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. 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. Barbieri has been Retreat Director since July 1, 2014.
Fr. Ronan Newbold 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.
Deacon James Anderson
Deacon James Anderson, our current Administrator at Holy Name Retreat Center, was ordained into the 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, who is now 30 years old. He 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.
Patty Masson is a native Houstonian, and is new to the ministry team at Holy Name. She is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, and is a member of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Spring, Texas, where she has been active in several ministries, including lector, Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion, Life Teen music ministry, Engaged Couple Sponsor (with husband Ed), ACTS, Pastoral Council, and homebound visitation. Patty celebrates her 38th wedding anniversary this year, and has three children and five grandchildren. She is very excited to have the opportunity to serve as a vessel for the Passionist mission.
Cesar Prada 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 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.
Monica works as the Director of Outreach Ministries for St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Spring, TX, where she helps coordinate outreach ministries and also has the distinct privilege of serving those who seek financial assistance and other help from the church. Before joining St. Ignatius, she lived at Casa Juan Diego in Houston serving homeless immigrants, refugees and battered women. In her past professional life, she was a journalist, writing for papers such as the Miami Herald and the Houston Chronicle. She has degrees in theology from the University of St Thomas and a masters in print journalism from the University of Miami. She recently completed a masters in Faith and Culture at the University of St. Thomas. She has a dog named St. Joan of Bark. She is also learning guitar and still enjoys writing.
Leonard was ordained a deacon in January of 2003 and assigned to his parish at the time Saint Mary of the Purification. He was reassigned to the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in November of 2008. In December of 2009, he was appointed Vicar for Catholics of African Descent by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo and reappointed in December 2012. Leonard is a native Texan born in Port Arthur and educated by the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and The Josephite Fathers at Sacred Heart School. He is married to Ava August-Lockett and the father of two children. Leonard began attending retreats at Holy Name in 1994 and this will be his inaugural retreat season as a member of the staff. The blessings of his diaconal ministry are conducting parish missions, presenting workshops on Black Spirituality, preaching and serving as Vicar to the Black Apostolate within the archdiocese.
Kate and her husband Deacon Mike Mims arrived in Houston in 1997 by way of California and then Australia where they lived for 6 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 3 sons and 3 beautiful grandchildren. Kate studied long side her husband at St. Mary’s Seminary for 4 years culminating in his ordination to the diaconate in 2007. Kate has resided here in Texas for 18 years. She is a founder and member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in The Woodlands. She has been the leader of Art and Environment, taught Confirmation for a decade, and instructed marriage prep for over 40 couples. She currently teaches RCIA, Adult Confirmation, and her own class called Catholic 101 (for Catholics to learn more of their own faith). Kate was lead to the Retreat Center after the death of her husband and is excited to be a new addition to the retreat team.