The Benedictine Leadership Institute

Today more than ever, the world needs leaders, problem solvers, and critical thinkers who lead with both their heart and their mind, and know what it means to make a difference in the lives of others. We all have the potential to serve the world and transform lives, organizations, and communities, and at Mount Marty University, we believe it is our responsibility to foster that service and leadership by providing both students and professionals a unique experience that can't be found anywhere else.


The Benedictine Leadership Institute (BLI) helps our students dive deeper into who they are and examine how they want to impact the world. Each year, as part of Mount Marty's course curriculum, BLI takes our freshman and sophomore students on a transformational trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota or the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.


Dr. Larry Chapp is a retired professor of theology. He taught for 20 years at DeSales University near Allentown, Pennsylvania. In 2013, he and his wife opened the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Farm in Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Chapp received his doctorate from Fordham University in 1994 with a specialization in the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar. An author of many articles and books, he is also the founder and chief author for the blog, Gaudium et Spes 22. He is originally from Lincoln, Nebraska.


Hannah Steffen
Nursing Student

“BLI is this amazing organization that helps us look at ourselves as people and realize the purpose that we’re put on earth for.”