Wayne A. Cavalier, O.P., Ph.D. is an ordained Dominican friar (Southern Province), and founding Director of the Congar Institute for Ministry Development.
Wayne grew up in rural Louisiana and gained much experience in a variety of lay leadership positions on both the parish and diocesan levels and in Catholic education. He served on the Core Team developing the Lay Ministry Formation Program in the Houma-Thibodaux Diocese (Louisiana) in the early 1980s. Summers at Catholic University earned Wayne an M.R.E. in 1985; then entering the Dominicans he earned his M.A. (ecclesiology) and M.Div. (Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley, CA, 1990), and learned Spanish. His ministerial internships included community organizing with rural Hispanic ranch workers for two years.
In 2005, he completed studies for a Ph.D. in theology and education at Boston College. His dissertation focused on lay ecclesial ministry formation. He has published several articles and given major presentations on lay ministry formation.
In 2016, he was presented with the Juan Diego Award by the National Association for Lay Ministry (NALM) for his outstanding witness to the spirit and values embodied in the life of the lay minister, San Juan Diego.