Program Overview

Catholic Faith and English Language

spiritual formation

Program Overview

For the past 20 years, LCI has welcomed Catholic students from the East to Gaming, Austria. There, living and studying alongside American students from Franciscan University, they are immersed in the study of the Catholic Faith and the English language, as well as Catholic life and culture.

Over the course of two semesters, LCI prepares students by providing:

  • Practical English-language training;
  • Basic theology and catechesis;
  • Formation in the spiritual life through prayer, Scripture study, Adoration, and other devotions;
  • Bridge-building opportunities between the cultures and spiritualities of the East and the West through shared experience of Christian community life and the celebration of both the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Divine Liturgy;

    To recruit students, LCI works directly with the Bishops’ Offices in Eastern Europe and beyond. Based on the needs of the dioceses, bishops will recommend and request scholarships for candidates to attend LCI for various reasons. There are three basic student profiles:

    1. A priest, seminarian or religious sister who needs English training to work effectively in the diocese.
    2. A young Catholic who shows leadership potential and a desire to work for the New Evangelization.
    3. A young Catholic, perhaps newly baptized, from a post-atheist culture who has never had the opportunity to learn about the Faith.

Student Profiles


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 »