University of Notre Dame

Richard J. Westley Papers


Origination : Westley, Dick.
Extent : 1.25 linear feet.
Repository : University of Notre Dame Archives
Address : Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Administrative Information


Richard J. (Dick) Westley.

Preferred Citation

Richard J. Westley Papers (RJW), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556

Scope and Content

Handouts, programs, and related papers from workshops and retreats conducted by Richard J. Westley, 1968-2006; Westley's newsletter "In the Meantime" on a CD-ROM; and records of talks organized by Westley and given by Father Leo Mahon in Chicago concerning his work in San Miguelito Mission, Panama, liberation theology, and the Church after the Second Vatican Council.


Richard J. (Dick) Westley finished his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in 1954. From 1954 until 1968 he taught at Barat College. From 1968 until his retirement in 1999 he taught at Loyola University of Chicago as a Professor of Philosophy and also as a faculty member of the university's Institute of Pastoral Studies, where his work concerned a vision for the Church and its mission after the Second Vatican Council. Author of nine books, he conducted workshops and retreats throughout the Untied States and lectured on religious and moral issues. He produced a monthly pastoral newsletter called "In the Meantime" for the Thomas More Association.

Westley also organized events at which Fr. Leo Mahon gave talks. Fr. Mahon, a priest in the Archdiocese of Chicago, served as a missionary in Panama, where he helped to develop base communities associated with liberation theology.


Westley, Dick.
Mahon, Leo T.
Loyola University of Chicago. Institute of Pastoral Studies.
San Miguelito Mission.
Pastoral theology -- Catholic Church.
Theology, Practical.
Liberation theology -- Panama.
In the Meantime

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