2019 Montserrat Directed Retreats Spiritual Companions

 

The Ignatian Spiritual Institute and Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House are delighted to introduce you to the team of spiritual companions who will serve during the 5- and 8- day directed retreats scheduled to begin on June 16, 2019 at Montserrat. Our "team" includes spiritual directors with long history of helping others. They have already begun praying for retreatants and rely on your prayers for them. 

Fr. Anthony Borrow, S.J.

Fr. Anthony is director of Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House. Anthony is a Jesuit priest of the UCS Province. He completed his theological studies at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. Since Anthony's ordination in 2010, he served as campus minister, school counselor and theology teacher at Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, Texas. He also served as the Associate Pastor at Immaculate Conception Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is the author of Toward Greater Freedom, an adaptation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. Anthony has a Master of Arts in Counseling and Family Therapy from St. Louis University and has worked with gang members in Honduras and those incarcerated in prisons, jails, and detention centers. Anthony enjoys playing racquetball, cooking and promoting the use of open source software.

Carol Atwell Ackels

Carol is the Director of the Ignatian Spirituality Institute. A spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition and Senior Ignatian Fellow of Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House, she serves as retreat director of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius in various formats. She offers weekend retreats, the Exercises in Everyday Life, and one-to-one directed retreats at Jesuit retreat houses across the United States.  She co-authored with Joe Tetlow, S.J. the  twelve week ignatian retreat, Finding Christ in the World. Carol holds a J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law and is currently pursuing a Master of Art in Theology and Leadership at Gonzaga University. She and her husband reside in Dallas and are the parents of five adult children and grandparents to two.

Susie Andrews

Susie experienced the Towards Greater Freedom retreat at Jesuit Dallas seven years ago and has served as a companion for groups in TGF and the 12-week retreat Finding Christ in the World since then. She made the 19th annotation of the Spiritual Exercises two years ago. She has attended various retreats and workshops at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House and classes at the Ignatian Spirituality Institute. She felt invited to enroll in ISI’s two-year curriculum to train companions to take others through the 19th Annotation retreat. Susie earned a Bachelor of Journalism and J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and had careers with the Associated Press and a Dallas law firm before “retiring” to raise her two sons, now in their 20s. She and her husband David Andrews reside in Dallas. She enjoys laughter, jogging, PGA Tour golf and vacations in the Oregon Cascades.

Ron Boudreaux, S.J.

Fr. Ron Boudreaux, S.J. serves as pastoral assistant at Holy Name Parish in New Orleans, La. He gives numerous retreats at Jesuit retreat houses every year and has helped many others move into the retreat ministry. He has also served as formator of spiritual directors in the ignatian tradition throughout Texas and Oklahoma. In 2010, he was missioned to his tertianship studies at Weston, Massachusetts.  During that time he ministered with the Jesuit Institute of South Africa in Johannesburg. Born in the small town of Scott, Fr Ron graduated from the University of Southwest Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) with a BA in French, minors in English and Spanish.  He entered the US Army Security Agency in 1968, studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, and served as a Russian linguist in Germany until his discharge in 1972.  Ron received his Master Degree in Architecture from the University of Colorado in 1987. After entering the Society of Jesus in 1997, he went on to study philosophy at Gonzaga University and Loyola University Chicago.  He received a Masters in Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkley, California in 2005.

Neitheva Calta

Neitheva holds a Bilingual Elementary certification and an MBA from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education. In Mexico. Neitheva has been serving as an elementary teacher since 2004. Her initial Ignatian experience was in 2001 back in Mexico where she took the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in Casa Iñigo with Fr. Enrique Ponce de Leon S.J., an 8 day retreat. She felt invited to step deeper into Ignatian spirituality ever since. She made the 19th annotation of the Spiritual Exercises  in 2006 with Fr. Joe Tetlow S.J. Since that time, she has served as a companion. She has attended various retreats and workshops, as well as retreat workshops and the Ignatian Foundations program led by Father Joe Tetlow, SJ. at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House. In addition, classes at the Ignatian Spirituality Institute. She is happily married with Cliff and she has a loving daughter of 6 years old.

Mike Chesney, S.J.

Fr Mike Chesney is a Jesuit priest with more than 20 years’ experience teaching in Jesuit High Schools across the Southeast.  For the last six years he’s been getting his feet wet in pastoral ministry at Sacred Heart Church of El Paso.  He is familiar with St Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises, and has directed more than a hundred individuals in them. 

El padre Mike Chesney es sacerdote jesuita con más de 20 años de experiencia como profesor en colegios jesuitas.  Hace seis años que ejerce ministerio pastoral en la iglesia Sagrado Corazón de El Paso.  Conoce los Ejercicios Espirituales de San Ignacio, y ha dirigido a más de cien personas en ellos. 

Sheila DeSantis

Sheila is an Ignatian spiritual and retreat director. She helps others make the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday life, as well as serving as companion for the Toward Greater Freedom retreat at Jesuit College Prep in Dallas, and Finding Christ in the World retreat in various parishes and churches. She has continued serving the retreats for many years while also helping form and train new Companions. Sheila is also the Chair of the ISI Board of Directors. Sheila was in the first group to make both the Toward Greater Freedom retreat and the Finding Christ in the WorldRetreats. She participates in days of reflection and retreats at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House including both personal and couples retreats, and numerous ISI workshops.  Sheila made the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday life and completed the ISI Spiritual Companioning program in 2015.  Sheila is an architect, and enjoys traveling, viewing art, and painting.  She and her husband live in Dallas and have two adult children. 

Cyndy Mathews

After working many years in the area of human resources and employee benefits, Cyndy retired from the corporate world and found herself more involved in the Church and ministry. Cyndy holds a Bachelor of Science degree and completed the Univ. of Dallas Catholic Biblical School in 2006.  In 2010, she completed a three year program in spiritual direction from Our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spirituality, in association with Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH.  As part of that program, Cyndy made the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises and felt invited to step deeper into Ignatian spirituality. Today, she serves as an area spiritual director and facilitates Ignatian prayer and faith-sharing groups, as well as takes others through the 19th Annotation retreat.  Cyndy has attended retreats at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House for several years, as well as retreat workshops and the Ignatian Foundations program led by Father Joe Tetlow, SJ. Cyndy has served as spiritual director for JVC retreats, and for individual five and eight day retreats at Montserrat. She and her husband, Jack, are the parents of adult sons.

Mark McKenzie, S.J.

Fr. Mark is a retreat director and a member of the Jesuit Community at Montserrat Retreat House. He completed his theological studies at the Divinity School of St. Louis University in 1970, having been ordained a priest in June 1969. His ministries have included teaching Mathematics at Rockhurst High School, Kansas City, MO, and St. Louis University High School, St. Louis, MO; and parish ministry at Sacred Heart Parish, Denver, CO, Holy Trinity Parish, Trinidad, CO, and St. Matthew Parish, St. Louis, MO. He also served as the Pastoral Assistant for the Central & Southern Province of the Society of Jesus for 5 years. During his years at Holy Trinity and at St. Matthew, he directed many parishioners in the 19thAnnotation version of the Spiritual Exercises.

MK Simion

MK began her Ignatian journey with the Toward Greater Freedom retreat at Jesuit Dallas in 2008. Soon after her initial experience she continued her journey by making the 19thAnnotation of the Spiritual Exercises. She served as the director of the TGF retreat for Jesuit parents and continues to serve as a companion for groups making the Spiritual Exercises in everyday life in various parishes and churches in the Dallas area as well as working one on one as a spiritual director. MK is married to Steve Simion and they are the parents of four grown children.

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Roberta Ward

Roberta’s experience of the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life gave her a desire to continue along the path of Ignatian Spirituality.  She has attended trainings and seminars with the Ignatian Spirituality Institute and other locations around the country.  She is a graduate of a three-year program for Spiritual Direction at the Cenacle of Our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spirituality associated with Franciscan University of Stuebenville, OH.  Roberta serves as a spiritual director, accompanies others through the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life, and is a facilitator of Ignatian group retreats at the parish level.  She has served as spiritual director for individual 5 and 8 day retreats at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House and currently serves on the Board of Managers of ISI.  She is an LSU graduate.  Since retiring from the airline industry, Roberta continues to pursue her love of travel.  She and her husband Greg reside in Coppell where they are members of St. Ann Parish, are the parents of two adult children, their spouses, and enjoy the gift of spending time with grandchildren.