The Church Needs the Laity: The Wisdom of John Henry Newman

Join Michael W. Higgins — author, broadcaster, scholar and veteran Vatican observer — for this exploration of how the thought of John Henry Cardinal Newman can offer us direction for today as Catholic lay men and women strive to find their place in the rejuvenation of the Roman Catholic Church. With Newman’s canonization there is renewed interest in this popular and ever-thoughtful church leader. Higgins shows how his philosophy is even more relevant than ever.

Sponsored by Novalis Publishing and St. Mark's College at UBC.

Date and Time: Wednesday, April 21, 2021. 12:00-1:00 PM (3:00 PM Eastern)

Location: Online

Cost: Free


Michael W. Higgins

President, Corpus Christi College - St. Mark's College at UBC, Vancouver, BC
Michael W. Higgins, a native Torontonian, is an author, scholar, Vatican Affairs Specialist for The Globe and Mail, papal commentator for broadcast media, CBC Radio documentarian, columnist, and student of such Catholic thinkers as Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen and Cardinal Newman. His most recent book is The Church Needs the Laity: The Wisdom of John Henry Newman (published by Novalis in Canada and Paulist Press in the United States). His journalism on all things Catholic has appeared in publications around the world, including Commonweal, the Irish Catholic and The Catholic Register.

Anne Louise Mahoney

Moderator for Q and A
Anne Louise Mahoney is managing editor of Novalis. She has an ongoing interest in the role of the laity in the post–Vatican II Church and is an active volunteer at her parish. Anne Louise is based in Ottawa, Ontario. She is the editor of Looking to the Laity: Reflections on Where the Church Can Go from Here, published this spring by Novalis.

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