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The Vita Consecrata Institute (VCI), a program of graduate level studies, centers on the theology of the consecrated life, as reflected in the mission and life of the Church. Held at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia, the VCI is an intense, yet rewarding, academic program rooted in the documents of the Second Vatican Council, and the magisterial teaching and the rich historical tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Rev. Brian Mullady, O.P. has written a series of four articles for Religious Life Magazine (and also has spoken at our 2019 Los Angeles Regional Meeting and 2019 National Meeting) on the model for religious formation.  This is based on the Program for Priestly Formation developed by the USCCB.

(Click topic title for the pdf article.)

The first article was published in our January/February 2019 issue and covered the topic of Human Formation.

The second artlcle was found in our March/April 2019 issue, on the next pillar: Spiritual Formation.

The third article in our May/June 2019 issue addressed Intellectual Formation.

Finally, our July/August 2019 issue featured the fourth pillar of Pastoral Formation.


The Institute of Catholic Culture is an adult catechetical organization, faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, and dedicated to the Church’s call for a new evangelization.

The Magdala Apostolate is an outreach project of the Institute of Catholic Culture and is dedicated to providing sound doctrinal formation—both initial and ongoing—for women religious and novices, in accord with the Church’s call for a new evangelization.

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"This valuable work written by Rev. Pier Giordano Cabra, a priest of the Congregation of the Holy Family of Nazereth, provides a quick initial introduction and a sure guide to the world of the consecrated life.

Available for purchase from here: A Short Course on the Consecrated Life: Reflections on Theology and Spirituality by Rev. Pier Giordano Cabra