Introduction

 

History

Bishop Christopher Byrne

In 1946, the fourth bishop of Galveston-Houston, Bishop Christopher Byrne, invited the Passionist Fathers and Brothers to come to the diocese to establish a retreat center.  In the early years, Holy Name Retreat Center limited retreats to men as the retreats were conducted in the Passionist’s own residence.  Later in 1953, in order to invite more people to experience Jesus’ call to — “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while,” (Mark 31:6) — the first expansion of the retreat center was dedicated with over four hundred in attendance.  Further rooms, chapel, and dining hall were added in the following years.  Today, spiritual renewal through retreats, days of reflection, and other gatherings is annually experienced by over 6,000 men, women, married couples, and children.

Dedication in 1953
First retreat house and Passionist residence

Mission Statement

In keeping with the vision of Paul of the Cross, Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center supports and encourages the great human and spiritual adventure: the discovery of God and God’s loving compassion through Christ Crucified. Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center exists to provide hospitality, healing, compassion, and opportunities for spiritual growth for all people.

 

Declaración de Misión

El “Holy Name Retreat Center” es un ministerio de la Comunidad Pasionista en la Diócesis de Galveston-Houston. Somos una comunidad de sacerdotes y hermanos que compartimos un carisma común de proclamar el Evangelio de Jesús Crucificado, por medio de nuestra vida y nuestro servicio al Pueblo de Dios. Siguiendo la inspiración de San Pablo de la Cruz, nuestro fundador, nos comprometemos a mantener viva la Pasión de Cristo en el mundo de hoy. Reconocemos que la Pasión de Cristo se lleva a cabo en la vida de toda persona que sufre, que está enferma, que pasa hambre; es decir, de todos aquellos que necesitan del amor especial de Dios. Por medio de nuestros ministerios, hacemos todo lo posible para que el mundo sienta la compasión, el cariño y la comprensión de Dios.