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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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...!

Joy Around the World!


Joy Around the World!

How beautiful to see the universality of the language of God's love: across Europe, Russia, and China, the birth of our Lord is celebrated with the same joy! 
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