Fr. Joseph Joe Tetlow, SJ, (left) joins Jimmy Dauzat at his retirement party Jan. 31, 2019, at Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House in Grand Coteau, La.
Jimmy Dauzat Retires from Our Lady of the Oaks

Feb. 4, 2019 – Jimmy Dauzat retired Jan. 31, 2019, as the director of Our Lady of the Oaks Jesuit Retreat House in Grand Coteau, La. 

After more than eight years of fine service, Dauzat has decided to spend more time with his family, including his grandchildren. The staff at the retreat house celebrated his retirement with him, his wife, daughter and son-in-law. In fine Cajun tradition, Jesuits, administrators, the kitchen and maintenance teams enjoyed a luncheon of crawfish étouffée on his last day. 

“Jimmy put his heart and soul into this ministry,” said Fr. Louis McCabe, SJ, retreat director at Our Lady of the Oaks. “He improved and upgraded the grounds and the buildings, leaving the house looking very sharp.”

Dauzat also managed the hiring of all the staff and the recruiting of visiting Jesuits to direct some of the retreats. As an alumnus of the late Fr. Ken Buddendorf's Emmaus training sessions, Dauzat gladly served as an innkeeper and led a couple of weekend retreats each year. He continued to help train new lay directors through his strong support for Fr. Joseph Tetlow's New Emmaus Seminar. As a result, the retreat house has five or six lay preachers of the weekend retreats on the schedule for 2019. 

Peter Baudoin, who has served on the board of the retreat house, will serve as the next director. 

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