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School of Discipleship

8 week course, Fall 2018

St. Paul, MN

sponsored by Catechetical Institute

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Pilgrimage Updates!

January 2019 Annual Holy Land Pilgrimage:

Registration is nearly full and will soon be on a waitlist for January 9-23, 2019. Click here for more information, brochure and registration form.

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

September 2019 St. John Paul 2 Pilgrimage to Poland

Fr. Josh Johnson of Baton Rouge will be our Spiritual Director for the September 9-20, 2019 pilgrimage. Details will be coming soon for our first trip to Poland to visit many significant places connected to St. John Paul 2, St. Faustina and other saints as well as a visit to Auschwitz. Brochure and registation information coming soon.


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.



Saint Jerome: Coherance Between Life And The Divine Word!

VATICAN CITY, NOV 14, 2007 (VIS) - At today's general audience, Benedict XVI continued the catechesis on St. Jerome which he had begun last week. Addressing the thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square, the Pope explained how the saint was "enamoured of the Word of God," and "an eminent doctor in the interpretation of Sacred Scripture."

For St. Jerome, said the Holy Father, the Bible was "the stimulus and the source of Christian life for all situations and for all people. To read Scripture is to converse with God."

"For Jerome, a fundamental criterion for interpreting Scripture was that it should harmonize with the Magisterium of the Church," said the Pope, going on to observe that "we cannot interpret Scripture alone because we come across too many closed doors and fall into error. The Bible was written by the People of God and for the People of God. ... Only in this communion of the People of God can we enter 'with ourselves' into the heart of the truth that God Himself wishes to tell us." In this context, Benedict XVI recalled a phrase of St. Jerome: "He who clings to the chair of Peter is accepted by me."

The Pope went on to indicate how Jerome "did not overlook ethical aspects and often recalled the duty of living in accordance with the divine Word. Such coherence is indispensable for all Christians, and especially for preachers" whose actions must be "in keeping with their words."

On the subject of coherence the saint affirmed that "the Gospel must be translated into attitudes of true charity because the Person of Christ is present in every human being. ... And Jerome makes it clear that 'it is yours to clothe Christ in the poor, to visit Him in the sick, to feed Him in the hungry, to shelter Him in the homeless'."

The saint "also left us a rich and varied teaching on Christian asceticism," said the Holy Father. "He recalls the fact that courageous commitment to perfection requires constant vigilance, frequent mortification (with moderation and prudence), assiduous intellectual or manual work to avoid idleness and, above all, obedience to God."

"Among Jerome's main achievements as a pedagogue we must highlight the importance he attributed to healthy and complete education from earliest infancy, ... and the need for study in order to achieve a more complete human formation. Moreover, a question somewhat overlooked in antiquity but considered vital by our author was the promotion of women, whom he recognizes as having the right to a full education."

The Holy Father concluded his catechesis by emphasizing "the effective contribution" made by St. Jerome "in safeguarding the positive and important elements of the ancient Hebrew, Greek and Roman cultures in nascent Christian civilization."


Thank You “All Saints Parish” In NE Minneapolis!

I had a wonderful night last night sharing the treasures of the Catholic Church with the good people of All Saints Parish in North East Minneapolis. This little parish has a big heart and I was impressed with their hunger for God's word. A special thanks to Mary Sherman who worked so hard to put this event together and thanks to Fr. Kovalik for his enthusiasm.   (From left to right: Sister Penny Dunn, Mary Sherman, Ted Dudek, me, Ray Mlinar)


St. John Vianney In Janesville, Wisconsin!

I want to thank all of you for coming out to study the Bible in Janesville on November 10th. A special thanks to Fr. Timmerman and Mary Miller, your support and hard work made all the difference.


Reading through the Bible, One Narrative Book at a Time

Last night, Jeff was on The Journey Home on EWTN; and, while on that show, he mentioned (quite quickly) a list of books that one can use as a guide on the walk through salvation history. As many have inquired about this list, a quick over view is posted below:

The challenge we face today is reading the Bible so the basic story line of salvation history is clearly seen and understood. Because the Bible's seventy-three books are grouped by literary style (such as history, poetry, wisdom and prophetic,) rather than chronology as most people are used to, we require assistance in making this now personal ancient story of salvation history come alive.

To understand the Bible chronologically, it is important to identify which of the seventy-three books are "narrative" in nature. The term "narrative" refers simply to those books that keep the story moving from one event to another. The narrative books provide us with continuity, giving us an ordered account of connected events from Genesis to Revelation.

There are twelve narrative books in the Old Testament (OT) and for the sake of simplicity, two narrative books in the New Testament (NT) as illustrated below:

1. Genesis

2. Exodus

3. Numbers

4. Joshua

5. Judges

6. I Samuel

7. II Samuel

8. I Kings

9. II Kings

10. Ezra

11. Nehemiah

12. I Maccabees

13. Luke

14. Acts

Besides this list, there are also some other tools that can assist you on your journey through Salvation History through the narrative books of the Bible. On tool I highly recommend is Sarah Christmyer's new book, The Bible Timeline Guided Journal. This is an excellent personal guide through the story of salvation history that allows space for your own journaling as you read through the narrative books mentioned above. For this book and other wonderful tools including a Bible Timeline study kit which includes the Bible Timeline chart, go to www.greatadventureonline.com click on Bible Study Resources.

Also, check out Jeff's post on this website from Oct. 19, 2006: How Do I Read the Bible.

Hope that helps and May God bless you as your embark on the journey of a lifetime,



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."