It was a great pleasure to be present at your outstanding lecture. It was a superb presentation of one of the greatest victories in the history of the Church: a supernatural victory achieved by faith and prayers, and illustrating the truth that "boasting of chariots and of horses" does not guarantee success. Victory comes to those who "boast in the name of the Lord" (Psalm 20,7). Your talk is also a clarion call for the West to go back to the Faith: for, as Belloc wrote, "Europe is the Faith, and the Faith is Europe." I highly recommend your presentation.

Alice Von Hildebrand


Christopher Check's talk on Lepanto will transport you across time and space and you will suddenly find yourself on galley in the midst of the most important sea battle in the history of Western Civilization. Even better, he recites from memory Chesterton's poem about it!

Dale Ahlquist
President, American Chesterton Society
Editor, The Annotated Lepanto

Christopher Check delivers his lecture on Lepanto with the punch and passion that such a subject demands. The combination of scholarship and rambunctiousness with which he tells the story of Don John's victory over Christendom's ancient foe reminded me of Belloc and Chesterton combined. His lecture is nothing less than a Chesterbellocian feast and is not to be missed.

Joseph Pearce
Ave Maria University
Author of Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton

It really was quite extraordinary; and I mean to use that term in exactly the way it was intended to be used.

You're providing a great service to all those who hear this presentation. My only lament is that every student in every high school classroom all over the United States and Europe isn't hearing it, or at least every Catholic student. Imagine the vibrancy of the Church if she returned to feeding its people this intellectual and cultural fare to go along with the supernatural food it is blessed to give; and imagine then that effect on our world.

Thank you for keeping this piece of it alive in such a dynamic way, and for sharing it with our students.

Col David Petrillo, USAF, Ret
The Montfort Academy
Katonah, NY

The talk by Chris Check on the Battle of Lepanto was one of the most interesting and literary-flavored that I have ever heard. When you take the magnificent historical research done by Chris Check together with his passion for the Church and co-mingle it with the genius of Chesterton you have a combination of excellence that is hard to match much less surpass.

Thomas Roeser
Chairman, Chicago Legatus

Chris Check's presentation to our lunch forum on the Battle of Lepanto was one of the most exciting events we have hosted, including Chris' recitation, from memory, of Chesterton's famous poem about Lepanto. This is a rare treat.

Catholic Citizens of Illinois

Mr.Check's presentation would have delighted Chesterton himself for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that his declamation stunned, enthralled, and edified a whole roomful of young men in their teens. Top-drawer.

Father Hugh Barbour, O. Praem.
Saint Michael's Abbey and Preparatory School
Orange County, California

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