Seminary Names New Interim Director of Pastoral Formation


LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA — Mrs. Ellen P. Cavanaugh has been named Interim Director of Pastoral Formation. She will direct field education, the placement and supervision of seminarians in a variety of community and parish work, and teach Pastoral Theology during the next academic year. The Pastoral Formation Program at the Seminary engages students actively in parish and other ministries under the supervision of qualified priests, religious, and lay professionals. The practicum experiences build upon the pastoral foundation inherent in the entire curriculum. Weekly theological reflection is integral to individual ministry experiences. The Director of Pastoral Formation works closely with parish clergy and laity in developing the ministry of seminarians.

Cavanaugh is a graduate of Duquesne University in Religious Education and is currently a candidate for the Ph.D. degree in systematic theology. She has served as an author and lecturer for the last three years. Recent publications include Living the Works of Mercy: Daring Teens to Change the World (St. Mary’s Press) and The Call to A Deeper Faith: Lenten Reflections based on Pope John Paul II’s Letters to Youth (Creative Communications). Her articles have appeared in Religion Teacher’s Journal, Catechist, and Youthworker.

Cavanaugh has served as a guest lecturer in various undergraduate and graduate courses for Duquesne University and Carlow College. She also serves as a Master Catechist for the Diocese of Pittsburgh and a Confirmation retreat facilitator for Gilmary Retreat Center. She is currently a member of the Catechetical Technology Committee for the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Prior experience in youth ministry, religious education and spiritual formation was in diverse parish demographics, including Good Shepherd in Braddock, Saint Ferdinand in Cranberry, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Carnegie, and Saint Athanasius in West View.

She lives with her husband and two children in Beaver County where they are members of Saint John Neumann Parish.