Leaders of the Joliet Diocese paused during one of their regular Finance Council meetings to recognize one of their own: Br. Leo Ryan, CSV.
Br. Leo Ryan has served on the council from 2007 to 2015, including three years as its board chair. The role was an important one, as the Joliet Diocese serves more than 187,000 Catholic households in its seven counties and 130 parishes and missions. Among those are five parishes in Bourbonnais and Kankakee run by Viatorians, whose service to the diocese goes back 150 years.
Bishop R. Daniel Conlon was on hand to recognize Br. Leo for his valued service, along with Bishop Joseph Siegel, auxiliary bishop of Joliet, and John Janicik, current chair of the Finance Council, and Mike Bava, chief financial officer of the diocese.
Br. Leo has led the business schools at the University of Notre Dame and Marquette University, before serving as dean of DePaul University’s College of Commerce — known today as the Driehaus College of Business — from 1980-1988.
He continued to serve as a professor of management until 1999, before retiring to spend more time with his writing and consulting on matters of finance.
Congratulations, Br. Leo!