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 Fr. John Paul Durán, LC, 

President, Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center

Fr John Paul Durán was born in Tucson, Arizona to Colombian parents and grew up in Bogotá, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Atlanta. He entered the Legionaries of Christ in 1998, and was ordained a priest on December 12, 2011. His pastoral formation included serving as a seminary formator in both Spain and Rome, leading youth groups in the US and Spain, and preaching missions in Colombia, Mexico and Fiji. He served four years as Vice Rector of Legion of Christ College in Cheshire, Connecticut, and is currently President of Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center and Regnum Christi Women Section Director.


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Angela Draley

Director of Operations

 

 

 


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Jane Newstedt

Program Director

 

 

 


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Program Assistant

 

 

 


 

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Patty Hodgson

Administrative Assistant

 

 

 


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Finance and IT

 

 

 


 

2016-2017 Spiritual Exercises Preacher Team

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Fr. John Paul Durán, LC

Fr John Paul Durán was born in Tucson, Arizona to Colombian parents and grew up in Bogotá, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Atlanta. He entered the Legionaries of Christ in 1998, and was ordained a priest on December 12, 2011. His pastoral formation included serving as a seminary formator in both Spain and Rome, leading youth groups in the US and Spain, and preaching missions in Colombia, Mexico and Fiji. He served four years as Vice Rector of Legion of Christ College in Cheshire, Connecticut, and is currently the President of Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center.


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Fr. John Hopkins, LC

Fr. John Hopkins entered the religious congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1979. In 1991, he was ordained a priest by, now, Saint John Paul II.   He served five years in the Washington, DC, area and was a significant influence in the founding of Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center and Center for Family Development at that time. Later he was transferred to Atlanta, GA to found Legionary apostolates in that state. After completing a sabbatical of study in Rome and receiving his licentiate degree in Moral Theology in 2004, he returned to the DC area and was appointed President of Our Lady of Bethesda. His rich experience in pastoral work with married couples and families has greatly influenced the development of the Center’s mission and programming to better serve families in the community.


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Fr. Stephen Howe, LC

Fr. Stephen was born and raised in Australia. He joined the Legionaries of Christ when he was eighteen years old. After two years of Novitiate studies, he went on to study Humanities, and completed Bachelor Degrees in Philosophy and Theology and a Masters Degree in philosophy. In 2014, he was ordained in Rome and stayed on there for two to continue his studies, earning Masters Degree in Spiritual Theology. He is now stationed in Washington, DC where he will be working adults in the Regnum Christi Movement, and at Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center.


frjacoboFr. Jacobo Muñoz, LC

Fr Jacobo Muñoz was born in Madrid, Spain. He joined the Novitiate of the Legion of Christ in Salamanca, where he did his first four years of formation to become a legionary priest. In Rome, he completed a Masters Degree in philosophy in the Gregorian University and a Bachelor Degree in Theology in the Atheneum Regina Apostolorum. After his priestly ordination in 2002, his ministry was focused in the formation of seminarians in Medellín, Colombia and New York, USA. He served also as Territorial Director in Italy and France before being transferred to Washington DC, where he has been serving as superior of the legionary community in Washington and doing pastoral work with married couples and families.  In 2017 he was appointed Locality Director for the DC metropolitan area.


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Fr. John Pietropaoli, LC

Fr. John Pietropaoli was born in Malone, New York. He entered the Novitiate of the Legionaries of Christ in Cheshire, Connecticut, in September of 2000. He subsequently studied Classical Humanities in Cheshire, and completed his studies in Philosophy and Theology in Rome, Italy. He was ordained a priest on December 15, 2012, and completed a Master´s Degree in Spiritual Theology in Rome in 2014. He is currently serving as the chaplain at Divine Mercy University in Arlington, Virginia.