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Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House Celebrates 60 Years

Aug. 30, 2019 - Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House in Lake Dallas, Texas, will this October celebrate its 60th year of service to individuals and faith communities in North Texas and beyond. Founded in 1959 by the Jesuits of the former New Orleans Province, now the USA Central and Southern Province, Montserrat serves as a place for silent reflection and spiritual renewal.

During the past six decades, the lakeside campus has welcomed more than 150,000 retreatants. Women and men have come to pray, to listen, to learn. What they have found is peace and innovative encouragement in their faith through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Supported by the center’s stated mission to “bring the transforming Good News of Jesus Christ to individuals and society”— people who come here discover a dynamic approach to spirituality, one that encourages change and freedom.

Last year, more than 6,000 people visited the campus for retreats, lectures, classes and meetings.  Montserrat is led by a  community of three Jesuit priests: Fr. Anthony Borrow, Fr. Ron Gonzales and Fr. Roy Joseph. 

“St. Ignatius tells us to 'Go, set the world on fire'," said Fr. Borrow. "The goal of the Jesuits and our lay collaborators is to enflame hearts to love and follow Jesus. Our mission field isn't the world, but it does include North Texas, Oklahoma, northern Louisiana and beyond. We know from experience, and our vision grows, that persons who experience Montserrat will animate their parishes, reach out to those on the margins, and be spiritual leaders in their daily lives. Blessed are those who hear His call and are able to generously respond."

Montserrat’s campus includes space for diocesan, parish and religious organizations to host gatherings. In 2013, the Ignatius Spirituality Institute (ISI) was founded at Montserrat to train future church leaders, both lay people and vowed religious, in the reflective traditions of St. Ignatius. These efforts mark Montserrat as healthy, vibrant and impactful on this 60th anniversary.

If you would like more information about this topic, contact Fr. Ron Gonzales at 940-321-6020, or email ron.gonzales@montserratretreat.org or visit Montserrat's website





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