Category: 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.