Higgins presents 2nd Annual Henri Nouwen Lecture on Contemporary Spirituality

News Story: September 12, 2012

Dr. Michael W. Higgins, vice president for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart and authorized Henri Nouwen biographer, will present “Henri Nouwen, Jean Vanier and L’Arche: a Sacred Trinity” as part of the Second Annual Henri Nouwen Lecture on Contemporary Spirituality at Sacred Heart University on Tuesday, September 25 at 7p.m. in the Schine Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

The lecture will underscore the supreme value that comes with working with the disabled and challenged, a work that brings us into contact with those the famous psychologist-priest and spiritual writer Henri Nouwen calls the “barometers of the spirit.”

Nouwen, the author of 39 books, and a former professor at Notre Dame, Yale and Harvard, spent the last 10 years of his life before his untimely death in Holland in 1996 working with the emotionally, physically and mentally challenged. A holy misfit, energizing lecturer and internationally recognized spiritual figure, he drew upon his experience at a L’Arche community in France and in Canada to write some of the most compelling and personal of his books.

This lecture will look at these last 10 years, his friendship with Jean Vanier and the L’Arche movement and his own evolving legacy.

Higgins is also a professor of Religious Studies and the author of many books.