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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 ten 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 served as Retreat Director from July 1, 2014 to July 1, 2018, and now serves as the Director of Ministry.

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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.

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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 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.”

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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.

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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.

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Janet Northrup

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.

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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."

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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.

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Fr. Antonio Curto, C.P.

Associate Director of Hispanic Ministry

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