The Benedictine Leadership Studies (BLS) program is a Student Affairs initiative in partnership with academic and administrative colleagues. Each year, the program invites applications from freshmen students of all majors who have an interest in the study of leadership principles and a desire to experience followership and leadership roles through their years at Saint Vincent College.

The Rule of Saint Benedict serves as the cornerstone leadership model, exposing students to a deeper understanding of leadership in their personal and professional lives and in service to the local, national and global community.

The purpose of the BLS program includes the analysis of who we are as individuals, how we serve and influence our communities and the development of a meaningful understanding of God’s purpose for our lives.

The BLS program goals are threefold:

  • Saint Vincent College students will develop a deep understanding of the sustainability and applicability of the Saint Benedict leadership model.
  • Saint Vincent College students will be prepared to effectively serve as both leaders and followers in their personal and professional lives.
  • Saint Vincent College students will gain an academic understanding of national and international leadership.

The BLS program content includes:

  • Knowledge seminars
  • Conferences (as attendees and eventually as presenters)
  • Mentoring from leaders who serve both on and off campus
  • Service (as participants and eventually as organizers of projects)
  • Career and professional development, including leadership-focused internships
  • Personal reflection and assessment
  • Study abroad

BLS has a competitive admissions process. Interested students apply for acceptance the summer before their freshman year. Selection criteria include items such as GPA, leadership activities, community service, student essays describing why they want to be in the program and professional recommendations.

Click here to apply to the BLS Program. Applications will be accepted until Friday, July 28.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 724-805-2567 or StudentAffairs@stvincent.edu.

Meet Our BLS Students

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Alexandra Gerstel
Alexandra Gerstel

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us."
-Marianne Williamson

An Khai Tran
An Khai Tran

"If Christ Jesus dwells in a man as his friend and noble leader, that man can endure all things, for Christ helps and strengthens us and never abandons us. He is a true friend."
- Saint Teresa of Avila

Baylin Snyder
Baylin Snyder

"Great leaders don't set out to be a leader...they set out to make a difference. It's never about the role-always about the goal."
- Anonymous

Ben Firestone
Ben Firestone

"Leadership is not a position or a title, it is action and example."
-
 Cory Booker

Joseph Heldrich
Joseph Heldrich

"When you become a leader, you lose the right to think about yourself."
- Gerald Brooks

Keila Lobos-Hernandez
Keila Lobos Hernandez

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
-
Eleanor Roosevelt

Lauren Zalich
Lauren Zalich

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
- John F. Kennedy

Mary Anand
Mary Anand

"Whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave."
-
Matthew 20:26-27

Mary Popp
Mary Popp

"It's not the load that weighs you down, it's the way you carry it."
- C. S. Lewis

Matthew Evans
Matthew Evans

 

Moira Sullivan
Moira Sullivan

"When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do."
- Walt Disney

Olivia Zulisky
Olivia Zulisky

"Where God guides, He provides."
- Isaiah 58:11

Phil Tran
Phil Tran

"The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort; you were made for greatness."
- Pope Benedict XVI

Tyrique Anderson 
Tyrique Anderson

"I've learned that  you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back."
- Maya Angelou

Sofia Sicignano
Sofia Sicignano

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Phil Johnson
Phil Johnson
Benjamin Watt
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"There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don't care who gets the credit."
- Ronald Reagan

Carrie Wylie
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"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
- John F. Kennedy

Nicholas Nyman
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"Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”
- Jack Welch

Genna Niemiec
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"You gain strength, courage, and confidence for every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Kathleen O'Reilly
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“Jesus said, ‘For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.’”
- Mark 10:45

Kelly Wieczorkowski
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"Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.” 
- John Maxwell

Luke Good
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"The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things." 
- Ronald Reagan

Marion Emerson
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“You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together, we can do great things.” 
-Mother Teresa

Matthew Kenney
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“I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions.” 
- Lou Holtz

Mikayla Nolfi
Mikayla Nolfi
"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do." 
-Steve Jobs

Cheyenne Dunbar
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"Great leadership is about human experiences. It's not a formula or a program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others. It is an attitude, not a routine." 
- Lance Secretan

Olivia Cerniglia
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"A great leader's courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position." 
- John Maxwell

Thomas Fitzsimmons
Thomas Fitzsimmons
“Life is not about warming yourself by the fire, life is about building the fire and generosity is the match… If you want happiness for an hour take a nap but, if you want happiness for a lifetime help somebody.” 
- Larry Lucchino

Paul Gnatowski
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"If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever."
- St. Thomas Aquinas

Kaitlyn Thomas
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"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being." 
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Samuel Geer
Samuel Geer
"There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions – in a way that serves the world and you." 
- Richard Branson

DJ Hough
DJ Hough
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” 
- John Quincy Adams

Hannah Carey
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"Before you become a leader success is all about growing yourself. Once you become a leader success is all about growing others." 
- Jack Welch

Rebecca McCullough
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"Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask, act! Action will delineate and define you." 
-Thomas Jefferson

Theresa Thimons
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"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."
-Mother Teresa

Rachel Douds
Rachel Douds

"A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent."
-Douglas MacArthur

Maria Franey
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“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” 
- Woodrow Wilson

Rachel Seamans
Rachel Seamans

"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples."
- Mother Teresa

Joseph Puvel
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"If a man wishes to be sure of the road he treads on, he must close his eyes and walk in the dark."
-Saint John of the Cross

Jamie Sherry
Jamie Sherry

"A true leader does what is right, no matter what others think."
-J.K. Rowling

Alex Rosa
Alex Rosa

“You may never know the results of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

Grace Harris
Grace Harris

"Never underestimate the power of quiet people; they may just change the world."
-An Original Quote

Anh Le
Anh Le

“I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say ‘because of you, I didn’t give up!’"
-Author Unknown

Johanna Philips
Johanna Philips

“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.”
-Arnold H. Glasnow

Austin Reder
Austin Reder

"The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office."
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

Michael Navarro
Michael Navarro

“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.”
-John Maxwell

Kate Palko
Kate Palko

"If we can develop a truly humble attitude, we can change the world."
-Pope Francis

Paul Weisser
Paul Weisser

"Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it."
-Dwight D. Eisenhower


Zelie-Marie Hummer
Zelie-Marie Hummer

"I am not afraid. I was born to do this."
-St. Joan of Arc

Rachel Sarnowski
Rachael Sarnowski

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Elspeth Mizner
Elspeth Mizner

"Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others."
-Jack Welch


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Samm Firestone
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"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts." 
-Winston Churchill

Timothy Robbins
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"But he that is the greater among you, let him become as the younger: and he that is the leader, as he that serveth. For which is greater, he that sitteth at table or he that serveth? Is not he that sitteth at table? But I am in the midst of you, as he that serveth." 
-Luke 22:26-27

Peter Reiter
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“Do it to do it, not to have done it.” 
-Author Unknown

Kathrine Curtin
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“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” 
- Douglas MacArthur

Justin Trumbetta
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"Stay hungry. Stay foolish." 
- Steve Jobs

Mary Jane Yeckley
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"Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish."
-Sam Walton

Peter Santiago
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"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood ; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best in the end knows the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." 
- Theodore Roosevelt

Nicholas Anderson
Nicholas R Anderson
"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
- John F. Kennedy