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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LCI students reflect on Rome and Assisi

“The trip to Italy was like building a friendship – Rome was about activities and experiences. And when the friendship was established, then just being in silence in Assisi brought peace and grace.” – Jozef from Slovakia

“I liked St. Peter’s Basilica. It was my favorite.” – Sr. Cecelia from China

“Our trip to Italy was wonderful. For the first time in my life I was at the Vatican and the beautiful city of Rome. My favorite place was our Greek-Catholic Church, St. Sophia, because it is historic for my Church, my country, and my people.” – Halyna from Ukraine

“This pilgrimage gave me more understanding of the Catholic Church and holy places. After visiting Italy, I feel more alive.” – Vitaliy from Kazakhstan

“The audience with Pope Francis was awesome. Assisi was wonderful and quiet, a place for prayer.” – Besim from Kosovo

“It was incredible that we had Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, behind the baldachino. The most beautiful events in Assisi were the two sunsets – the colors of the sky were amazing!” – Peter from Hungary

“Rome was my favorite place because I visited places where the saints lived, and I saw Pope Francis.” – Irina from Kazakhstan

“I love Assisi – it’s very beautiful and peaceful. Rome has a lot of beautiful churches. The Church of the Holy Spirit was wonderful.” – Iryna from Ukraine

“I really like Rome. I was very excited when I first came to the Vatican. Rome is a city I will definitely visit a second time.” – Artsiom from Belarus

“It was my first pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi. There were so many famous places where I could pray, especially St. Peter’s Basilica.” – Fr. Peter from Ukraine

 See photos of the pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi here!

Sweet 2016


The new semester begins with LCI students returning from Christmas break! They are happy to see each other, enthusiastic about beginning lessons again, and full of anticipation for the coming semester.

Classes this semester include intensive English, catechism, theology of states of life, and drama.

One highlight will be the pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi, where the LCI students will have the chance to visit St. Peter's Basilica and walk through the Holy Door in this special Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Special prayers coming your way...!

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John was born in Shanxi, China to a Christian family. Both his great-uncle and uncle are Catholic priests, and his grandfather was a teacher of the Faith for their community. Though his early youth was surrounded by a life of Faith, it wasn't until 2005 that Johnhad a special experience that converted his heart in a deep, personal way. Read More »