Baronius Lecture on Church History

Since its canonical founding in 1988, the Brooklyn Oratory has sponsored a series of lectures on Church history or on contemporary developments in Catholicism under the patronage and in the spirit of Cesare Cardinal Baronio (Baronius). A Cardinal Baronius was among the first generation of Oratorians joining the Roman Oratory in 1557. At the request of St. Philip Neri he began writing a comprehensive history of the Church which became known as the Annales Ecclesiastici, which is still considered one of the first attempts at modern, critical scholarship in the field of church history. The series of lectures is sponsored to keep alive the Oratory’s charism of the value of serious intellectual study and inquiry.

Baronius Lecture 2015

The Congregation is pleased to announce the
2015 Baronius Lecture on
Church History will be given by
art writer and historian Ian Verstegen
drawing on his soon to be published work on Frederico Barroci.

Thursday November 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

The Oratory Church of St. Boniface
Duffield Street off Willoughby Street in downtown Brooklyn.

Clergy and seminarians who attend are invited to a post lecture dinner hosted by the Fathers and Brothers of the Brooklyn Oratory.  Please contact us by email to register for the dinner by November 5, 2015:


Previous Baronius Lectures

BaroniusSome of the recent Baronius lecturers and their topics have included:


2014: Rev. Richard G. Smith, Ph.D., patristics scholar, The Catholic Church of the Poor: Who Says So? Listening to the Voices of the Early Church and the Voice of Pope Francis: An Exercise in Continuity

2013: David Gibson, journalist and papal biographer: Looking Back at Benedict—Looking Forward to Francis: Papal Transitions and Predictions

2012: Bede Bidlack, professor of theology at St Anselm’s College (NH): Revisiting The Thought and Wisdom of Teilhard de Chardin

2011: Dr. David Campbell, professor of sociology at The University of Notre Dame: Young Americans: Losing Their Religion

2009: Alfonse Borysewicz, Brooklyn artist and Oratory parishioner: Can You Be a Contemporary Artist and a Practicing Catholic?