Father Joseph W. Koterski SJ

Rev. Joseph W. Koterski SJ, R.I.P.

All of us in University Faculty for Life are still reeling in shock about the passing of Father Joe Koterski SJ. Father Koterski died on August 9, 2021 while preaching a retreat. Here is a link to a story about his passing in the Fordham News.

Father Koterski was a giant. He was a holy priest who lived out his religious vocation as a member of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). He was an integral member of many academic organizations, including service as the President of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and as the long-time Secretary of University Faculty for Life. In reality, he was the glue who held  University Faculty for Life together for many years.

He was a learned scholar who gave selflessly to many apostolates.

There will be much more to follow.


Richard Myers

Richard S. Myers, the Vice-President of UFL, is Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law, where he teaches Antitrust, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, and Religious Freedom. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Kenyon College and earned his law degree at Notre Dame, where he won the law school's highest academic prize. He began his legal career by clerking for Judge John F. Kilkenny of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Myers also worked for Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Washington, D.C. He taught at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law before joining the Ave Maria faculty. He is a co-editor of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Natural Law Tradition: Contemporary Perspectives (Catholic University of American Press, 2004) and a co-editor of Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy (Scarecrow Press, 2007). He has also published extensively on constitutional law in law reviews and also testified before Congressional and state legislative hearings on life issues. Married to Mollie Murphy, who is also on the faculty at Ave Maria School of Law, they are the proud parents of six children - Michael, Patrick, Clare, Kathleen, Matthew, and Andrew.