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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Responding to the Call


Christine Saah of Gaithersburg, Maryland, will be joining LCI at the end of January to begin the mission outreach program of the newly established Sts. Cyril and Methodius Center for Evangelization. Why is she coming? In her own words: “I believe God is asking more of me. I have a thirst to learn about the Faith, and want to share it. I want that to be my job, not just something I hope I can try to incorporate…I want to do more and make it my everything.” The first months will be spent at the Kartause, where Christine will be immersed in all the activities of LCI, studying theology and spirituality and learning how to teach English. She will lead short-term mission trips before being sent to Eastern Europe for a full-time, year-long mission. Thank you, Lord, for answering the prayer for more laborers for the harvest!

Special thanks to Fr. Gill and the parishioners of the Shrine of St. Jude Parish for supporting Christine!

Sts. Cyril and Methodius Center for Evangelization


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.

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