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Ryan Leadership Institute

The Ryan Leadership Institute emerged in collaboration with the Catholic Leadership Institute in Philadelphia. Under the administration of the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture, this leadership institute represents a uniquely designed two-year initiative to provide students at DeSales University with a program of personal growth and leadership training in the context of Catholic spirituality in the Salesian tradition.

In 2012-2013 the institute was re-named the Ryan Leadership Institute after its financial benefactors, Frank and Jane Ryan. ► photo gallery 

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"America needs lay Christians able to assume the roles of leadership in society. It is urgent to train men and women who, in keeping with their vocation, can influence public life and direct it to the common good."

Apostolic Exhortation on The Church in America (1999)


♦  To support the future life and work of the Church, by fostering a deeper commitment to the Roman Catholic faith and to campus/parish communities

♦  To disseminate the distinctive charism of Salesian Spirituality, by providing a more in-depth education in this religious tradition

♦  To effect a transformation of individuals, by developing an awareness of personal talents and inter-personal communications 

♦  To inspire future leadership of self and others, by developing practical skills through individual reflection, expert coaching, and group activities

♦  To effect a transformation of culture, by enacting the spiritual and personal dynamics of the institute through leadership in student, civic, and ecclesiastical organizations


  • Personal ... forging relationships that positively influences one's future
  • Spiritual ... seeing how faith is a key component to human happiness in any career
  • Educational ... learning skills taught in the best executive training programs in the corporate world 

To learn more about the various components of our Leadership Institute, follow these links:

Participants in the Leadership Institute

RLI staff  --  those leaders who have designed and continue to facilitate the program

RLI students -- those currently engaged in the two-year program

RLI - ALUMNI -- graduates of DSU who are putting the leadership ideals into practice in society

Activities of the Leadership Institute

RLI Journey -- the programs during the students' Junior year at DSU

RLI Service-- the programs during the students' Senior year at DSU 

Information about the Leadership Institute

RLI Overview

RLI Application

RLI History