Fr. Joe Cav: Spiritual Assistance for Pohnpeians

Father Joe Cavanagh has been to Kansas City twice already. There were a few marriage ceremonies, some baptisms and lots of first communions. Here are some of the people who helped put together this whole package.

Any Catholic Pohnpeians out there who need spiritual assistance are urged to get in touch with Fr. Joe Cavanagh, who spent many years on the island.? Fr. Cav was sent back to the US this past January and is now living at our Jesuit retirement home in New York.? With him are two other Jesuits who spent long years in the islands: Fr. Jack Curran, who is suffering from Alzheimer?s Disease, and Fr. Paul Horgan, now confined to his wheelchair after a severe stroke some months ago.

Fr. Cav has already made one pastoral visit to Kansas City and is preparing for another next month.? Besides doing mass in Pohnpeian, he does first communions, weddings, and all sorts of other things.? He is also available for spiritual direction and retreats.? His home phone number is 718-430?4995, and his cell is 718-902-8281.? You can email him at

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Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Francis X. Hezel, SJ, is a Jesuit priest who has lived and worked in Micronesia since 1963. At different times he has served as high school teacher, school administrator, pastor, and regional superior to the Jesuits of Micronesia. He spent thirty years directing the Micronesian Seminar, a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Pohnpei, Micronesia. He has written and spoken widely about social change and its impact on island societies. He has also written several books on Micronesian history, including The First Taint of Civilization, Strangers in Their Own Land, and The New Shape of Old Island Cultures. His most recent book, Making Sense of Micronesia: The Logic of Pacific Island Culture, is available through University of Hawaii Press.