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!"