Jerome Cabeen (born July 18, 1967) is an author, speaker, social justice advocate and missionary originally from Houston, Texas (US). He is the author of Amazon.com bestseller, Memoirs of a Reluctant Servant –Two Years of Triumph and Sorrow in Liberia, Africa. The book reached #1 on the Amazon.com Bestseller List in the Coastal West Africa category. Cabeen lived in Honduras, Central America, from 2004 to 2008 and Liberia, West Africa, from 2008 to 2010, volunteering as a missionary for Franciscan Works, a Catholic missionary organization in Chicago, Illinois. Currently he resides in Beaumont, Texas and works for the Catholic Diocese of Beaumont. He is a practicing Catholic and travels around the United States giving talks and lectures on Liberia, Honduras, social justice teachings and missionary work.
Cabeen was born and raised in Houston, Texas (US). He graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas in 1990 with a degree in fine arts. He taught art and was a high school and AAU basketball coach in and around Houston, Texas, for twelve years.
In 2004 Cabeen left the United States to begin missionary work in Honduras, Central America. While in Honduras he met his wife, Clarisa Chavarria Lara. The two were married in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in June 2008, and in September of the same year they left Honduras to live and work in Liberia, West Africa, as Catholic missionaries. In addition to Honduras and Liberia, Cabeen has engaged in missionary and aid work in Bolivia, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Sierra Leone. The couple returned to Texas in 2010 and Cabeen was hired to work for the Catholic Diocese of Beaumont.
Memoirs of a Reluctant Servant –Two Years of Triumph and Sorrow in Liberia, Africa was published in May 2011. It recounts Cabeen’s and his wife’s two years as missionaries in Liberia, West Africa. Since its appearance on Amazon.com it has remained in the Top 100 for Coastal West African books and has placed as high as # 1 on the same list. In addition to addressing the missionary work he and his wife were involved in during their time in Liberia, Cabeen examines the two Civil Wars that plagued Liberia from 1980 until 2003 and the use of child soldiers by both government military forces and rebel fronts that invaded the country. Memoirs of a Reluctant Servant –Two Years of Triumph and Sorrow in Liberia, Africa was given a very strong review by noted international author and literary critic Katherine J. Barrett of South Africa in September 2011. In addition to his book writing, Cabeen has also been published in the East Texas Catholic, the newspaper that serves the Diocese of Beaumont in Southeast Texas. Cabeen has written on myriad of subjects such as immigration, marriage, young adults in society and the Church and Liberia.
In August 2015 Cabeen was interviewed by the on-line literary journal KWEE-Liberian Literary Magazine. The interview appears from page 24 through page 27 in the edition. Cabeen speaks at length about his and his wife's experiences in the country from 2008 to 2010 and the impetus for writing "Memoirs of a Reluctant Servant-Two Years of Triumph and Sorrow in Liberia, Africa." In October 2014 Cabeen, as well, gave an on camera interview to KBMT 12 News in Beaumont, Texas about the Ebola epidemic that was ravaging West Africa at the time, in particular Liberia. The interview was conducted by award-winning correspondent Angel San Juan. In September 2014 both Cabeen and his wife, Clarisa Chavarria, sat down in Beaumont with Kara Dixon from KBTV FOX 4 News to discuss the loss of 3 close friends who died in the Ebola epidemic.
While living in Liberia, Cabeen teamed with award-winning director and producer Todd Looby on two film projects: Children of Hope: The Liberia Mission Story and the film short Son of None. Cabeen was credited with being producer for both films in addition to appearing in Son of None. At the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah (US) in 2011 Son of None won the Jury Special Award in the short film category
Cabeen is a rabid fan of the Honduras National Soccer team as well as the Olimpia Lions of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. While living in Liberia, Cabeen and his wife journeyed to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in support of Honduras in their matches against Chile, Spain and Switzerland. The matches were played in Nelspruit (Chile), Johannesburg (Spain) and Bloemfontein (Switzerland).
Cabeen is an avid and devoted fan of guitarist Jimi Hendrix, as well as Toronto-based calypso/ska and reggae group Kobo Town. Cabeen operates a website dedicated to Kobo Town named "Kobo Town Konnection". In April 2014 Cabeen spent a weekend with Kobo Town at their performances in Lafayette, Louisiana (US), at the International Music Festival of Louisiana.