18th Annual Borromean Lecture by WSJ’s Gerard Baker Resounding Success

Gerard Baker, Editor at Large of The Wall Street Journal, served as the featured presenter. He delivered his remarks at an noon luncheon on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons on the Main Campus of at St. Charles Preparatory School.



(Photo, left) Mr. Baker meets with members of the school’s student newspaper, The Carolian, following his presentation. Interviewing Baker and getting his professional insights were (from left ) Liam O’Reilly’18 (Editor) (St. Brigid of Kildare School, St. Catharine Parish), James Marinas ’22 (McCord Middle School, St. Peter Prish), Griffin Hill ’18 (St. Timothy School) and Thomas Jeffrey ’19 (St. Timothy School, St. Timothy Parish).




This speaker series was established to addresses “the desperate need for civility, morality and high ethical standards for tomorrow’s leaders in our church, the corporate world, non-profits and service organizations, and beloved institutions.”


His presentation, fittingly relevant, was entitled “Truth and Trust.”


Mr. Baker previously served as Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones from 2013 to 2018. Before that, Mr. Baker was Deputy Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal. He has been a journalist for more than 30 years, writing and broadcasting for some of the world’s most famous news organizations, and also has the distinction of being the first British citizen to moderate a U.S. presidential debate when he co-hosted a Republican primary debate in November 2015 that was watched live by more than 15 million people.


Before joining the Journal, Mr. Baker was the U.S. Editor and an Assistant Editor of The Times of London, where he wrote news and commentary for Britain’s longest continuously published newspaper and oversaw U.S. coverage for the paper and online editions.


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.


Other past speakers include nationally known theologian and former U.S. Ambassador Michael Novak; Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., internationally-known author and lecturer; Joel Klein, the former Chancellor of N.Y. City Schools; Father John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President of the University of Notre Dame; Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus; William McGurn, Vice President at News Corporation; Steve Forbes, Jr., Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media; and most recently, Kenneth L. Woodward, responsible for Newsweek’s Religion section from 1964-2002.


The lecture series was launched through the initiative

and support of 1961 St. Charles alumnus, Robert L. Dilenschneider, a nationally-known New York public relations executive and author. He is the founder and principal of The Dilenschneider Group (TDG), a public relations and communications consulting firm.


Mr. Dilenschneider 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.


St. Charles would also like to acknowledge The Dilenschneider Group’s Joan Avagliano as well as Berwick Manor Catering and the Susi Family for their assistance in organizing the Borromean Lecture!



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