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Personal/Theological Notebook: Introducing Sir John Cavadini

My mentor from my Master's work at Notre Dame, Professor John Cavadini, has just had his excellence recognized in a pair of distinctive ways, I just found out from a Notre Dame mailing. The first is the biggie, being a theological position of some significance. The second is more fun, especially for a scholar of - among other cool persons - Gregory the Great. (As illustrated by the volume he edited, Gregory the Great: A Symposium.)

All this from a man who would sit in his office with me and express his dismay that all his students were smarter than he was, and that he should resign and just be a swim coach.


Notre Dame Theology Chair John Cavadini Appointed Vatican Adviser
December 16, 2009 • Michael O. Garvey

John C. Cavadini, associate professor and chair of theology and McGrath-Cavadini Director of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life, has been appointed to the International Theological Commission by Pope Benedict XVI.

The International Theological Commission consists of some 30 theologians from around the world. An advising body to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, its members are personally appointed by the pope, who reviews their credentials himself.

Bishop John M. D’Arcy of the Diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend said that Cavadini’s appointment “brings honor to our diocese and to Notre Dame, especially to its theology department.”

Praising Cavadini’s scholarship, teaching and example, Bishop D’Arcy observed that “he has always linked teaching and a spiritual life and prayer with study. His classes show a person who prays and binds himself closely, not to some proposed church of the future, but to the real church of the bishop and the faithful. He sees theology as at the service of the church and of her needs.”

A member of Notre Dame’s faculty since 1990, Cavadini specializes in patristic and early medieval theology, the theology of Augustine and the history of biblical and patristic exegesis. Often and widely consulted by Church leaders, ministers and teachers, he recently has become interested in and active on behalf of the development of theological education in the Catholic Church of Africa.

The author of several books in his chosen discipline, Cavadini also writes essays, articles and reviews in popular journals. In September he was appointed by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president, as co-chair of a new campus Task Force on Supporting the Choice for Life.

Originally published at newsinfo.nd.edu on December 16, 2009.


Theologian John Cavadini Receives High Papal Honor
November 20, 2009 • Michael O. Garvey

John C. Cavadini, associate professor and chair of the theology department and McGrath-Cavadini Director of the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, has been named by Pope Benedict XVI a member of the Order of the Knights of St. Gregory the Great.

Cavadini received the papal honor at the request of Bishop John M. D’Arcy of Fort Wayne-South Bend, who praised Cavadini “for his study of Catholic theology, his recruiting of outstanding theologians for the theology faculty at Notre Dame, and his assistance to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.”

Established in 1831, the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great honors its recipients for service to the church, support of the Holy See, and for witnessing to the Catholic faith in their country and communities.

As a theologian, Cavadini specializes in patristic and early medieval theology, the theology of Augustine and the history of biblical and patristic exegesis, but he has lectured and written about all aspects of religious belief in general and the Catholic Church in particular.

Often and widely consulted by Church leaders, ministers and teachers, Cavadini recently has become deeply interested in and active on behalf of the development of theological education in the Catholic Church of Africa. In September he was appointed by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president, as co-chair of a new campus Task Force on Supporting the Choice for Life.

Originally published at newsinfo.nd.edu on November 19, 2009.
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