Honors and Awards
- 2016 Catholic Press Association Honorable Mention in Biography for The Unquiet Monk
|B.A., St. Francis Xavier University ‐ English|
|B.A., University of Toronto ‐ Education|
|Ph.D., York University ‐ English|
Popular Press (13)
Piecemeal Protections: The Canadian Church Struggles to Confront Sex Abuse Mission and Catholic Identity Publications (2020)
It was early December of last year when I heard an extraordinary interview with a Canadian bishop on CBC Radio One, Canada’s premier English-speaking public broadcaster. Extraordinary, because it was thirty minutes long; extraordinary because ...
In his saintly patience, John Henry Cardinal Newman lifts up the Church’s people The Globe and Mail (2019)
This Oct. 13, John Henry Cardinal Newman will be made a saint. It’s about time.A Victorian of immense productivity in a generation of prolific high-achievers, Newman is of special significance at this moment for two ...
Sacred Heart Establishes Online Forum to Help Rebuild the Church Sacred Heart University News Story (2018)
Sacred Heart University has established an online forum to help rebuild the Catholic Church in a time of disunity and spiritual decay. The forum, “Go, Rebuild My House,” will serve as an open forum and ...
Professor Michael W. Higgins Explores the Life of John Moriarty in "Digging Deep in Sacred Caverns" Sacred Heart University News Story (2018)
Given his eccentric behaviour, hermitic life, and disregard for celebrity, it is not all that surprising that John Moriarty remains even now – more than a decade since his death in June 2007 – a ...
Sacred Heart University Establishing John Moriarty Institute for Ecology and Spirituality in Dingle, Ireland SHU News (2017)
Sacred Heart University has established the John Moriarty Institute for Ecology and Spirituality. The Institute’s mission, as stated on its website, is to understand and consider the richness and wonder of the natural environment, and to ...
Higgins Named Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought SHU News Stories (2017)
Michael W. Higgins has been named Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought at Sacred Heart University. He previously served as vice president for Mission and Catholic Identity and professor of Religious Studies at the University.
Higgins Elected President of Thomas Merton Society Sacred Heart University News Story (2015)
Sacred Heart University’s Michael W. Higgins, vice president of Mission and Catholic Identity, has been elected as the next president of the International Thomas Merton Society (ITMS). Higgins will lead the organization over the course ...
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, received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, at commencement exercises on June ...
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 W. Higgins provided insight into the University’s beginnings and its promising future. Higgins is SHU’s vice president for Mission and ...
Higgins Receives Merton Society's Louie Award and New York Festivals International Radio Competition’s Gold Medal Sacred Heart University News Story (2013)
It was an embarrassment of riches recently for Sacred Heart University’s Michael W. Higgins, vice president for Mission and Catholic Identity, when he received two prestigious honors in less than a week – the International ...
Impressively Free: Henri Nouwen as a Model for a Reformed Priesthood Mission and Catholic Identity Publications (2019)
Some twenty years now since Nouwen's death, it is instructive to see him in a new light: a postconciliar prophet of a reformed presbyteral model. Nouwen is, in other words, an exemplar of a priesthood ...
Introducing John Moriarty in His Own Words Mission and Catholic Identity Publications (2019)
Canadian theologian and academic Michael W. Higgins compiles the essential writings of Irish philosopher and mystic, John Moriarty. This distillation of Moriarty’s texts on ecology, mysticism and spirituality is an introduction to the work of ...
The Unquiet Monk: Thomas Merton's Questing Faith Mission and Catholic Identity Publications (2015)
"Drawing in part on interviews with those who knew him, Higgins explores the story of Merton's life, his work as a poet and writer, his prophetic response to war and social disorder, his contemplative response ...
Thomas Merton: Faithful Visionary Mission and Catholic Identity Publications (2014)
Thomas Merton was the consummate postmodern holy one: flawed, anti-institutional, a voice for the voiceless. But he was also a classical traditionalist: centered, obedient, in search of stability. He was a religious thinker of remarkable ...
Genius Born of Anguish: The Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen Mission and Catholic Identity Publications (2012)
An intimate look at this important spiritual writer’s life, enriched with the personal accounts of some of the people closest to him: friends, family, and colleagues. A twelve-page photo section is included.
Vatican II: A Universal Call to Holiness Mission and Catholic Identity Publications (2012)
A collection of presentations from the Vatican II Conference, A Universal Call to Holiness, held at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT April 23-24, 2012. Seven of the presentations are based on the seven speeches given ...
Suffer the Children Unto Me: An Open Inquiry Into the Clerical Sex Abuse Scandal Mission and Catholic Identity Publications (2010)
Michael W. Higgins and Peter Kavanagh have produced a critical look at how clerical abuse has wreaked havoc on the credibility of the Catholic Church in Canada. The authors go well beyond simply chronicling the ...
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 Higgins's personal fascination with sainthood. In an attempt to understand people's love of saints, Higgins entwines loose threads from anthropology, ...
Sex and Marriage in the Catholic Tradition: An Historical Overview Mission and Catholic Identity Publications (2001)
A resource for anyone working in the area of family studies, human sexuality or religious studies. This book tackles topics around which current debate continues to initiate passionate responses and reactions.
The Muted Voice: Religion and the Media Mission and Catholic Identity Publications (2000)
What is the difference between religion and spirituality? How does the media distinguish between the two? Or does it at all? In The Muted Voice: Religion and the Media, Michael W. Higgins takes an anecdotal ...