Author, A. J. West, with Pope John Paul II at his Summer residence outside of Rome. 1987
A.J. West is an Author, Philosopher, Historian, and Theologian. He received his B.A. degree in Philosophy and History from Loyola Marymount University, in Los Angeles, California. He spent two years in a monastery continuing his studies in Thomistic Philosophy and Augustinian Spirituality. He continued his graduate studies in Rome, Italy, receiving a Masterís degree in Theology, from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, (Pope John Paul II alma mater). He is an active member of several Roman Catholic and political organizations. He presently resides in Northern California.
Only six months away from becoming a Roman Catholic Priest he was stopped by the same liberal infiltrators that had stealthily gained positions of authority within the Church, particularly in America. These men continued to promote known, practicing homosexuals into the priesthood while "weeding out" men like Mr. West who held fast to the traditional teachings and practices of the Catholic Faith.
Mr. West has met many good and holy people in his travels. He had the great privilege to meet Pope John Paul II several times, having 2 private audiences which included attending his celebration of Holy Mass in his private chapel and recieving Holy Communion from his hands.
Mr. West also had the great grace of meeting and becoming friends with Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta while she visited her Sisters in Rome. He also met, became friends with, and was mentored by Father Malachi Martin, author of many books including; Windswept House, Hostage to the Devil, The Jesuits and The Keys of This Blood.
AJ West meeting Mother Teresa of Calcutta in her convent of San Gregorio in Rome. This photo was take in 1984 while West was studying to be a Catholic Priest.
While studying in Rome, Mr. West had the honor to work as a "CoWorker" of the Missionaries of Charity, assiting the street people and the poorest of the poor of Rome. From cleaning lice out of the hair of a sweet beggar, handing out bread and bowls of soup to bathing the infirm. His experiences are forever in his heart.