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Ryan Leadership Institute - Hero's Journey

During their Junior year, students in our Ryan Leadership Institute participate in two programs that focus on intra- and inter-personal development.  These programs have been adapted from the Catholic Leadership Institute to reflect the distinctively Salesian character of our institute.


The Leaders Experiential Adventure Program is a three-day retreat, held off-campus at the beginning of the academic year, which focuses on the discovery of one's personal profile and the development of one's personal mission.  Through participation in a "mountain adventures" experience, the retreat promotes skills development in terms of clarity, courage, choice, and support.

► see the photo galleries from past retreats 

A second retreat at the end of the academic year, also held off-campus, draws the year-long program to its conclusion with a co-missioning ceremony for the class.


The Being Energized and Inspired Together program is a series of ten (10) two-hour meetings, held on campus in the evenings, which focuses on personal reflection and group discussion.  Materials for these sessions promote skills development in terms of leadership of self, creating winning relationships, and leading others to a better future.  The sessions are facilitated by faculty/staff trained in Salesian leadership (Fr. Doug Burns, OSFS, Bro. Joseph Schodowski, OSFS and alumni) 

 current calendar for the "Hero's Journey"

Events Calendar

Heritage Week - Mass for St. Francis de Sales

Sunday, January 21, 2018, 08:00 PM
DeSales University 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA
Connelly Chapel

Heritage Week 2018 kicks off with this special mass celebrating the first Bishop of Geneva, Francis de Sales. Our special guest celebrant will be THE MOST REVEREND ALFRED SCHLERT, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of the Diocese of Allentown

This event is FREE and open to the public. NO tickets are required.

Salesian Spirituality