Spirit of Ryan


The Spirit of Ryan Awards are given annually to individuals for their contribution, dedication, leadership, or service to the school, community, Catholic church, or society. Honorees could include faculty or staff members, business leaders, community leaders, alumni, volunteers and/or loyal donors. Individuals must reflect the values of the mission of Archbishop Ryan High School which is to empower a diverse student body to become contributing members of the Church and society. Recipients will demonstrate the values of an Archbishop Ryan graduate: 

Live and practice our Catholic Christian faith. 
Demonstrate personal integrity, moral behaviors, and respect for others. 
Exercise leadership and service in religious, civic, personal, and professional activities. 
Demonstrate a positive sense of self and a life-long commitment to personal growth.

Beginning in 2022 the following awards, all considered part of the Spirit of Ryan Award Program, may be granted to honorees who are selected by a committee consisting of 4 members of the Archbishop Ryan Administrative Staff and 3 prior honorees who will be rotated each year:

Father Rene Barczak Award will be given to an individual for the outstanding leadership, commitment, and service to the success of Archbishop Ryan. (No more than one per year) 
Spirit of Ryan Award will be given for: 
Voluntary Services:  individuals for their outstanding voluntary services to Ryan through their work on alumni programs, on advisory committees, activities, and other efforts made to ensure to the advancement of the mission of Archbishop Ryan. (No more than one female and one male in a year). 
Community Leadership:  alumni who has been a leader in the community and demonstrated the values that Archbishop Ryan had bestowed upon them by serving in a religious, civic, personal, or professional roles or activities. (No more than one female and one male per year)
Faculty/Staff:  a faculty or staff member, past or present, that has demonstrated and lead by example the values of Archbishop Ryan mission specifically to challenge students to become the leaders through a comprehensive academic curriculum rooted in excellence. (No more than one per year) 
In Vite Mane Award is given to one female and one male student (senior)/recent graduate who has live up to the graduate profile to be balanced Spiritually, Morally, Spirit of Ryan 2 Intellectually, Socially, and Physically. Honorees will be picked in the spring so the award will be announced at graduation and then recognized at the awards ceremony in the fall.


If you have any questions, please contact Ed Hughes '79 at 215-637-1800 x7038 or [email protected]

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2022 Spirit of Ryan Award Ceremony photos courtesy of Lisa Varley Photography