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About Michael W. Higgins

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.


2010 Present Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity, Sacred Heart University Office of Mission & Catholic Identity

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Catholic Press Association Honorable Mention in Biography for The Unquiet Monk

Contact Information

  • Mission and Catholic Identity
  • Melady Hall 116
  • 203-371-7902


Articles (20)

Books (16)