University of Notre Dame

San Miguelito Mission Records


Origination : San Miguelito Mission.
Extent : 15 linear feet. 15 photographs. 5 linear inches of printed material.
Repository : University of Notre Dame Archives
Address : Notre Dame, Indiana 46556
In Spanish and English.

Preferred Citation

San Miguelito Mission Records (SMM), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556

Scope and Content

Correspondence, financial and parish records, subject files, histories of the mission, printed material, and photographs. Principal correspondents include John Cardinal Cody of Chicago, Archbishop Marcos McGrath of Panama, and the priests of the mission and the Archdiocese of Chicago: Leo T. Mahon, Donald Headley, Frederick McTernan, John Enright, and John Greeley.


The mission was an experimental parish organized by the Archdiocese of Chicago in San Miguelito, Panama, 1962. By 1980 the mission had assumed control over fifty-three parishes and base communities (comunidades de base) surrounding San Miguelito. Controversy involving questions of theology and liturgy led to the termination of the project by the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1980. The mission has been considered an early example of the practice of liberation theology.


San Miguelito Mission.
Liberation theology.
Christian communities -- Catholic Church.
Cody, John Patrick.
McGrath, Marcos, 1924-
Mahon, Leo T.
Headley, Donald.
McTernan, Frederick.
Enright, John P.
Greeley, John.
Latin America -- Religion.
Catholic Church -- Panama -- San Miguelito.

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