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Deacon Jim & Ann Cavera

Head shot of Deacon Jim & Ann CaveraHometown: Bowling Green, OH

Jim and Ann Cavera met and married when they were Peace Corps Volunteers in Liberia, West Africa in 1966. They are the parents of two sons, two daughters and they also have four grandchildren.


From 1997-2011 the Caveras wrote "The Second Half," a weekly column devoted to growing in faith, hope, love and laughter in the second half of laugh. "The Second Half" received two first place awards from the Catholic Press Association (1999 and 2005) as well as other awards.


The Caveras have been active in parish ministry for more than forty years. Currently, they are active in RCIA as well as other ministries at St. Aloysius Parish, where the Diocese of Toledo has assigned Jim as a permanent deacon.  They also a monthly column for the Catholic Chronicle for the Diocese of Toledo. In 2005 Liguori Press published Grounded In God; a book of reflections for Catholics in the second half of life. Grounded In God  is available through  bookstores, Liguori Press, or amazon.com.

Echoes from the Bell Tower is a blog devoted to observations on Christian faith, spirituality and everyday events, by authors with a connection to the Benedictine values found at Saint Meinrad Archabbey and its Seminary and School of Theology. Contributors include students, permanent deacons, Benedictine oblates and Saint Meinrad monks. Their stories, thoughts and ideas highlight the mission and vision that ring out from the bell towers on this Hill in southern Indiana.


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