All Hallows College in Dublin was the site of the 21st annual International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference. DSC02361

The four-day event drew 350 academics and corporate leaders from 90 countries, who explored the conference theme: The Impact of Business Ethics on Public Life.

Br. Leo V. Ryan was the lone Viatorian in attendance, but he held a place of honor. Br. Leo was honored as a founder of the ethics conference, which began in 1993 as a joint effort between DePaul, Niagra and St. John’s universities, all Vincentian institutions.

Over the last 20 years, the ethics conference has rotated between the three American universities. This year’s edition in Dublin was the first time it was held in Europe.All Hallows College Seal

Br. Leo is the former dean of the College of Business at DePaul, where in 1985 he developed the Center for Business Ethics, now the Center for Professional and Business Ethics.

He received the All Hallows Seal and Missionary Cross from Fr. Patrick McDevitt, CM, president of All Hallows College and a former associate professor in DePaul’s College of Education.

“All Hallows sees ethical leadership and social responsibility as critical components for today’s professional and leader,” said Fr. Patrick McDevitt, CM, president. “Throughout all our academic programs and the way we conduct internal and external business, the principles of ethical leadership and social responsibility are fundamental to the All Hallows’ mission and ethos.”