2012-2013 Waterloo District Catholic School Board
Henri Nouwen, Genius Born of Anguish - Exploring a book of IDEAS
This presentation will take us inside the biography and the accomplishments of the charismatic teacher and gifted writer, Henri Nouwen. Guided by Michael W. Higgins and Kevin Burns, the creators of a 3-part CBC Ideas series and the recent Novalis/Paulist publication: Genius Born of Anguish – The Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen, we will hear excerpts and commentary from the book, see images from Nouwen archives, and hear audio excerpts from the radio documentary. Higgins and Burns will share their insights into this important and complex figure in contemporary spirituality who, according to Ron Rolheiser OMI, was equal parts genius, artist, tormented soul, and “a saint in progress.”
Michael W. Higgins
Michael W. Higgins, PhD
Michael W. Higgins is the author and co-author of over a dozen books, including two national bestsellers—Power and Peril and Stalking the Holy—and two award-winning volumes—Heretic Blood and Suffer the Children unto Me. He is the former President of St. Jerome’s University and is currently Vice-President of Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University, Connecticut. He is also the official biographer of Henri Nouwen.
Kevin Burns is an Ottawa-based writer, editor, and researcher. He has an extensive publishing background in the areas of spirituality, religion, and matters of faith and culture. He is also a seasoned freelance radio producer with documentaries for CBC Radio’s Tapestry and Ideas. He is a member of the Board of Governors of St. Jerome’s University.
Waterloo District Catholic School Board