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Franciscan University Conferences
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Defending the Faith 

Steubenville, OH

Date: 7/26-30/17

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Pilgrimage Updates!

January 2018 Annual Holy Land Pilgrimage:

Registration is now open for January 11-25, 2018! Also available Post-tour to Petra. Click here for forms and more information

April 2018 "Faith of the Irish" Pilgrimage

Registration Now Open for April 21-30, 2018 with optional pre-tour and Discipleship Seminar with Jeff Cavins. Tour Hosts: Jeff & Emily Cavins and Fr. Matt Guckin.

May 2018 "Time of Decision" Holy Land Pilgrimage

Registration now open for May 14-24, 2018 with Fr. Mike Schmitz and Jeff Cavins. Click here for forms and more information.

Please view Cavins Tours photo gallery for a glimpse of some of our past pilgrimages.

Here is what a recent pilgrim had to say about our annual Holy Land pilgrimage!

 Thank you for a most wonderful, spiritual experience these past 2 weeks. The pilgrimage surpassed any expectations I had. Your teachings, Jeff, were so meaningful at each site. You are able to pull together all the history, the spirituality, the geography of the area, the archeological aspects, etc. so well to make the whole story make sense. You have challenged us to grow spiritually not only with questions to ask ourselves, but ways to ponder those question in our lives, and the wonderful "weapons" we have to tackle them, grow from them, and make necessary changes in our lives so that we may be better disciples of the Lord and spread the Good News to others. Certainly my times in adoration, and daily prayer will be enriched because of this Holy Land experience. ~~ Barb K

Please feel free to contact us at Cavins Tours phone number --763-420-1074.



I’ll Be On EWTN’s “Journey Home” Monday, November 5th 7pm (CST)

I'm looking forward to returning to "The Journey Home" on EWTN hosted by Marcus Grodi. Marcus does a great job of communicating the beauty of the Catholic Church to all who are in the process of converting. As I travel I constantly hear how people have been blessed by "The Journey Home."


Bible Timeline Coming To Holy Family In Inverness, IL 11/3/07

I want to invite all of you in the Illinois area to attend the Bible Timeline seminar at Holy Family in Inverness, Illinois on Saturday, November 3. This seminar will go from 8:30am - 4pm. In the seminar I will present the entire story of the bible in chronological order. You don't have to have any prior knowledge of the bible in order to attend, just come with a hungry heart. I would also encourage you to let your loved ones in the Illinois area to think about attending the seminar. I look forward to seeing you.

Holy Family Parish

2515 Palatine Rd.

Inverness, IL 60067


Jim@papandrea.net Contact information:


Coming Soon: “The Human Experience”

From Grassroots Films of Brooklyn, New York comes THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE - the story of a band of brothers who travel the world in search of the answers to the burning questions: Who am I? Who is Man? Why do we search for meaning? Their journey brings them into the middle of the lives of the homeless on the streets of New York City, the orphans and disabled children of Peru, and the abandoned lepers in the forests of Ghana, Africa. What the young men discover changes them forever. Through one on one interviews and real life encounters, the brothers are awakened to the beauty of the human person and the resilience of the human spirit.

This is the kind of film that comes from Pope John Paul's theology of the human person. I am delighted to see that the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal of New York are involved in this kind of project. The film is scheduled to be released in the Fall of 2007.


F.O.C.U.S. Missionary Emily Malay!

I want to introduce you to one of the most fruitful apostolates in the Catholic Church today. Founded in 1998 by Curtis Martin, FOCUS, The Fellowship of Catholic University Students, is a national outreach to college campuses, to secular and Catholic schools. Through small group Bible studies, large group leadership training, and one-on-one discipleship, FOCUS brings the fullness of life and truth in the Catholic Church to college students and gives the tools to help them share this good news with their friends. FOCUS is working to play a vital role in the new evangelization called for by Pope John Paul II. In this video clip I interview one of the FOCUS missionaries, Emily Malay. Pray about supporting these young pioneers.


Matthew/Exodus Interview With Catholic Spotlight!

A few weeks ago I was on Catholic Spotlight being interviewed by the host Chris Cash for the Great Adventure Bible study, Adventures in Revelation. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Catholic Spotlight, it is a digital media program that is dedicated to bringing some of the best Catholic authors and speakers to a larger audience via the technology of the podcast.

After the interview for the study on Revelation, I received a call from the host informing me that a very intuitive listener, with next year's liturgical Gospel readings in mind, was interested in hearing more about Adventures in Matthew. And, better yet, the host wanted to tie Adventures in Exodus, our latest study, and an interview with one of today's most exciting Biblical scholars, Dr. Tim Gray together. So without hesitation I jumped at the chance to not only share the fruits that come from Adventures in Matthew, but to share the mic with my good friend and colleague, Dr. Gray. If you would like to hear the interview, simply click here.