Photo: (From left) Principal James Lower, Monsignor Thomas Powers and Bishop Robert Brennan
St. Charles proudly welcomed Monsignor Thomas V. Powers, vicar general of the Diocese of Bridgeport, as the featured speaker at the school’s annual Borromean Lecture on Thursday, October 28th. Presenters for this lecture series address 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.
Monsignor Powers delivered his remarks at an 11:45 a.m. luncheon in the school’s Robert C. Walter Student Commons to the student body, faculty, staff and more than 100 special guests. He spoke on“Preaching By the Way We Live: Living Out the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching.”
We invite you to view the presentation on the school’s YouTube page by clicking HERE.
Monsignor’s Background: Msgr. Thomas Powers was raised in Newtown with his three sisters and one brother. He attended St. Rose of Lima School in Newtown and Immaculate High School in Danbury and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1987 with a B.A. in economics. After graduation, he worked as a financial consultant with Andersen Consulting in New York, and in 1991, spent one year performing volunteer work in Puerto Rico through the Center for Social Concerns of the University of Notre Dame. In 1992, he entered St. John Fisher, then located in Trumbull, and in 1993, was sent to the Pontifical North American College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University and a licentiate from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Msgr. Powers was ordained on May 24, 1997, at St. Augustine Cathedral. After serving as parochial vicar at St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull and as the spiritual director of St. John Fisher Seminary and chaplain of Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford, he was assigned as an official in the Congregation for Bishops in Vatican City from 2005-15. During that time, he lived at and served as a spiritual director at the Pontifical North American College. While in Rome, he was also tapped to be the “English-language voice of the Vatican” during Christmas Midnight Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. In 2015, Bishop Caggiano called Msgr. Powers back to the diocese to serve as vicar general, and to reside at St. John Fisher Seminary so that he could continue to play a role in the formation of seminarians.
Event background: 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, Dr. Joseph E. Nyre, president of Seton Hall University.
Photo: Robert L. Dilenschneider ’61 (front) with Monsignor Powers and Bishop Robert Brennan.
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.