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About Michael W. Higgins

Dr. Michael W. Higgins, formerly Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity, has been named Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought at Sacred Heart University. Dr. Higgins came to the SHU 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 a biographer of Gerald Emmett Carter, Thomas Merton, Jean Vanier and Henri Nouwen.

Positions

February 2017 - Present Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought, Sacred Heart University Office of Mission & Catholic Identity
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July 2010 - February 2017 Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity, Sacred Heart University Office of Mission & Catholic Identity
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2010 - June 2010 Senior Executive in Residence, Sacred Heart University
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Curriculum Vitae



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Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Catholic Press Association Honorable Mention in Biography for The Unquiet Monk
  • Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Conn., USA, September 3, 2008
  • First Prize Book Award for Suffer the Children Unto Me: An Open Inquiry into the Clerical Sex Abuse Scandal – Catholic Press Association, 2011.
  • Second Prize Book Award for Genius Born on Anguish: the Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen – Catholic Press Association, 2013.
  • First Prize Book Award for Genius Born of Anguish: the Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen – Association of Catholic Publishers, 2013
  • Gold Medal, “Genius Born of Anguish”, CBC Ideas series, New York Festivals, 2013
  • Senior Fellow, Massy College, University of Toronto, 2012
  • Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Laws, University of Waterloo, Ontario, 2014

Education

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2013 LL.D., University of Waterloo
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2008 D.H.L., Sacred Heart University
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1979 Ph.D. English, York University
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1974 B.Ed., University of Toronto ‐ Education
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1971 M.A. English, York University
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1970 B.A. English, St. Francis Xavier University
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Contact Information

Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought
Languages and Literature
Martire Center BUCM*W328
203-371-7902

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Books (18)