The Saint John Leadership Institute Experience

"At the Saint John Leadership Institute, everything is about formation. But at SJLI, formation is not just an intellectual proposition -- it is a way of life. Our days are structured by the monastic prayer schedule of the Brothers of St. John who host us in their Chapel. They flow from prayer into study and work on our business and professional skills. Together with classes in theology, retreats, cultural outings, and guest speakers, the personal work of the students forms the context for authentic community living with like-minded peers. And this community of disciples of the Lord, in turn, radiates into the vibrant surrounding culture of the thriving city of Denver, Colorado. From beginning to end, the SJLI experience provides a rich and fertile soil for the great ideas and the gritty daring that characterizes the leaders of the third millennium. Coming to SJLI, a future leader will find themselves given all of the possibilities they need in order to impact their culture and world with the power and freshness of Gospel-infused inspiration. But, nothing will replace hard work. A success that comes easily is a success that will betray. For this reason, the SJLI student is as much a partner in shaping his or her experience as they are a recipient of it. We want to teach daring by encouraging our students to implement it. Many circumstances in our experience are challenging. But, we choose to make these challenges part of the formation of leaders who will meet the challenges of their future with the same spirit and innovation with which they are formed at our Leadership Institute. "

COMMUNITY

A leadership that is limited to the professional world is a leadership that is inadequate to shape the professional world. In order to bring a fully human and inspiring ethical leadership to the workplace, the principles of leadership need to be formed in the deeper and more challenging context of community. Our SJLI students (called Missionary Innovators), learn to shape their professional drive and vision in the context of community living, allowing all that they learn here to guide the leadership of their future families as much as their future careers. For this reason, students set their own calendar of events and community schedule. And, together with our Community Coordinator, work on resolving differences and enhancing their skills in group dynamics. At SJLI, community is more than context; community is a place where their leadership becomes real. Our students pray together, celebrate milestones together, support one another in trials, and inspire one another on the path to holiness. At the same time, we respect your independence. Adequate time and freedom is given for the personal pursuits of each and the ability to take advantage of the many social and cultural opportunities of life in Denver, Colorado.

FATIMA HOUSE (Innovator Residence)

The 9 rooms of our newly-built Fatima House form the perfect setting for our Missionary Innovators, our guests, and people looking for a time of retreat with us. Comfortable, contemporary, and fully-equipped, this house provides all that is needed for anyone visiting or studying at the Saint John Leadership Institute to make the most of their experience. Students enjoy their own rooms on gender-specific floors, complete with access to internet streaming and snack bar.

CLASSROOM

Everything at the Saint John Leadership Institute is designed with a view to innovation -- even our classroom. With space for study, leisure, and public gatherings, our unique student facility provides the flexible environment students need to gain the most from their experience. In addition, the space has been designed with a view to live streaming and video recording -- allowing the students the ability to use their space to advance their ideas and careers.

STUDIO

Fully equipped with cameras, backgrounds, microphones and lights, our recording studio forms a valuable and unique asset for our students. While student access is limited, our Missionary Innovators still have the ability to interact with and learn various elements of the creation of video content -- a very important skill in our increasingly digital age. More importantly, this is where we produce footage of our Missionary Innovators' experiences in formation during their time at SJLI.

CHAPEL

We are blessed to have a chapel at the Saint John Leadership Institute where we have daily prayer, adoration and Mass.  Created in order to give our students a strong sense of Catholic tradition and the power of the transcendent, our time in the chapel renews and enhances the drive and innovation necessary to transform the marketplace and modern culture. Our chapel space today is in transition with the relocation of the Coptic Orthodox Church who owned the building before us, and we are currently renovating the space.

Outdoor Experiences

Nothing forms character like challenge. At the Saint John Leadership Institute, challenge is not something we avoid; it is we embrace and seek out. That is why we start our formation in the mountains. Together with COR Expeditions at Wyoming Catholic College, our Missionary Innovators rise meet the challenge of a 21-day backpacking trip as an essential aspect of their leadership formation. The endless vistas of the mountains serve to open the souls of our Innovators to their own immense potential. The pure power of the coursing rivers and the fierce flashes of towering thunderstorms join with the gentle grandeur of the prairies and soft colors of mountain Aspens to form a kind of natural school where the leaders of tomorrow come into contact with the inspiration that makes cities rise for the dust and families grow. Our student leaders are no stranger to challenge. Our student leaders let challenge point their way to the future.

OUTDOOR OPPORTUNITIES

Eagle Eye Ministries, our sister program, has been leading outdoor expeditions for eight years. From locations like Hawaii and Iceland to mountain huts and sea kayaks, Eagle Eye Expeditions offer young adults the opportunity to join adventure with holiness and formation in their Catholic Faith. They also form a perfect opportunity for the Saint John Missionary Innovator to continue to experience the power of the natural world to inspire them and unite them with their friends and God. In addition, with a campus just 20 minutes from the foothills of the Rockies, our Missionary Innovators are given ample opportunities for hikes and expeditions of their own, either alone or with their friends.

21-DAY HIKE

A key moment in the formation of our Missionary Innovators comes on the 21-day backpacking trip that marks the beginning of the formation. Just a few days after arriving on campus, each new cohort of students packs the van and drives to the campus of Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyoming where they are met by the missionary wilderness instructors of COR Expeditions for a three-day long training in basic wilderness first aid and survival skills. Next, with COR’s help, our students pack their bags and begin a three week trek over 100 miles of pristine wilderness in the Wind River Mountains of Central Wyoming.

This 21-day hike is broken into three weeks of formation, with days marked by the celebration of Holy Mass, Adoration, and the singing of the Divine Office. Classes in leadership are offered on a daily basis by the COR Missionaries, along with opportunities for the SJLI students to learn leadership by leading the day’s activities for their group, and helping the group navigate through the wilderness.Our hike is designed to help our students hear the voice of God in their lives, create bonds of friendship with each other, and learn to meet the challenges of life with greater confidence. By the end of the experience, fear has been transformed into confidence; inexperience into wisdom; and challenge into a success.

So... is SJLI right for me?

At the Saint John Leadership Institute, everything is about formation. But, at SJLI, formation is not just an intellectual proposition -- it is a way of life. Our days are structured by the monastic prayer schedule of the Brothers of St. John who host us in their Chapel. They flow from prayer into study and work on our business and professional skills. Together with classes in theology, retreats, cultural outings, and guest speakers, the personal work of the students forms the context for authentic community living with like-minded peers. And this community of disciples of the Lord, in turn, radiates into the vibrant surrounding culture of the thriving city of Denver, Colorado. From beginning to end, the SJLI experience provides a rich and fertile soil for the great ideas and the gritty daring that characterizes the leaders of the third millennium. Coming to SJLI, a future leader will find themselves given all of the possibilities they need in order to impact their culture and world with the power and freshness of Gospel-infused inspiration. But, nothing will replace hard work. A success that comes easily is a success that will betray. For this reason, the SJLI student is as much a partner in shaping his or her experience as they are a recipient of it. We want to teach daring by encouraging our students to implement it. Many circumstances in our experience are challenging. But, we choose to make these challenges part of the formation of leaders who will meet the challenges of their future with the same spirit and innovation with which they are formed at our Leadership Institute.

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Commonly Asked Questions

Although success is ultimately up to you, SJLI provides access to many people who can help you succeed. You will choose a professional advisor to accompany you. Other resources:

  • Mentoring
  • Coaching
  • Board of advisors
  • Supportive cohort/community
  • Networking
  • Apostolates in region
  • SJI network
  • Denver based professional networks
  • Location
  • Denver is a hub for innovative Catholics and apostolates
  • 6:15am – 7:00am Morning Prayer
  • 7:30am – 11:30am Study/Personal Time
  • 11:30am – 12:15pm Holy Mass
  • 12:15pm – 4:30pm Study/Personal Time
  • 4:30pm – 5:00pm Vespers
  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm Holy Hour
  • 6:00pm* Personal Time
  • *Occasional AUDEO evening class 7-8pm

Should you choose to follow SJLI’s Masters Track, all your academic coursework will be offered online by the university of your choice. Outside of your online academics, live Theology and Philosophy classes will be conducted by the Brothers of St. John (3hrs/week). These live classes will be offered to all SJLI participants.

Program Fee Breakdown

SJLI Program Fee: $10,000 / Year Includes

  • Spiritual Formation
  • Theological Formation
  • Retreats
  • Personal Development Coaching
  • Professional Development Electives
  • Professional Leadership Advising
  • Community living and cultural development
  • The SJLI AUDEO™ Leadership Classes
  • Development of a Life Vision Plan

 

Housing Plan: $7,500 / Year

  • Includes housing and food allowance (optional)

 

Financial Leadership Seminar: $4,000 (One-time cost–required for admission to SJLI)

  • Professional Fundraising Training
  • 21-day Outdoor Leadership Course

 

University Tuition (if in Masters Program)

  • Cost is dependent on student’s choice
  • 50% tuition discount through Walsh University (partner)

 

Scholarships and work study programs are limited, but are possible. SJLI will meet with potential missionary innovators to determine options.

The Saint John Leadership Institute provides our participants professional training and support in fundraising up to all of their tuition and program costs. Experience in successful fundraising builds invaluable skills for anyone going into for profit or nonprofit industries. While we certainly encourage all our participants to fully engage in fundraising their mission here at the SJLI, we do not require them to.

Yes, housing is provided at the Fatima House on campus for all our participants, unless you are married. In that case, there are plenty of houses available to rent in the neighborhood that are within walking distance of SJLI.

No, you do not need to be Catholic to attend. All faiths are welcome! That said, the program is strongly based in the Catholic tradition and all students are expected to participate in all aspects of the formation.

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