Rev. Richard Benson, CM

Vice President and Academic Dean



STL, PhD, and STD, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven


Richard Benson, CM is a Vincentian Father, a member of the Congregation of the Mission, Western Province.   He has served as the Vocation Director for the Province of the West, Superior of St. Vincent’s Seminary and the director and superior of Amat House of formation for Vincentian seminarians.  He obtained a STL a PhD and STD from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.  He served at St. John’s Seminary for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for 18 years as the Vice Rector, Academic Dean and Chair of the Moral Theology Department.  His primary areas of teaching and research are fundamental moral theology, Catholic social teaching (social justice), and Catholic bioethics. He has offered continuing education courses to priests and deacons in the Archdioceses of Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Dioceses of Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino and Monterey, among others. He also has served as a bioethics consultant to several Catholic hospitals. He was the superior of the Vincentian Mission in East Africa.  He has also taught as an adjunct professor at several institutions including DePaul University.  Presently he is the Vice President and Academic Dean at the Catholic Theological Union.