Fr. Westberg grew up in Japan where his parents were missionaries with the Evangelical Covenant Church. While in graduate school in Toronto he became an Anglican, and experienced a call to ordained ministry. After seminary training and ordination in 1978 he served in the Diocese of Toronto for ten years, in both rural and city parishes.
After the death of his first wife, Lynne, Westberg remarried and moved the family temporarily to Oxford, England, where he studied with Oliver O’Donovan and Herbert McCabe, OP, and wrote a dissertation on Thomas Aquinas and the virtue of prudence.
From 1990 to 1998 Westberg taught ethics at the University of Virginia; then he spent an interim year teaching theology at a seminary in Canada. Since his appointment in 2000, Fr Westberg has been teaching ethics and moral theology at Nashotah House.
His books include Right Practical Reason: Action, Aristotle and Prudence in Aquinas (OUP, 1994), and a collaboration with the late Reginald Fuller resulted in the 3d edition of Preaching the Lectionary (2006). Many articles have been published in journals such as The Anglican Theological Review, The Thomist, and New Blackfriars, as well as several short articles in The New Dictionary of Christian Ethics and Pastoral Theology (InterVarsity Press).
Westberg’s areas of special interest are moral psychology, natural law, and political theology. Current projects include To Delight in His Will and Walk in His Ways, a new introduction to moral theology for college and seminary classes; a theological study of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion; and the development of a book on the ethics of health care.
Fr. Westberg divides his time between Wisconsin and Sweden, where his wife Lisa is a hospital physician in the province of Småland. They share an interest in people, classical music, and outdoor activities such as bicycling and sailing. They have four adult children in Canada and the US, and (so far) has three grandchildren.
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