John C. Cavadini

John C. Cavadini

Professor of Theology, Director of the McGrath Institute for Church Life
Biblical Studies/Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity
History of Christianity
World Religions and World Church


B.A., 1975, Wesleyan University

M.A., 1979, Marquette University

M.A., 1981, M.Phil., 1983 and Ph.D., 1988, Yale University

Recent Publications


Ed. 2017. Mary on the Eve of the Second Vatican Council. Edited by John C. Cavadini and Danielle Peters, 2017, U. of ND Press.

Ed. 2017. Pope Francis and the Event of Encounter. Edited by John C. Cavadini and Donald

2017. Wallenfang, the first volume of the new book series, Global Perspectives on the  New Evangelization, forthcoming, 2017, Cascade Books

Ed. 2012. Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI. Notre Dame: Notre Dame Press.

Ed. 2012. The Charism of Priestly Celibacy. Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press.
Ed. 2004. “Who Do You Say That I Am?”: Confessing the Mystery of Christ. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.
Ed. 1999. Miracles in Jewish and Christian Antiquity: Imagining Truth. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.
Ed. 1995. Gregory the Great: A Symposium. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame.
1993.The Last Christology of the West: Adoptionism in Spain and Gaul, 785-820. Philadelphia: U. Penn. Press.
Book Chapters:
2014. “God’s Eternal Knowledge According to St. Augustine,” in The Cambridge Companion to St. Augustine, Second Edition, by David Vincent Meconi, S.J., and Eleanore Stump,pp. 37-59. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2014. “Preaching and Catechesis: Mending the Rift Between Scripture and Doctrine,” in We Preach Christ Crucified, ed. by Michael Connors, CSC., pp. 66.82. Collegeville: Liturgical Press.
2012. “Ideology and Solidarity in Augustine’s City of God,” in Augustine’s City of God: A Critical Guide, ed. by James Wetzel, pp. 93-110. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2017. "Two Ancient Christian Views of Death," revised, translated into Chinese in The Annual of Christianity Research, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

2017. “Figurative Exegesis in the Fathers of the Church” in The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian    Biblical Interpretation, edited by Paul M. Blowers and Peter W. Martens, forthcoming 2017

2017. “Introduction,” Cavadini and Peters, Mary on the Eve of the Second Vatican Council (Notre Dame: UND Press, 2017), pp.  1-28.

2017. “Two Ancient Views of Christian Suffering and Death,” in On Christian Dying: Witnesses from  the Christian Tradition, edited by George Kalantzis and Matthew Levering, forthcoming  from Eerdmans, 2017.

2013. “Trinity and Apologetics in the Theology of St. Augustine,” Modern Theology 29: 48-82.

2012. “Spousal Vision: A Study of Text and History in the Theology of St. Augustine,” Augustinian Studies 43: 127-48.
2012. “A Brief Reflection on the Intellectual Tasks of the New Evangelization,” Josephinum Journal of Theology 19:, 109-120.
2011. “The Anatomy of Wonder: An Augustinian Taxonomy,” Augustinian Studies 42, no. 2: 153-72.
2011. “Eucharistic Exegesis in Augustine’s Confessions,” Augustinian Studies 41, no. 1: 87-108.



John C. 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 recently released NRC rankings of doctoral programs. He is also the McGrath-Cavadini Director of the 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.



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