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

The Brother Robert J. Sullivan, C.F.X. Lecture Series brings innovators and leaders to St. John’s to explore how an ethics-based education can shape decision-making in the real world. Watch this video to learn more about Brother Sullivan, the educator, and the creation of this speaker series. 

Jim O'Connell, M.D., Keynote Speaker
April 24 at 6 pm in the Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center
Registration to come

Dr. Jim O’Connell has been taking care of his homeless patients of Boston for over 30 years. Much to his chagrin, he has been called a saint. His patients simply call him “Dr. Jim.” Armed with a backpack filled with medical supplies, new athletic socks, and Dunkin’ Donut gift cards, he combs the streets of Boston, making house calls wherever his patients find themselves—under bridges, down alleyways, in parks—and every Thursday at his bustling clinic at Mass General Hospital.

Dr. O’Connell graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, received a master’s degree in theology from Cambridge University, earned an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency in internal medicine at Mass General Hospital in 1985. That same year, Dr. O’Connell began full-time clinical work with homeless individuals as a founding physician of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP). In addition to his busy clinical practice, Dr. O’Connell has been instrumental in pioneering many innovations in homeless medicine. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award. An internationally acclaimed speaker on homeless medicine, he has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and CBS Evening News and is the author of Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor.

Chris Lowney, Keynote Speaker

Doing the Laundry and Dusty Shoes: 21st Century Leadership—Lowney's remarks at St. John's on December 12, 2018

Chris Lowney, best-selling author, social entrepreneur and philanthropist, will be our first speaker of the school year at the Brother Robert J. Sullivan, C.F.X. Lecture Series at St. John’s. Lowney has spoken about business, ethics, and inter-religious dialogue. A Jesuit seminarian turned managing director at J.P. Morgan & Co., he chairs the board of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems with more than 100 hospitals and nearly $16 billion in annual revenue. He has helped to launch an online university program at refugee camps in Africa and beyond. He co-founded Contemplative Leaders in Action and founded Pilgrimage for Our Children’s Future

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

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