of Trustees for Texas’ Region 7, and serves in the Houston/Galveston Texas Division Southern District. Currently she is serving her 33rd year as a Panel Trustee. Janet and husband, Bobby, have been happily married for the past 30 years. They have two grown daughters, one son-in-law and two grandsons ages 10 and 13. They have been members of St. Michael the Archangel Church for the past 20 years. Janet and  Bobby are very involved in their church community, chairing the quarterly blood drives, mentoring married and engaged couples through St. Michael’s Marriage Prep team, and have been active with Special Youth Services doing spiritual Counseling at the Juvenile Detention Center for over 25 years. Janet serves as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, is a member of the Sanctuary choir, and is a coordinator and facilitator of the Bible Study “Forgiven and Set Free” in the Arch-Diocese of Galveston-Houston. Janet is a Board Member for Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center and serves on their Charism Committee.