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Father Michael J. Higgins TOR

Michael Higgins

Title: Author of FRAN 401 - St. Francis of Assisi, An Introduction
School: Arts & Letters
Department: ICFL


Michael is a Franciscan friar priest of the Third Order Regular and is currently in residence at the Basilica of Saints Cosmas and Damian in Rome, Italy, where he serves as Vicar General of the Order. In that capacity, Michael exercises a wide range of responsibilities for the administration of the Order around the world. He also serves as Assistant Editor of Analecta TOR, a scholarly journal published by the Third Order Regular. Michael currently represents his Order as the General Spiritual Assistant to the worldwide Secular Franciscan Order. Before his transfer to Rome, he served as the Provincial Spiritual Assistant to the Secular Franciscan Order for the Sacred Heart Province and as a local Spiritual Assistant to Saint Clare’s Fraternity in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. His academic background includes the following degrees: B.A. in Psychology; Master of Divinity; Master of Sacred Theology; M.A. in Spirituality; and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Institute of Franciscan Spirituality at the Pontifical Ateneo Antonianum in Rome. A main interest of Michael’s is in the area of spiritual development and counseling. He is a past contributing editor of Catholic Family, a periodical (now defunct) which was published in Fort Worth, Texas. Catholic Family addressed themes dealing with Christian growth and family life. His contribution included a regular scriptural commentary entitled “Words of Life.”

Other publications include the following articles:

  • “Religious Life and the Experience of God,” in Envoy, a spiritual journal published by Duquesne;
  • “The Sacramental Theology of St. Bonaventure,” in Review for Religious;
  • “A Franciscan Reflection on the Our Father,” in Sisters Today;
  • “Active-Contemplative Synthesis,” “St. Clare and Obedience: a look at chapter 1 of her rule,” and “Franciscan Spirituality and Christology” in The Cord;
  • "The Charisms of the Third Order Regular," "Transcendent Self Presence and Social Justice,"
  • "A History of Sacred Heart Province," and "Angela of Foligno" in Analecta TOR.

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