John C. Cavadini

John C. Cavadini


Primary Field of Study: History of Christianity
Secondary Field of Study: Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity


Ph.D. 1988 Yale University

Research and Training Interests

He teaches, studies, and publishes in the area of patristic theology and in its early medieval reception.

Selected Publications

Pope Francis and the Event of Encounter. Edited by John C. Cavadini and Donald Wallenfang, the first volume of the new book series, Global Perspectives on the New Evangelization, Wipf and Stock: 2018.

Mary on the Eve of the Second Vatican Council. Edited by John C. Cavadini and Danielle Peters; Notre Dame Press: 2017.

Building Catholic Higher Education: Unofficial Reflections from the University of Notre Dame with Christian Smith; Cascade Books: 2014.

Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI. Edited by John C. Cavadini; Notre Dame Press: 2012. Winner of the 2013 Bronze Award in the Religion Category from the 2013 Forward Reviews Book of the Year Award.

The Charism of Priestly Celibacy. Edited by John C. Cavadini; Ave Maria Press: 2012.


John C. Cavadini is a Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, having served as Chair from 1997-2010. Since 2000 he has served as the Director of the McGrath Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame. He received a B.A. in 1975 from Wesleyan University; an M.A. in 1979 from Marquette University; M.A., 1981, M.Phil., 1983 and his Ph.D. in 1988 from Yale University.
A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1990, Cavadini teaches, studies and publishes in patristic and early medieval theology, the theology of Augustine, and the history of biblical and patristic exegesis.

He has served a five-year term on the International Theological Commission (appointed by Pope Benedict XVI) and in 2018 received the Monika K. Hellwig Award from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities for Outstanding Contributions to Catholic Intellectual Life.

As Director of the McGrath Institute for Church Life, he inaugurated the Echo program in catechetical leadership, the Notre Dame Vision program for high school students and is responsible for the continued growth and outreach of the McGrath Institute, which partners with Catholic dioceses, parishes and schools to address pastoral challenges with theological depth and rigor.



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