Cavins leaves archdiocesan post to focus on local, national ministry

| March 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Jeff Cavins delivers remarks after receiving Relevant Radio’s Christ Brings Hope Award April 23, 2015, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Bloomington. Dave Hrbacek/The Catholic Spirit

Catholic speaker Jeff Cavins has resigned his role as director of the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Cavins helped to establish the office in March 2014.

According to a March 7 statement from Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens, who oversees the Office of Evangelization, Cavins “has decided to leave employment with the Archdiocese to be able to focus more energy on broader evangelization efforts.”

Cavins will continue to work with the archdiocese as a consultant through June and plans to collaborate with the archdiocese on important initiatives, including the Catholic Watchmen movement he launched with Bishop Cozzens at the archdiocesan men’s conference Feb. 27.

Cavins was also instrumental in organizing the 2014 Rediscover: conference and has been working on initiatives to increase Bible reading within families. Cavins is also known for creating “The Great Adventure Bible Timeline” and six years of “Life on the on Rock” on the Eternal Word Television Network. He also hosts a regular program on Relevant Radio.

In a letter to the archdiocese, Cavins, a parishioner of St. Vincent de Paul in Brooklyn Park, said he was stepping down because of the increasing difficulty to balance his local and national teaching and evangelization efforts, and his writing, with the demands of the archdiocesan role. He could not “do justice to both,” he said.

“As many of you know, my wife and I have a passion to help families engage in sacred Scripture, in particular, teaching children about God’s plan for their life,” he said. “It is our desire to bring the Word of God to families in as broad a way as possible.”

Emily Cavins, Jeff’s wife, recently helped to launch Gen2Rev, a Catholic companion to the Bible for children.

“I love this Church and this Archdiocese,” Cavins said. “I will miss being a part of all the positive things that are happening here today. After some difficult times, the future seems very bright. I wish my colleagues well, and please know that you will always have my support and will always be in my prayers.”

Father Charles Lachowitzer, the archdiocese’s moderator of the curia, said in a statement March 7 that Cavins “has done a tremendous job creating and implementing programs to bring all people closer to Jesus Christ and his Church.”

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