At a meeting in Rome Father Kolvenbach, then the head of the Jesuit order, gave Bob his blessing for our work, suggesting that in a way we were still Jesuits regardless of our present careers or even our religious orientation.
Soon enough we also incorporated our group as a non-profit organization in order to pass on tax-exempt donations to various causes both here and overseas. Also, we began to listen to the wives who wanted to be with us at our gatherings and so now we include women among our roster of Companions and members of our board.
Almost from the beginning we began to use email listservs as a way of exchanging views throughout the year. Since the pandemic we also have Zoom meetings twice a week for anyone interested. There are no dues and no other formalities for membership. Our only restriction as a non-profit group is that we take no official positions on political issues.
Presently we have Companions throughout the world, not just from the two westcoast provinces that have now merged to be Jesuits West. Our membership includes present and former Jesuits as well as individuals with a close connection (family or otherwise) to the Jesuit world. There will be a form further on in the site for you to let us know who you are. This site is still under construction