John C. Cavadini is a Professor in the Department of Theology, at the University of Notre Dame, 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 patristic and early medieval theology, with special interests in the theology of Augustine and in the history of biblical exegesis. His publications include, Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI. Edited by John C. Cavadini (Notre Dame: Notre Dame Press: 2012). The Charism of Priestly Celibacy, Edited by John C. Cavadini (Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press: 2012). “Who Do You Say That I Am?”: Christology for a New Millennium, Edited by John C. Cavadini with Laura Holt, (University of Notre Dame Press, 2004). Miracles in Christian and Jewish Antiquity: Imagining the Truth, (University of Notre Dame Press, 1999). Gregory the Great: A Symposium, (University of Notre Dame Press, 1996). The Last Christology of the West: Adoptionism in Spain and Gaul, 785-820, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993).
His articles have appeared in such journals as Theological Studies, Religious Studies Review, Traditio, Augustinian Studies, and American Benedictine Review, Modern Theology and Pro Ecclesia.
As Director of the Institute for Church Life, he inaugurated the Echo program in catechetical leadership, the Notre Dame 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 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.