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Brother Robert J. Sullivan, C.F.X. Lecture Series

Presented by the Center for Mission and Research, the Brother Robert J. Sullivan, C.F.X. Lecture Series features individuals whose lives align with the mission and values that are at the center of the St. John’s community.

About Brother Sullivan 

"Brother Robert Sullivan, C.F.X. is one who is noted by many former students. As dean of students in the early 1960s and a member of the faculty in the 1970s and 1980s, Brother Sullivan was 'captivating and inspirational.' Undoubtedly, he possessed a style all his own and was particularly adept at reaching his students with a direct gesture, a steady glare and a reserved authority which was understood by all. A man with an accomplished academic record, Brother Sullivan had a special intuition and knowledge that transcended ethics, philosophy, psychology, and physics. His style was intimidating at times, but it allowed him to reach us, to encourage us and more importantly, to add to our own God-given ability, 'a sense of excellence'." –Rod MacLellan '76

The Brother Robert J. Sullivan, C.F.X. Endowment Fund was established to support a lecture series that brings distinguished scholars and speakers to St. John's each year. The expansion of the program includes opportunities for students to meet and engage with academics and leaders in fields that reflect Brother Sullivan's wide-ranging interests. If you wish to make a donation to the Brother Robert Sullivan, C.F.X. Fund to help support the lecture series, please click here
Thank you to the members of the Brother Robert J. Sullivan, C.F.X. Lecture Series Committee for their continued support: Matt Donahue '77 P'08 '09 '12 '14, Kevin Harrington '77, Rod MacLellan '76, Steve Pfaff '77, and Joe Timmins '77.

Past Speakers

David Brooks, February 2024
Author, Opinion Columnist, and Commentator
Ethical Leadership & Seeking to Understand "How to Know a Person"

Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely '95, January 2023
"The Power of Storytelling"

Dr. Danielle Wood, April 2022
Scientist and Engineer
"Advancing Earth Justice by Way of Space"

Bill McKibben, October 2021
Environmentalist and Author
"Our Changing Climate"

Greg Boyle, SJ, March 2021
Founder of Homeboy Industries
"Boundless Compassion, Limitless Kinship"

Vijay Gupta, February 2021
Violinist and Social Justice Advocate

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, October 2019
Pulitzer Prize-winning author, war correspondent, and Harvard professor

Jim O'Connell, M.D., April 2019
Renowned physician and public health advocate

Chris Lowney, December 2018
Best-selling author, social entrepreneur and philanthropist

Dr. Kenneth R. Miller, 2018 
Professor of Biology, Brown University
"To Seek God in All Things: Finding Grandeur in an Evolutionary View of Life"

Dr. John Peter Kenney, 2017 
Professor of Religious Studies, Saint Michael's College Augustine
"St. Augustine and Fake Religion"

Mark O’Donnell, 2016 
The Chestnut Hill Center and Mary Cipriano, St. Patrick Academy
"Mentoring in Formative Years to Build Lifelong Character"

Father Iain MacLellan, O.S.B., 2015
Director of the Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art
Center, Saint Anselm College – "Beauty and the Arts"