The Language & Catechetical Institute (LCI) is a one-year Catholic education and formation program for young people from the former and current Communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and China. LCI forms disciples for the New Evangelization through foundational instruction in Catholic theology and the English language, as well as personal and spiritual formation.

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English for Bishops


From September 12-26, LCI hosted 15 bishops and senior curial staff from Central and Eastern Europe at the Kartause for a special intensive English course. This course, sponsored by the USCCB’s Sub-committee for Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, included not only English lessons in the classroom, but also activities and events outside the classroom – all in English, of course – such as international dinners, sing-along’s, and a walking pilgrimage to Mariazell...

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Symposium 2015: Mission and Joy of the Gospel


Joyful pilgrims in MariazellInternationally renowned speakers, bishops and other clergy and religious, LCI alumni, benefactors, and friends gathered at the Kartause for the 2015 LCI Symposium: Mission and Joy of the Gospel. Keynote speaker Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, inspired Symposium participants with his message of God’s mercy experienced through Marian consecration... Read More» 

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Like many Russians, Yuliya Ermakovich was baptized in the Russian Orthodox Church as a child. Also like many Russians, Yuliya grew up with little practical experience or knowledge of her faith. But when she was 16, a class field trip took her to a Catholic Church. From that moment, everything changed. Read More »