The Language and Catechetical Institute 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 is forming 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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Teacher's Perspective



Being an LCI Teacher & Co-Director of Formation, I have one of the most incredible, adventurous, demanding, humbling, romantic, fulfilling, and challenging jobs in the world: I get to be the one who spends her life setting up all of the right conditions for a person to have a lived encounter with the person of Jesus Christ. My role here is all about setting up situations and lived experiences of what it means to be Catholic; it is a journeying-with students for one year, walking with them wherever they are at, and hopefully coming to see more clearly the truth about ourselves and the world we live in. And the best part?   Read More»

Christian Unity


LCI students in MariazellWhat does a Chinese priest, an Indian layman, a Ukrainian professional, a Hungarian college kid, a Lithuanian theologian, and a Russian research scientist all have in common? That was the question at the heart of our life together at LCI in Gaming, this 2013-2014 academic year. Ten students strong, and each one from such diverse fields of study, backgrounds, cultures, habits, etc. All gathered in one location for the dual purpose of learning English and formation in the Catholic Faith.  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 »