Dr. Michael W. Higgins, Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity, came to
the University from Fredericton, New Brunswick, where he was president and vice
chancellor of St. Thomas University and a professor of English and Religious Studies.
From 1999 to 2006, he was president and vice chancellor of St. Jerome’s University in the
University of Waterloo, Ontario, and he has held numerous appointments at other Canadian
colleges and universities. 

Professor Higgins is a columnist, a radio documentary maker, a television commentator on
Vatican affairs and a regular contributor to Commonweal magazine. In addition, he was the
chief advisor for the widely acclaimed TV series, Sir Peter Ustinov’s Inside the Vatican.
He is the author and co-author of over a dozen books. The recipient of many awards and
honors, he was presented an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Sacred Heart
University in 2008. 

Professor Higgins is the official biographer of the late Father Henri J.M. Nouwen. He is
also a biographer of Thomas Merton and Cardinal Gerald Emmett Carter. 

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Genius Born of Anguish: The Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen (with Kevin Burns), Mission and Catholic Identity Publications (2012)

An intimate look at this important spiritual writer’s life, enriched with the personal accounts of...

 

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Vatican II: A Universal Call to Holiness (with Anthony Ciorra, ed.), Mission and Catholic Identity Publications (2012)

A collection of presentations from the Vatican II Conference, A Universal Call to Holiness, held...

 

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Suffer the Children Unto Me: An Open Inquiry Into the Clerical Sex Abuse Scandal (with Peter Kavanagh), Mission and Catholic Identity Publications (2010)

Michael W. Higgins and Peter Kavanagh have produced a critical look at how clerical abuse...

 

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Stalking the Holy: The Pursuit of Saint-Making, Mission and Catholic Identity Publications (2006)

Stalking the Holy is an intimate work of discovery that combines wide-ranging research with Michael...

 

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Sex and Marriage in the Catholic Tradition: An Historical Overview (with Douglas R. Letson, ed.), Mission and Catholic Identity Publications (2001)

A resource for anyone working in the area of family studies, human sexuality or religious...

 

Articles

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Synod Revealed the Muscle, Muck and Mire of a Living Church, Mission and Catholic Identity Publications (2014)

When Pope Francis ushered in the Synod on the Family with his opening address he...

 

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Infinite Horizon: The Prairie Spirituality of Ronald Rolheiser, Mission and Catholic Identity Publications (2014)

Ronald Rolheiser, president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio Texas (but a...

 

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Why Won't the Pope Treat His Faithful Like Adults?, Mission and Catholic Identity Publications (2014)

When Pope Francis summoned bishops from around the world to gather in Rome for a...

 

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Larger than Legend: Saving Chesterton from the Chestertonians, Mission and Catholic Identity Publications (2013)

The article discusses the life and works of theologian Gilbert Keith Chesterton and the author's...

 

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1963, SHU Library Archives (2013)

On September 23 2013, as part of Sacred Heart University’s commemoration of its 50th anniversary,...

 

Popular Press

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Higgins Receives Honorary Degree from University of Waterloo, Sacred Heart University News Story (2014)

Professor Michael W. Higgins, vice president for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University,...

 

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Higgins Presents Talk on Bishop Curtis and Beyond, Sacred Heart University News Story (2013)

On September 23, as part of Sacred Heart University’s commemoration of its 50th anniversary, Michael...

 

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SHU’s Michael Higgins Examines the Clerical Sex Abuse Scandal in New Book, Sacred Heart University News Story (2010)

Suffer the Children Unto Me is, as the authors describe, “an exploration of the modern...

 

Video

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1963-The History of SHU (2013)

Dr. Michael W. Higgins speaks on the history of Sacred Heart University from the beginning...