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In His Saintly Patience, John Henry Cardinal Newman Lifts Up The Church’S People, Michael W. Higgins Oct 2019

In His Saintly Patience, John Henry Cardinal Newman Lifts Up The Church’S People, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

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 reasons: his championing of the role of the laity in Catholicism, and his penetrating insights into the nature of the university and the liberal arts.


In His Saintly Patience, John Henry Cardinal Newman Lifts Up The Church’S People, Michael W. Higgins Aug 2019

In His Saintly Patience, John Henry Cardinal Newman Lifts Up The Church’S People, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

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 reasons: his championing of the role of the laity in Catholicism, and his penetrating insights into the nature of the university and the liberal arts.


Can The Laity Help Save The Church? A Panel Discussion Mar 2019

Can The Laity Help Save The Church? A Panel Discussion

Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins, keynote speaker.


Merton & Blake, Revisited, Michael W. Higgins Dec 2018

Merton & Blake, Revisited, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

This December is the fiftieth anniversary of Merton’s still highly controversial death in Thailand. A recent polemic, The Martyrdom of Thomas Merton, uses the strange inconsistencies surrounding that death to paint a dark picture of CIA intrigue, monastic complicity, and elaborate cover-up by the Gethsemani authorities—presenting Merton’s death as the final execution of the ’68 triad that began with Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. But beyond such dramatic conspiracy theories, why should we still care about Thomas Merton? Why should we still be drawn to a cloistered monk who had an affair with a nurse; to ...


Sacred Heart Establishes Online Forum To Help Rebuild The Church Nov 2018

Sacred Heart Establishes Online Forum To Help Rebuild The Church

Michael W. Higgins

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 allow experts from all over the world to contribute posts.


Outspoken Theologian Visiting Cape Breton Oct 2018

Outspoken Theologian Visiting Cape Breton

Michael W. Higgins

SYDNEY, N.S. — A Catholic academic who once made headlines for his public criticism of Pope Benedict XVI is the next guest speaker in the Father Greg MacLeod Lecture Series.
Michael Higgins, a well-known Canadian liberal Catholic leader and former president of Fredericton’s St. Thomas University, is scheduled to make three presentations of an address entitled the Shock, Genius and Relevance of Catholic Social Teaching.


Professor Michael W. Higgins Explores The Life Of John Moriarty In "Digging Deep In Sacred Caverns" Aug 2018

Professor Michael W. Higgins Explores The Life Of John Moriarty In "Digging Deep In Sacred Caverns"

Michael W. Higgins

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 darling for his cult following, an amusement for the curious, a distraction for the serious intellectual, a Celtic epiphenomenon, and one of the treasures of the RTE archives.


John Moriarty: Epic Visionary Of Creation's Endless Unfolding, Michael W. Higgins Feb 2018

John Moriarty: Epic Visionary Of Creation's Endless Unfolding, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins, Ph.D. presentation at The John Moriarty Institute Lecture Series Tuesday February 6, 2018 in the Martire Forum at Sacred Heart University.


Sacred Heart University Establishing John Moriarty Institute For Ecology And Spirituality In Dingle, Ireland, Michael W. Higgins, John B. Roney Oct 2017

Sacred Heart University Establishing John Moriarty Institute For Ecology And Spirituality In Dingle, Ireland, Michael W. Higgins, John B. Roney

Michael W. Higgins

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 promote a deeper reflection on human spirituality as an important and necessary element for a flourishing life of meaning and purpose.


Higgins Named Distinguished Professor Of Catholic Thought, Michael W. Higgins Feb 2017

Higgins Named Distinguished Professor Of Catholic Thought, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

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.


Priest, Writer, Mentor, Misfit: Understanding Henri Nouwen, Michael W. Higgins Dec 2016

Priest, Writer, Mentor, Misfit: Understanding Henri Nouwen, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

Two decades ago, on September 21, 1996, while on the way to St. Petersburg to shoot a documentary based on his acclaimed spiritual meditation, The Return of the Prodigal Son, Henri Nouwen—priest, writer, professor, and pastoral mentor—died of a heart attack in his homeland of the Netherlands. His friends and countless admirers were stunned. Prolific author of more than three dozen books, and a much-called-upon speaker and preacher, Nouwen was a large presence in Catholic circles and a growing influence in Protestant ones as well. His loss was felt not only in his immediate community but around the ...


Higgins Elected President Of Thomas Merton Society, Michael W. Higgins Sep 2015

Higgins Elected President Of Thomas Merton Society, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

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 of a two-year term.


Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton, And Donald Nicholl: Pilgrims Of Wisdom And Peace, Michael W. Higgins Mar 2015

Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton, And Donald Nicholl: Pilgrims Of Wisdom And Peace, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

Thomas Merton, Donald Nicholl, and Henri Nouwen, twentieth-century spiritual writers and thinkers, were, for significant chunks of time, contemporaries. To some degree they spoke out of similar contexts. To some degree they addressed similar crises.


Who Is Marc Ouellet?, Michael W. Higgins Mar 2015

Who Is Marc Ouellet?, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

Cardinal Ouellet, in spite of his capacity for stirring resistance, is approachable, personable, and a man of deep faith.


Defined By Spirituality?, Michael W. Higgins Feb 2015

Defined By Spirituality?, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

Pierre Elliott Trudeau was a man of intense, intelligent, and reflective faith, and this critical dimension of the man needs to be rightly considered when assessing his role and impact on Canadian society.


Francis, The Incremental Pope, Michael W. Higgins Nov 2014

Francis, The Incremental Pope, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

The biggest obstacle Pope Francis faces in his resolve to decentralize the church’s governance apparatus is the simple fact that his immediate two predecessors spent decades centralizing that very structure.


Why Won't The Pope Treat His Faithful Like Adults?, Michael W. Higgins Oct 2014

Why Won't The Pope Treat His Faithful Like Adults?, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

When Pope Francis summoned bishops from around the world to gather in Rome for a synod on the family this fall, and when he instructed his staff to prepare a questionnaire inviting serious input from the Roman Catholic world, bishops moved quickly to adjust the generic template to their local constituencies. Information was gathered, sifted and systematized in preparation for the gathering. But there are signs that the papal nerve may be wavering a mite. Vatican authorities have actively discouraged, if not directly forbidden, the public release of the materials gathered.


Synod Revealed The Muscle, Muck And Mire Of A Living Church, Michael W. Higgins Oct 2014

Synod Revealed The Muscle, Muck And Mire Of A Living Church, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

When Pope Francis ushered in the Synod on the Family with his opening address he pointedly observed that he wanted the Synod Fathers to speak with candour, without fear and without self-censoring. The past two turbulent weeks of the Extraordinary Synod of Catholic Bishops in Rome is over. But the ripples will be with us for some time to come.


A Secure Border: In Canada Religion & Politics Don't Mix, Michael W. Higgins Sep 2014

A Secure Border: In Canada Religion & Politics Don't Mix, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

The article focuses on the separation of religion and politics in Canada. It cites that Canadian politicians are collectively nervous about introducing religious issues in the political arena. It notes that reelected Prime Minister Stephen Harper has an affirmed intellectual attachment to religion. It states that religion, particularly Catholicism, surfaced at several points during the election, around the editorial table, or in caucus.


Prophet Of The Electric Age: Marshall Mcluhan’S Post-Curial Catholicism, Michael W. Higgins Sep 2014

Prophet Of The Electric Age: Marshall Mcluhan’S Post-Curial Catholicism, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

The author explores the Catholicism of Herbert Marshall McLuhan, a Canadian literary scholar and communications theorist. The author notes that McLuhan's Catholicism seldom surfaces in the writings of his biographers. Higgins believes McLuhan's Catholicisim deserves a fuller exploration since faith was profoundly constitutive in his life and thought. The author also claims that McLuhan's reasons for conversion differentiated him from the conventional intellectual.


The Journalist As Theologian: A Tribute To Gregory Baum, Michael W. Higgins Sep 2014

The Journalist As Theologian: A Tribute To Gregory Baum, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

The article features Gregory Baum, mathematician, theologian, ex-Augustinian friar, dissenter and pioneering sociologist of religion. In an interview in 1996, he provided a diagnosis of the Roman Catholic Church mentioning that it was undergoing a governance crisis of immense proportions and that there was a need for a new system. Baum, Professor Emeritus of Theological Ethics and the Sociology of Religion at McGill University, considers himself a journalist fascinated with ideas.


Larger Than Legend: Saving Chesterton From The Chestertonians, Michael W. Higgins Sep 2014

Larger Than Legend: Saving Chesterton From The Chestertonians, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

The article discusses the life and works of theologian Gilbert Keith Chesterton and the author's appreciation about his contributions to the Catholic Church. The author mentions that Chesterton has been his inspiration and he has been organizing an academic conference on his life and thought. He also tackles Chesterton's characteristics, who he referred as critical thinker, and his stance as anti-Semitism.


Infinite Horizon: The Prairie Spirituality Of Ronald Rolheiser, Michael W. Higgins Sep 2014

Infinite Horizon: The Prairie Spirituality Of Ronald Rolheiser, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

Ronald Rolheiser, president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio Texas (but a native of the Saskatchewan prairie), is one of the most popular Catholic spiritual writers and syndicated columnists at work today. What some critics see as Rolheiser’s complacency, his supposedly uncritical embrace of modern secular society, is actually borne of his remarkable faith and confidence in God’s abiding presence and care. Like the philosopher Charles Taylor, a fellow Canadian and Catholic, Rolheiser is keenly aware that modern liberal values such as tolerance and benevolence, and especially respect for individual dignity and freedom, have deep ...


Higgins Presents Talk On Bishop Curtis And Beyond, Michael W. Higgins Oct 2013

Higgins Presents Talk On Bishop Curtis And Beyond, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

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 Catholic Identity. The year 1963 was a time of international tensions, major social and political turbulence, and the early years of the Second Vatican Council. Great changes were taking place around the world, inspiring Bishop Walter W. Curtis of Bridgeport to create a university in which laity would assume leadership.


Higgins Receives Merton Society's Louie Award And New York Festivals International Radio Competition’S Gold Medal, Michael W. Higgins Jun 2013

Higgins Receives Merton Society's Louie Award And New York Festivals International Radio Competition’S Gold Medal, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

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 Thomas Merton Society’s Louie Award for International Contributions and the New York Festivals International Radio Competition’s Gold Medal.


The Priestly Imagination: Thomas Merton And The Poetics Of Critique, Michael W. Higgins Apr 2013

The Priestly Imagination: Thomas Merton And The Poetics Of Critique, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

The article looks at the representation of ideals of the poet-priest in the works of Thomas Merton. It provides an analysis of Merton's poetics of critique. For Merton, John the Baptist represents the model anchorite as well as the first Cisterician and the greatest Trappist. The indivisible and comprehensive dimensions of Merton as a whole man are represented by John the Baptist, John of the Cross and John the Beloved. The two types of Merton's poetics of critique are ecclesial/monastic and societal.


Seeing With Feeling, Michael W. Higgins Apr 2013

Seeing With Feeling, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

Book review by Michael W. Higgins. Haughey, John C. In Search of the Whole: Twelve Essays on Faith and Academic Life. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2011.


Shu’S Michael Higgins Examines The Clerical Sex Abuse Scandal In New Book, Michael W. Higgins Oct 2010

Shu’S Michael Higgins Examines The Clerical Sex Abuse Scandal In New Book, Michael W. Higgins

Michael W. Higgins

Suffer the Children Unto Me is, as the authors describe, “an exploration of the modern sexual abuse scandal from a number of perspectives.”