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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Thanks to the support of the Koch Foundation and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, LCI is expanding its outreach beginning this fall. Through a newly founded Sts. Cyril and Methodius Center for Evangelization, LCI will host conferences, seminars, icon courses, retreats, and a mission outreach program. The aim of the Center is to re-evangelize the secularized countries of Eastern and Central Europe and to prepare seminarians, priests, and lay men and women for missionary work. Fr. Joseph Veresh an LCI alumnus of Mukachevo, Ukraine, will head up the new initiative.
Beginning in January 2017, LCI will begin a full-time mission outreach program for young Catholics from the USA. The program will consist of a semester of spiritual and theological formation, language training, and practical experience at the Kartause in Gaming, Austria, followed by a year-long mission in Eastern Europe.
At the end of her final semester with LCI, Teresa Hess reflects on gratitude for her past three years in Gaming.
Gratitude is defined not only as the quality of being thankful, but the readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. This perfectly describes my feeling after the past three years working with the LCI: complete thankfulness to those who make LCI a reality and wanting to truly express my appreciation. The most common question I receive when I explain what LCI is and my role in it is, “Wait, how is that possible?” The answer is simple: by the constant time and energy of prayer warriors, generous donors, brave students, and inspiring teachers. Our mission, to rebuild the Church by our personal conversion and ministry to others, only begins in Gaming. Whether you live in Texas or Kazakhstan, your daily sacrifices, prayers, and support are directly influencing our mission and building the body of Christ. It has directly and continues to change the lives of hundreds of students who have become leader in their faith communities. I have had the privilege to be a part of so many of their journeys, and for that I am eternally grateful. Know of my love and prayers for you always.
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