Jeff Cavins named archdiocese’s new director of evangelization

| March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
Jeff Cavins served as the emcee of the 2013 Rediscover: Catholic Celebration Oct. 12 at the RiverCentre in St. Paul.  Dianne Towalski / The Catholic Spirit

Jeff Cavins served as the emcee of the 2013 Rediscover: Catholic Celebration Oct. 12 at the RiverCentre in St. Paul. Dianne Towalski / The Catholic Spirit

Internationally known speaker and author Jeff Cavins has been hired as the Director of Evangelization for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

“The Church exists to make the name of Jesus Christ known and loved,” said Archbishop John Nienstedt. “Jeff Cavins has dedicated his life to bringing others to God’s love through our Catholic faith. We are honored to have Jeff lead the evangelization efforts in this local Church; his calling reflects the core of our mission and his work has to date touched more than a million lives.”

Cavins is the founder of the Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study, and he will continue his work on this scriptural series with Ascension Press in his new position.

He also has authored other books and videos about the faith and hosted long-running shows on EWTN, a national Catholic television network, as well as Relevant Radio, a national Catholic radio network.

The Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute in St. Paul, a program of the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, has continued to grow with Cavins as its director. Since welcoming its first class in 2008, the institute has graduated 600 people.

Cavins will remain director of the Catechetical Institute until a transition in leadership can take place.

He received a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville with catechetical certification. Before returning to the Catholic Church in 1995, Cavins served 12 years as a Protestant pastor. Among his best-selling books is “My Life on the Rock,” which chronicles his faith journey and conversion story.

“I am really excited to begin work right away in developing the new Office of Evangelization, which will oversee the archdiocese’s nationally recognized Rediscover: initiative and other faith outreach programs,” said Cavins, who begins on March 17. “There is no more important work than bringing the light of Christ to the world and bringing souls to the Lord.”

Cavins and his wife Emily, who is also a Catholic author and speaker, are members of St. Vincent de Paul, Brooklyn Park. They have three daughters.


Read more in the next issue

The March 27 edition of The Catholic Spirit will feature an in-depth interview with Jeff Cavins about his new role as archdiocesan director of evangelization.

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