John Cavadini

John Cavadini
John Cavadini is the McGrath-Cavadini Director of the McGrath Institute for Church Life and a professor in the department of theology at the University of Notre Dame. In November 2009, he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to a five-year term on the International Theological Commission and was also created a member of the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great, classis civilis, by Pope Benedict XVI.

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Co-Responsibility: Cultivating Hope in the Face of Disappointment

Posted by John Cavadini on Mar 3, 2020 10:16:53 AM

If you are like me, the news of Jean Vanier’s abuse and manipulation of six women receiving spiritual direction was a gut-wrenching combination of disappointment, disillusionment, and disgust.

In the face of seemingly endless iterations of scandal in the Church, there was at least Jean Vanier. He was one of the beacons of hope and renewal and reform, a layman who had succeeded in creating, in L’Arche, a new form of communion and evangelization. A real lay leader in the Church. Someone whom we thought of as a harbinger of the ideals of “co-responsibility for the being and acting of the Church,” to use Pope Benedict’s words.

Here was hope for a new vision of leadership in the Church. But even this hope was dashed. Back to the drawing board. Find another beacon of hope and harbinger of renewal. But we’re running out! I thought. Where do we go from here?

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Topics: leadership, Hope, L'Arche, Jean Vanier, Called & Co-Responsible Conference, co-responsibility

Called & Co-Responsible: Renewing Leadership for the Evangelizing Mission of the Church

Posted by John Cavadini on Nov 19, 2019 1:46:29 PM

Editorial Note: This post is an excerpt from a longer article, published on Church Life Journal on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Read the full version here.

What is leadership in the Church?

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Topics: lay ecclesial ministry, leadership, evangelization, Called & Co-Responsible Conference

At Notre-Dame de Paris, cross and altar survive. Is it a miracle?

Posted by John Cavadini on Apr 19, 2019 7:01:00 AM

 

Looking at the pictures of the Cross of Christ, shining with the light of the morning sun, intact amidst the ashes and debris from the fire at Notre-Dame de Paris, I found them very moving. Is it a miracle that the cross and altar and candles survived? It depends on what you are willing to call a miracle.

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Topics: Holy Week, Cross, Miracles, inspiration, perspective

To be just like St. Joseph

Posted by John Cavadini on Mar 19, 2019 12:23:50 PM

St. Julian Peter Eymard, in his little devotional handbook called Month of St. Joseph, tells us that “devotion to St. Joseph is one of the choicest graces that God can give to a soul, for it is tantamount to revealing the entire treasury of our Lord’s graces.”

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Topics: saints, Saturdays with the Saints, inspiration

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