Wednesday, October 4, 2006

FCA's Jesuit Honor Roll

This list was originally taken from Credo's "In Good Company". I have added names and will continue to update the JHR as I find the time and resources. I would also like to highlight a cool blog I just discovered: A Little Battalion, which claims to be, "An eclectic assortment of mild-to-moderately obsessive Jesuit lovers, striving to turn worry into prayer. Or at least into an entertaining and informative blog. A.M.D.G." A Little Battalion has its own "A-list" of what it calls "Good Old-Fashioned St. Ignatius Jesuits". I have integrated their "A-list" into my own.

Thumbing my nose at the widespread anti-Jesuitry in St. Blog's parish, and the Catholicism-I-Know generally, I I decided to add this list to FCA for two reasons. First, Credo said, yes, I could steal the idea!

Second, I attended a Mass 5 November 2005 at Fu Ren University in Xin Zhuang (near Taipei); November 5th is the feast of All Saints and Blesseds of the Society of Jesus. The day was really something for me. It was not a fruit-loopy Mass (which, I admit, I slightly worried about having with "those darn Jesuits"). The worship was strangely simultaneously Gregorian and modern (i.e., male chanting harmony plus overhead songs and a subdued electric guitar). The fathers there, most of them, were old (very old), but nearly to a man they exuded such jolly fraternal joy! Before Mass, I made confession with a young Jesuit, which, I was stunned and delighted to realize, was one of the best confessions I've ever experienced. I smiled despite myself as the priest counseled me about "movements" and "sensations" of the soul. "This is Jesuit theology!" I said to myself, "as if straight from St. Ignatius to me!" "Right before my eyes!" All in all, it was a real pleasure to enjoy such nice "company" (not to mention the plush free meal afterward!).

The criteria for making the list are: 1) be a Jesuit, 2) persevere as a Jesuit, 3) at the very least not actively promulgate grave doubts, heresies, or scandals as a Jesuit, 4) work, preach, teach or write in a Christ-honoring, Ignatian way (and about issues I find interesting and/or commendable), and 5) reach my blogging radar. Fr. Walling, for example, whom I met last November at Fu Ren, has been serving in China/Taiwan for decades, and directs retreats at the Manresa Center in Jing Shan; so not only do I respect his work as a Jesuit, but also know him personally -- in fact, he might lead me through the Exercises next summer! Of course, what's the bottom line criterion for making the Jesuit honor roll? What else but: "Ad majorem Dei gloriam!"

  • Fr. John Hardon, S.J. (R.I.P.) [more]

  • Fr. Greg Jordan, S.J. [more 1, 2]

  • Fr. James Schall, S.J. [more 1, 2]

  • Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J. [more]

  • Fr. Paul Mankowski, S.J. [more]

  • Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J. [more]

  • Fr. Joe Koterski, S.J.

  • Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J. [more]

  • Fr. Paul Shaughnessy, S.J.

  • Fr. John Kavanaugh, S.J.

  • Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.

  • Fr. Jim Kubicki, S.J.

  • Fr. Ron Tacelli, S.J. [more]

  • Fr. Richard Hermes, S.J.

  • Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J.

  • Fr. John Conley, S.J.

  • Fr. Edwin F. Healy, S.J.

  • Fr. Tom King, S.J.

  • Fr. Ray Gawronski, S.J.

  • Fr. Bill Kurz, S.J.

  • Fr. David Meconi, S.J.

  • Fr. Dick Tomasek, S.J.

  • Fr. Al Winshman, S.J.

  • Paul Cardinal Shan Kuo-hsi, S.J. [more 1, 2]

  • Fr. James Chevedden, S.J. (R.I.P.)

  • Fr. Norman Walling, S.J. [MORE]

  • Ignatius Cardinal Pin-Mei Kung, S.J. (R.I.P.)

  • Archbishop Tang Yee-Ming, S.J. (R.I.P.)

  • Fr. Martin McDermott, S.J.

  • Fr. Edward T. Oakes, S.J.

  • Fr. Brian E. Daley, S.J.

  • Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J.

  • Fr. Louis Aldrich, S.J.

  • Fr. Christopher Steck, S.J.

  • Fr. Paul McNellis, S.J. [more]

  • Fr. Robert I. Bradley, S.J.

  • Fr. Thomas M. King, S.J.

  • Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, S.J. [more 1, 2]

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