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


In September LCI had the distinct honor of hosting over twenty-four priests and bishops from Central and Eastern Europe as a part of the Bishops’ English Language Course. We would like to thank in a particular way all of the student participants, volunteers, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for making this course a reality. All of us here at the LCI look forward to hosting the Bishops’ Course again next year. 

The Course consisted of two, two-week sessions with students from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Czech Republic, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo...Read more

Meet Monika


Monika is an LCI student from Bosnia-Herzegovina. She is a great joy to be with  she is always smiling, and laughs when she speaks. Monika is rather quiet, but as the LCI teachers soon discovered, she has within her a vibrant faith, a giving nature, and great desire to know the Truth. She excels in her schoolwork, and thrives on challenges. She is one of those students who sees her studies as a great gift, and so always tries her best. Monika was born during the War period in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and so shortly after her birth, she was baptized by her mother (who was afraid of the bombs, afraid that there would be no time to call for a priest). She grew up in a wholesome household, and encouraged by her family, began studying catechetics. Read more

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When Artur Bubnevich left LCI, he knew he wanted to help rebuild the Church in his homeland. What he didn’t know was that he would be doing that literally. Over the past six years, as special projects coordinator for the Greek Catholic Eparchy of Mukachevo in Ukraine, Artur has singlehandedly overseen the construction of nearly 160 parishes and 25 parish houses.  Read More »