2017 Vita Consecrata Institute

 

2017 Summer Program of Theological Studies 
pdf To Download PDF of 2017 VCI Brochure Click Here (756 KB)

To Register
For more information and to register online for the summer program, go to the Christendom College website or call the Graduate School at 703-658-4304.

First-time students should begin by contacting the IRL at 847-573-8975, or email the IRL staff: anne(@)religiouslife.com. If you are a first-time VCI participant, in addition to registering with the Graduate School of Christendom College, please submit to the Institute on Religious Life the following three items:

Letter of recommendation/permission from your religious superior or ordinary stating: (a) express permission for you to attend; and (b) how he or she foresees you may personally benefit from the program and how it might enrich your community.Brief history of your vocation (2-3 paragraphs on a separate sheet of paper). Brief summary of your educational background and/or ministerial experience (2-3 paragraphs on a separate sheet of paper).

Now Available - VCI Courses for Purchase on CD and in MP3 Format!
The IRL has produced the audio of several past courses CD sets and in MP3 format. A twenty-lecture course is typically twenty CDs or two MP3 discs. pdf Click here for a list of available courses. (44 KB) Call the IRL office at 847-573-8975 for more information.

Joint effort of IRL and Christendom Graduate School
The Vita Consecrata Institute is a joint effort by the IRL and the Graduate School of Christendom College. The summer VCI is held at the beautiful Christendom campus in Front Royal, Virginia.

 

For "All Stages of Formation"
Don't miss out on the next VCI. It has life-transforming potential. Consider what one participant said recently: "I would recommend this program to all religious in all stages of formation... Not only because of the exceptional instructors and subject matter, but moreover because of the spirit in which the program is run... that Spirit of contemplation which draws us together as one community, not merely many different religious institutes, but one large institute of religious communities... as one community of God."

Another participant simply said "I have never had such a profound, educational and enjoy-able experience in a classroom."

Awakening of Renewed Fervor
"The Vita Consecrata Institute can benefit any priest, religious or consecrated person. Not only does it provide opportunity for graduate
credit, but its greatest benefit is the awakening of renewed fervor to the grace of one's vocation. It is a program to which even novice
directors will want to bring their novices. The coming together of many religious of various congregations adds to the richness of the experience."

— Fr. Thomas Nelson, O.Praem., IRL National Director

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Vocation Blog

A blog about vocations to the consecrated life.
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