The year 1990 marks the centenary of the death of John Henry Cardinal Newman. Newman has been identified as the forerunner of the Second Vatican Council, and is acknowledged as one of the critical influences on the development of theology and spirituality in the Christian tradition over the last 50 years, specifically in the light of the evolving role of the laity, the critical importance attached to individual conscience, and the formative influence of the apostolic and patristic periods of the life of the Church. They all underscore the special and enduring influence of the great English Cardinal. This lecture will underline the various points of influence that have characterized the Newman legacy.
Dr. Michael Higgins
Michael W. Higgins is the Assistant Dean at St. Jerome’s University, Editor of "Grail: An Ecumenical Journal". and the Director of the Institute for Studies in Theological Renewal. He writes for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a radio documentarist, has published extensively in both general interest and scholarly journals, and is the co-author of various books, including "My Father’s Business: a Biography of His Eminence Gerald Emmett Cardinal Carter" (Macmillian, 1990). He has given various public lectures at several universities including the Keenan Lecture for St. Thomas More College, the Colubus Lecture for Brock University, and the Christian Cluture Lecture for Assumption University.