Fr. Nicholas (Sam) Divine, C.P.
Nicholas (Sam) Divine, CP. is a Passionist priest. Nicholas is from Old Ward Four, a traditional Polish American Catholic neighborhood in Holyoke, MA. After receiving a B.A. Philosophy degree from nearby St. Hyacinth College, Granby, MA, and a M.A. Theology degree from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, CT., Nicholas taught religious studies, creative writing, poetry, and humanities in both Catholic and public schools for 18 years. Post September 11th, Nicholas served God and Country in the United States Army for eight years. Shortly after his return home, Nicholas was hired to serve as campus minister of Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School in Birmingham, AL where he met and worked with the Passionist Fathers and Brothers. He entered the Passionist postulancy program housed at Holy Name Passionist Community in 2014 which prepared him well for the 2015 -2016 Novitiate at Christ the King Retreat, Citrus Heights, CA. In May 2019, he graduated from the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, receiving M. Divinity degree while serving in local parishes. He was ordained a deacon on September 26, 2020 in Chicago, at St. Clare of Montefalco Chapel. On March 7, 2021, he was ordained a priest in the chapel of Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center. Nicholas enjoys playing ice hockey, canoeing and writing. He has one full length comedy play, “Right Angles”, published as a book in July 2018. Nicholas’ heart is humbled and joyful to be joining the team at Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center as the Director of Ministry to the glory of God and in service to God’s people.
Fr. Ronan Newbold, C.P.
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 eight years. He returned to the United States in December of 1999, and helped out at Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center in Citrus Heights, California. 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 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 eleven 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 Anderson, our 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,
Texas. Deacon James is originally from South
Louisiana and a University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Ragin’ Cajun. His oilfield job moved him and his wife of 36 years, Carla, to Sugar Land in 2005. They have one daughter, Megan, who is now 33 years old. In 2015 he retired from 35 years in the oil industry and now spends his time in ministry to the Church and Holy Name Retreat Center.
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.
Janet is with the Law Firm of Hughes Watters Askanase LLP, having served as an attorney for more than 40 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 35th year as a Panel Trustee. Janet and husband, Bobby, have been happily married for the past 32 years. They have two grown daughters, one son-in-law and two grandsons ages 12 and 15. They have been members of St. Michael the Archangel Church for the past twenty 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 in the past worked 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.
Deacon Pat Hancock
Deacon Pat Hancock is a native Houstonian and a product of our Catholic Schools. He was taught by the Dominican Sisters at Assumption and then St. Pius High School. Deacon Pat and his lovely bride Chrys have four grown children and six grandchildren all of which live close to them. Deacon Pat was ordained in 2007 and serves at St. Anne's in Tomball. In 1973, he made his first retreat at Holy Name and has remained active here ever since. Deacon Pat says "Over these many years the Passionists’ at Holy Name have been one of the biggest and most fruitful blessings in my life. I pray the same will be yours."
Lori Kananen, L.M.C.
Lori Kananen is the Lay Pastoral Associate at
Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center. In 2017, she completed a graduate program in Spiritual Theology from the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. She received her certification as a Spiritual Director through The Cenacle of Our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spirituality in association with the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Lori offers spiritual direction based upon the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. She currently resides in Spring with her family. As a Lay Missionary of Charity, Lori strives to adhere to this way of life and to share the gifts she has been given.
Fr. Antonio Curto, C.P.
Associate Director of Hispanic Ministry