2131 Drew Avenue

Turlock, CA 95382-1709


Formation:      In October 1998, through the efforts of Bob Holstein, the Companions, mostly former—and a few current—members of the Society of Jesus, were incorporated as named above. The initial annual meeting was held at the annual reunion in February 1999. The current Officers and other Directors for 2020-2022 are as follows:*


President: James M. Donovan CFN 1974

Chief Financial Officer: Jennifer Donovan

Vice-President: John F. Suggs CFN 1984

Secretary: Robert R. Rahl CFN 1963


Additional Board Members:

President Emeritus: David T. Van Etten CFN 1958

William R. Becker CFN 1964

Gerard A. Lagomarsino CFN 1958

Robert E. Haslam CFN 1962

Douglass D. McFerran CFN 1952

Robert F. Kramer CDA 1953

David Allen Myers ORE 1957


*Historical SJ province abbreviations: CDA=English Canada, CFN=California, ORE=Oregon


Purpose:         To encourage spiritual development and the exchange of ideas on theological, moral, ethical and religious subjects; to provide opportunities for persons to act on their ethical, moral and religious beliefs; to work together with other nonprofit religious, charitable and/or educational organizations to foster, encourage, support, establish, maintain, and/or operate programs, activities, institutions or facilities which teach, encourage, implement or challenge the mission and/or principles of the Society of Jesus.


Objectives:     a) To contact former members of the Society of Jesus and encourage their participation in programs and activities of the corporation; b) to hold an annual retreat for spiritual contemplation and renewal; c) to create a communication network for former members of the Society of Jesus and other interested persons to discuss theological, ethical, moral and religious issues; d) to inform former members of the Society of Jesus and other interested persons of opportunities to act on the principles of their religious faith; and e) to seek opportunities to establish programs in conjunction with the Society of Jesus and/or other groups affiliated with its vision and commitment to alleviate poverty, to educate, to promote human and civil rights, and to achieve social justice.


Networking:   Email westcoastcompaneros@gmail.com or the designated contact for further information on any of the following activities.


            Companions 2022 Annual Reunion: February 11–13, 2022 at Villa Maria del Mar in Santa Cruz, California

            Companions 2023 Annual Reunion: February 10–12, 2023 at Villa Maria del Mar in Santa Cruz, California


            Companions Directory: Bob Holstein-initiated project to create an updated database of former Jesuits (initially CFN/ORE Provinces, now extended to many others) and to make available a Directory for all members. (Contact Robert R. Rahl westcoastcompaneros@gmail.com )


            Website:         http://www.westcoastcompanions.org


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