John Cavadini

John Cavadini is the McGrath-Cavadini Director of the Institute for Church Life and a professor in the department of theology at the University of Notre Dame. He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to a five-year term on the International Theological Commission in 2009. He is the recipient of the Monika Hellwig Award for Outstanding Contributions to Catholic Intellectual Life and is the author of Visioning Augustine.


  1. Who Is the Priest We Want?

    John Cavadini on the priestly vocation of being set apart for one's parish.

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  2. Was Vatican II a Bad Seed?

    John Cavadini on Archbishop Viganò's recent criticisms of the Second Vatican Council.

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  3. The Faith of Ancient Philosophy's Fathers

    John C. Cavadini, Director of the McGrath Institute for Church Life, contemplates the element of faith in pre-Christian philosophy.

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  4. Am I the Mother of Christ?

    John Cavadini tries to imagine what Isaac of Stella means by giving birth to Christ.

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  5. Augustine's Homiletic Meteorology

    Augustine was a fantastic preacher. How do we know that? We get a glimpse of his popularity as a preacher from some of the asides that he addresses to his congregation. At the end of his “exposition” or sermon on Psalm 38, wh...

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  6. Laudato Si' and Environmental Works of Mercy

    I am going to start at the section of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ that I found most troubling and work up from there. I must say that since there are a lot of troubling sections, it was hard to choose, but that being...

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