(Above, from right to left — Guest presenter, Ken Woodward; St. Charles Principal Jim Lower; and the Borromean Lecture Series initiator and benefactor, Robert Dilenschneider ’61. [Click HERE to see more photos on the SC Facebook page.]
St. Charles Preparatory School proudly welcomed on Tuesday, November 14, as the featured speaker at the school’s 18th annual Borromean Lecture. His luncheon presentation, entitled “Character, Competence and Commitment: Virtues a College Education Can’t Provide,” was held in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons on the school’s campus at 2010 E. Broad St. in Columbus. Mr. Woodward spoke to the schools entire student body (625 young men), faculty, staff and more than 120 special guests from the Central Ohio professional community.
Mr. Woodward was responsible for Newsweek’s Religion section from 1964-2002. He reported from five continents, producing more than 40 cover stories as well as articles on a variety of subjects, including the family. He has written on the whole life cycle of Jesus in various cover stories: the birth, the death, the parables and the miracles — even the image of Jesus in other world religions.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Woodward graduated with honors from Notre Dame University in 1957. Over the years Woodward has lectured at over 40 colleges and universities. In 1993 he was Regents Visiting Professor in the Religious Studies Department at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has contributed numerous articles and book reviews to publications such as Commonweal, America, The Critic, McCall’s, GEO, Smithsonian, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Woodward is co-author, with child psychiatrist Arthur Kornhaber, M.D., of Grandparents/ Grandchildren: The Vital Connection (Doubleday, 1981), a study of the three-generation family. More recently, Making Saints: How the Catholic Church Determines Who Becomes a Saint, Who Doesn’t, and Why (Touchstone, 1996) and The Book of Miracles: The Meaning of the Miracle Stories in Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam (Simon & Schuster, 2000).
The Borromean Lecture series was established in 2000 to honor the school’s patron, St. Charles Borromeo. It establishes a forum at St. Charles to annually attract to campus a speaker of national renown on the topics of morals and ethics in society, business and government. The inaugural presentation in the Borromean Lecture series was delivered by Michael Novak, a nationally known theologian and former U.S. Ambassador. Last year’s speaker was Susan Eisenhower, the CEO and Chairman of The Eisenhower Group, Inc.
The lecture series was launched through the initiative and support of 1961 St. Charles alumnus, Robert L. Dilenschneider, a nationally-known public relations executive and author who works and lives in New York City. He is the founder and principal of The Dilenschneider Group, a public relations and communications consulting firm. He is a former CEO of Hill and Knowlton, Inc., a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the International Public Relations Association and a Fellow to the International Association of Business Communicators.