1962-1986.Origination : San Miguelito Mission.
San Miguelito Mission Records (SMM), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556
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.