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 Legacy of St. John Paul II: A Symposium


Coinciding with the visit of bishops and Church leaders from 14 countries of Central and Eastern Europe, and in collaboration with Franciscan University of Steubenville, LCI is hosting a Symposium on the life and works of St. John Paul II on September 13. The keynote speaker is Hanna Suchocka, former Prime Minister of Poland, and other featured speakers are UK-based journalist Joanna Bogle and Dr. William Newton. The Symposium offers the opportunity to reflect, discuss, and deepen our understanding of the great legacy which St. John Paul II has given the Church in all areas: politics, family and faith. Read more and register»

15 for the New Evangelization


A little bit means a lot!

OlgaDid you know that the majority of donations to LCI are small donations between $2.00 and $100.00? You really make a difference whenever you make a contribution, whatever the amount! Added together, small donations cover the costs for an LCI student to come to the Kartause for two semesters for a life-changing experience. Your gift then pays back for a lifetime as the LCI graduates do the work of rebuilding the Church in their home countries.

Make a donation now to help LCI begin the new semester! Help us reach our goal of $15,000 in small donations – give just $15 for the New Evangelization and make all the difference in the world for one more LCI student to come to the Kartause!

Thank you to all who have already supported LCI’s mission, and keeping you in prayer,

Jenny and the LCI team

P.S. Vladimir from Moldova recently wrote to me that what he received at LCI cannot be measured in coins, and now he is one of several graduates who are giving back as LCI donors!

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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 »