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.

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

Meet Our BLS Students

Aileen Keating
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"Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence." 
-Harvard Business School

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

Cassaundra Trudel
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"Therefore when you do merciful deeds, don’t sound a trumpet before yourself, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may get glory from men. Most certainly I tell you, they have received their reward."
- Matthew 6:2

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

Elizabeth Wager
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"Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation."
- William Arthur Wood

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

Gina McKlveen
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"In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders."
- Sheryl Sandburgh

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

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

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
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"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
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“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

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

Samuel Geer
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"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

Olivia Galia
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“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him. But of a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves.” 
– Lao-Tzu

William Kohler
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"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” 
- Warren Bennis

Allexsi Engleka
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“The happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others." 
- Gordon B. Hinckley

Colleen Croarkin
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“Often in life we are not in control of what happens, and must learn to adapt. Limitations cause us to use our own skills and knowledge, to navigate such situations. The ways in which we approach and deal with not only challenges, but also how we except blessings, are what make us leaders.” 
- Colleen Croarkin

DJ Hough
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“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

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


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

David Kuhar
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"Life's like a movie, write your own ending." 
-Kermit the frog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jamie Sherry
Jamie Sherry

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

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

Grace Harris
Grace Harris

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

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

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

Kate Palko
Kate Palko

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

Michael Navarro
Michael Navarro

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

Zelie-Marie Hummer
Zelie-Marie Hummer

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

Kaylee Gojkovich
Kaylee Gojkovich

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.”
-Ken Blanchard

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


Grace Lingerfelt
Grace Lingerfelt

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”
-Nelson Mandela

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


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