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Fr. Thomas Cavanaugh – Young Life Missionary and Catholic Revert

November 14, 2017 No Comments

Fr. Thomas Cavanaugh’s mom was Baptist and his dad Catholic, and so both of those traditions were in the background for him growing up.  A poor student (or at least a distracted one), Fr. Cavanaugh didn’t really pay attention much at his Catholic school, and so the faith never really sunk in for him there.  However, befriending a devoted Evangelical coworker led him to a personal relationship with Jesus, and eventually to overseas missionary work with Young Life.  It was while in Ethiopia serving as a lay missionary that he returned to the sacraments, with the help of a Salesian mission there, and the overwhelming experience of grace in his first adult confession spurred him on to follow a vocation to the priesthood.