The Borromean Lecture Series

The Borromean Lecture Series

1961 St. Charles alumnus Robert L. Dilenschneider, CEO of The Dilenschneider Group and one of the country’s leading public relations authorities, established The Borromean Lectures in 2001. The event annually attracts a figure of national renown to speak on the topic of morals and ethics in business and government. The series is named honor of the school’s patron saint, St. Charles Borromeo.

The inaugural presentation in the series was made by nationally known theologian, author, former U.S. ambassador, and Director of Social and Political Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, Michael Novak.

“Thinking back on my time at St. Charles, it occurred to me that the foundation for just about everything I needed to know was laid during those years,” Dilenschneider said. “At St. Charles, education was not narrowly focused to prepare students for a career or a trade. It offered a traditional liberal arts education, with an emphasis on reading, writing, mathematics, and the social and physical sciences.

“St. Charles taught us to assimilate information,” he continued. “St. Charles taught us to process and organize and understand information, and St. Charles taught us to express information publicly. Maybe most important, St. Charles taught, and still teaches, the difference between what is right and what is wrong. In the words of John Maynard Hutchins, the late great chancellor of the University of Chicago, St. Charles prepared us ‘to be ready for anything and everything’,” he asserted.

After graduating from St. Charles, Dilenschneider earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University School of Journalism. Dilenschneider’s career in public relations is peppered with hands-on experience in managing the information for some of the country’s largest news-making events. Establishing The Borromean Lectures was not only an expression of Dilenschneider’s gratitude to St. Charles but also one which he hopes will affirm St. Charles’ leadership position among educational institutions in Central Ohio.

Past Presenters

November 9, 2001: Michael Novak, a nationally known theologian and former U.S. Ambassador.

January 8, 2003: Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J., an internationally-known author and lecturer.

October 27, 2004: Joel I. Klein, Chancellor of New York City Schools

October 7, 2005: F. Russell Hittinger, Ph.D., Warren Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa.

March 2, 2007: Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Apostolic Nuncio to the United Nations

February 28, 2008: Father John I. Jenkins, C.S.C, President of the University of Notre Dame

November 6, 2008: Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of The Knights of Columbus

October 13, 2009: Father Robert F. O’Toole, S.J.,President of the Gregorian University Foundation.

November 12, 2010: Father Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., President of Fairfield University.

November 15, 2011: William McGurn, Vice President for News Corporation.

November 14, 2012: John H. Garvey, President of Catholic University of America.

November 22, 2013: Dr. Allan Goodman, President of the International Institute of Education

November 14, 2014:  Father Michael Garanzini, S.J., President of Loyola University Chicago

October 26, 2015: Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media

November 11, 2016: Ms. Susan Eisenhower, CEO and Chairman of The Eisenhower Group, Inc. in Washington, D.C.

November 14, 2017:  Kenneth L. Woodward, author, responsible for Newsweek’s Religion section (1964-2002)

November 28, 2018: Gerard Baker, Editor-at-Large of The Wall Street Journal

October 29, 2019: Dr. Joseph E. Nyre, president of Seton Hall University

The most recent installment in the series occurred on October 28, 2021 when St. Charles proudly welcomed Monsignor Thomas V. Powers, vicar general of the Diocese of Bridgeport. To view the event and Monsignor Powers’ presentation (Preaching By the Way We Live:  Living Out the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching  ) we invite you to click HERE.

Photo: (From left) Monsignor Thomas Powers, Robert L. Dilenschneider ’61 (seated) and Robert Brennan, Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus.


For information on attending the 2019 Borromean Lecture, please contact the school’s alumni and communications director, Louis J. Fabro ’83 at [email protected].


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