John Cavadini

John Cavadini

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Professor of Theology
McGrath-Cavadini Director of the McGrath Institute for Church Life

Office: 344 Geddes Hall
Phone: 574-631-5510
Twitter: @JohnCavadini

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Areas of Expertise

The pope, the papacy

Cavadini is a member of the Department of Theology, having served as chair of the department from 1997-2010 and led the department to a top 10 ranking in the NRC rankings of doctoral programs. He is also the McGrath-Cavadini Director of the McGrath Institute for Church Life. His main areas of research and teaching are in patristics — that is, the theology of the early church, with a special focus on the theology of St. Augustine, and on the biblical spirituality of the Fathers of the Church. He has published extensively in these areas, as well as in the theology of miracles, the life and work of Gregory the Great, catechetical theology, the theology of marriage, etc. As director of the Institute for Church Life, he inaugurated the Echo program in catechetical leadership, the ND Vision program for high school students, the seminar “What We Hold in Trust” for trustees and presidents of Catholic colleges and universities, the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence program and the Initiative in Spirituality and the Professions, among others. 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. He has served as a consultant to the USCCB Committee on Doctrine since 2006.


John Cavadini on Resignation of Benedict XVI

Holy Week: Blessed Basil Moreau Lecture


Waiting for Pope Francis
Pope Francis and the new cardinals
Change at the Vatican: Notre Dame faculty experts look ahead


Saturdays With the Saints: A foretaste of eternity on game day
Catholic high school teachers debunk science vs. religion myth
Notre Dame scholars expect new encyclical to shine ‘holy light’ on climate change
Notre Dame launches inaugural open online courses on edX
Notre Dame’s crèche pilgrimage: Celebrating life’s most intimate moment
‘Gay in Christ’ conference to be held at Notre Dame
Father Gutierrez to receive 2014 Gittler Prize
Notre Dame’s Echo program: Ten years of ‘giving Jesus a good name’
Notre Dame study finds American Catholics ‘distinctively optimistic’
Father Gustavo Gutierrez receives welcome in Rome
Notre Dame to host conference on Christian care for the poor
Father Gustavo Gutiérrez to speak on poverty and human dignity
Notre Dame to celebrate academics, faith and service with Texas Shamrock Series events
Notre Dame to host conference on theology of Mary
New Notre Dame program to train theology teachers for Catholic schools
Remarks from memorial Mass for Bishop Emeritus John M. D’Arcy
Father Jenkins expresses gratitude for Pope Benedict’s leadership
New ND report finds Catholics less generous than other Christians
A festschrift for Pope Benedict from Notre Dame
Archbishop Viganò, Vatican ambassador to the U.S., to speak at Notre Dame conference on martyrdom
Notre Dame Vision mentors: Leaven in the world
Institute for Church Life to host Seed of the Church conference
Teaching awards honor exemplary work with undergraduates
Christian and Muslim scholars to meet at Notre Dame
A new consideration of human dignity
A new journal for the New Evangelization
Conference offers contemporary stories of holiness
New York Archbishop Dolan to give inaugural lecture for the Project on Human Dignity
Notre Dame hosts conference for executives in Catholic higher education
Painting an evangelical icon
ND alumnus Rev. Kevin Grove, C.S.C. wins Gates scholarship
Notre Dame creates position to coordinate life initiatives
Bishop Rhoades responds to statement and principles on life
Notre Dame adopts new statement and principles in support of life
Films and Faith series to explore faith and doubt
Notre Dame task force on life makes preliminary recommendations
Notre Dame theology chair John Cavadini appointed Vatican advisor
Notre Dame theologian John Cavadini receives high papal honor
Author Chinua Achebe to address Notre Dame students
Sharpening Father Heintz
ICL’s acclaimed programs strengthen and share ND’s Catholic identity
Jump starting wonder
Faculty honored at annual President’s Dinner
Ecumenical book on Christ published by Notre Dame Press
The Legacy of Pope John Paul II


The New York Times — ‘Church Militant’ Theology Is Put to New, and Politicized, Use
The New York Times — For Hillary Clinton and Democrats, a Public Shift Toward ‘God-Talk’
Catholic News Service — Theologians’ brief in Little Sisters case may lead to compromise
Today’s Catholic News — Institute for Church Life revives beloved Catholic tradition
America — College Encounter
New York Daily News — Challenge us, please: On the eve of Pope Francis’ visit, a plea that he leave all Americans feeling morally and spiritually uncomfortable
Fox News — Five things that will make Pope Francis’ US visit a success
National Catholic Reporter — Why Do You Harden Your Hearts?
New York Daily News — What Pope Francis’ new guidance on abortion really means: It’s not nearly as big a deal as many are claiming
International Business Times —Pope Francis ‘Abortion Pardons’: In Year Of Mercy, A Strategic Move To Win Back Lapsed Catholics
National Catholic Reporter — Review: Building Catholic Higher Education, Part I
Commonweal — Evangelization and healing are intrinsically connected
National Catholic Reporter — 20 years after Ex Corde: What was all the fuss about?
Zenit — Two Named to Doctrinal Congregation
South Bend Tribune — ND theology prof receives papal honor
Commonweal — Francis wants more women theologians advising the CDF
WNDU — ND professor’s reaction to Pope’s first year
New York Daily News — The Francis transformation
Our Sunday Visitor — Blessed are the merciful
Our Sunday Visitor — Loss of Church’s ministries would be a boon for secularization