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Catholic in the Public Square

"...the truth will set you free." John 8:32


My name is Jim Havens. I’m a Catholic family man: married to my best friend Becky for nearly eight years and raising four children (ages 7, 5, 4, 1).

As a young adult I had a pretty big conversion to Christ, marked by a powerful experience of returning to the Sacramental life of His Catholic Church via Confession and Holy Communion in December 2001. Drawing deeper into a life of prayer and striving to be faithful to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, I ended up studying at Franciscan University (M.A. Theology ’06) and serving others through various positions of leadership with Catholic parishes, schools, and organizations ever since.

After more than six years of living out a rather unique call as a missionary family of the new evangelization – which included about two years in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahasse, two years in the Diocese of Nashville, eight months in the Archdiocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul, and one year in the Diocese of St. Augustine – our family has just recently settled in back home in Western New York, where both my wife and I grew up.

My vision for this blog is to simply be a place where I can add some well-developed thoughts and reasoned responses to the digital public square.

“The Church cannot and must not take upon herself the political battle to bring about the most just society possible. She cannot and must not replace the State. Yet at the same time she cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice. She has to play her part through rational argument and she has to reawaken the spiritual energy without which justice, which always demands sacrifice, cannot prevail and prosper.” Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, 28

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