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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The Power of Beauty: LCI Art Exhibition


It has been said that “beauty is the face of truth.” When all the arguments of reason fail, beauty never fails to attract. It is a common meeting point, the common home, of the human race. It has the power to lift our minds to the transcendent, the other-worldly, and therefore ennoble and inspire our day-to-day lives. It helps us perceive more clearly the truth about reality, and to distill the essential elements of life.  This is in part why art has been so essential to culture…  Read More»

Urgency of the Message


urgentIn a certain translation of the Gospel of Mark, in chapter one, the word “immediate” (or “immediately”) appears nine times! Nine times in one chapter. This word presses a sense of urgency, excitement, anticipation. Of what? Mark 1 begins with the story of the first evangelizer, the first public witness to Christ: John the Baptist. “Behold the Lamb of God!” this voice from the wilderness cries.  With this proclamation, this forerunner, Christ begins His public ministry (beginning with His Baptism by John) and works many great miracles, healing and casting out demons.  Read More»

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Growing up in rural China, Julia never had the opportunity to meet a Christian. Choosing English as her major in college changed that. Several of her classes were taught by Catholic teachers from the United States. There was something different about her American teachers, and she decided it must be their faith. Read More »