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Catherine Cavanagh

Catherine Cavanagh 2017-07-27T09:54:27+00:00

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Catherine Cavanagh

“I’m exceptionally good at hanging out with friends while sipping wine and nibbling on dark chocolate.”

I am a Catholic high school teacher and chaplain in Ontario, Canada.

I have had the good fortune to have lived and taught in several different countries and Canadian provinces.  This has given me a profound interest in hospitality, belonging and difference.   From my early childhood years in Ghana to my later childhood in Quebec and throughout my teaching career in various places, my experiences have led me to believe that most people are warm and welcoming and that acquiring a new language is worth every effort.  I have learned that it is lonely to be an outsider, and on the flip side, incredibly rewarding to welcome new people or be welcomed by them.

I love to travel, write, and read (theology, literary novels, detective lit, suspense—you name it).  I’m an enthusiastic but mediocre quilter, gardener, camper, rock climber, piano player, violinist, and baker.  Fortunately my spouse and grown children are supportive of my efforts. I’m exceptionally good at hanging out with friends while sipping wine and nibbling on dark chocolate.

My interests have taken me through degrees in mathematics, education, theology and finally just recently through a doctorate in ministry where I focused on hospitality and diversity in Catholic schools.  I encourage greater dialogue across difference in our Catholic church and a deeper practice of hospitality, inclusion and solidarity at all levels.  I believe that all of us are called by God to be advocates for each other and lovers of justice.  I think that curiosity, imagination and a sense of humour can take us a long way.

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