Seminars in Catholic Theology - Evangelical Catholicism

taught by Eric Westby, Phd

Course description

Inspired by the famous gatherings of JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis at Oxford’s Eagle and Child pub, these seminars feature a presentation on an influential piece of Catholic literature, conversation, prayer, and glass of your favourite beverage.  Please “Bring your own Beverage” of either beer, wine or soft drink to share.

What is the future of the Catholic Church in the United States, and beyond?  What kind of reform does it need to not only meet the challenges of today but be prepared for the future?

To guide us in these issues, this seminar will examine George Weigel's Evangelical Catholicism.

In this six-week seminar, a team of presenters will lead a discussion on key themes what will impact future growth.  Presenters include Fr. John Parks, Fr. Chris Fraser, Sara Thoms, M.Div., Fr. Robert Bolding, Fr. John Muir, and Nik Nikas.

The book can be purchased here.

Dates:  Tuesdays

February 4, 11, 18, March 3, 10, 17

Times:  6-8pm

Location: St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, 2312 E. Campbell Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016.

The Institute Classroom is located to the west of the church, in the parish office building, south of the gift shop, towards Campbell Ave.

Phone: 602-954-9089

Eric  Westby, Phd
Eric Westby, Phd
Institute Director

Eric J. Westby, PhD is the Director of the Institute of Catholic Theology in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also the Director of Parish and School Catechesis at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. He is an assistant professor of Theology for Franciscan University of Steubenville. He received his doctorate from Liverpool Hope University, with his thesis entitled "Equipping the Catechist of Catechists: A Critical Discussion of Seminary Formation in Light of Priestly Ministry in Catechesis." He holds a Masters of Arts degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University in Steubenville, from where he was the first student to complete the graduate specialization in catechetics. He holds a Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies from the Center for Ministry Development, and has been involved in full-time catechesis since 1988. He is a regular presenter at the summer St. John Bosco Catechetical Conference at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has published youth ministry materials through YOU! Press and is the founder of and More importantly, he is husband to Nikki and father of five beautiful girls.