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RLI Staff

The Salesian Leadership Institute was founded by Frank & Jane Ryan, and inaugurated during the 2005-2006 academic year, through a partnership between the ► Catholic Leadership Institute (Philadelphia), the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture, and the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales at DeSales University. Beginning in 2010, full operation of the Institute was transferred to the Salesian Center.

In 2012 the institute was re-named the Ryan Leadership Institute after its founders.

► click here for a brief History of RLI

The following persons facilitate the operation of this institute.


Fr. Doug Burns, OSFS
Director, Sport & Exercise Science
Leadership Program Facilitator
Telephone: 610.282.1100 ext. 1295

Lore McFadden, PMP
Director of Programs
Salesian Center for Faith & Culture
610.282.1100 x 1244

Bro. Joseph Schodowski, OSFS
Campus Environment
610.282.1100 x1674

Gracia Perilli
Associate Athletic Director
Senior Women's Administrator
610.282.1100 x 1218

Dr. Martin Brett
Sport Management Program
610.282.1100 x 1832


Events Calendar

R. Wayne & Joan Kraft Memorial Lecture

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 08:00 PM
DeSales University 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA
DeSales University Center

This annual lecture series is designed to offer the public a humanistic viewpoint on an issue of national prominence. The topic of discussion for this event will be The attractive beauty of holiness: the influence of St. Francis de Sales in the married  spirituality of Elisabeth Leseur. FR. THOMAS KEVIN KRAFT, OP, Friar of the Province of Saint Joseph USA, currently assigned to Saint Dominic's House, Nairobi, Kenya is our featured speaker. 

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

Salesian Spirituality