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.

The VCI consists of 2 two-week sessions and is ideal for priests, religious and other consecrated persons wishing to pursue further academic studies, those interested in a sabbatical, religious in formation, and those preparing for perpetual vows. This program is designed to assist all participants grow in a deeper understanding and appreciation of the consecrated life as "a gift of the Father to His Church through the Holy Spirit" (VC, no.1).

You can listen to past VCI courses online!

Past audio recordings of the courses (2002-Present) are available for purchase as MP3 file downloads. The courses are typically 10 or 20 one-hour lectures, with each lecture being a separate MP3 download. Each course is priced at US $20.00 regardless of length. Click here for a list of available courses (current through Summer 2018).

Click here to pay online using the shopping cart. When you order, be sure to identify the course you want using the "Special Instructions or Order Comments" area.

Please call the IRL office at 847-573-8975 if you have any questions.

(Summer 2018 Session II attendees shown.  The total of 130 between both sessions was the largest in the 22 year history of the program!)


Please consider joining us for the next VCI!


Here is what two of the participants said about their experience:

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 -- it is 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."

I have never had such a profound, educational, and enjoyable experience in a classroom.

From Fr. Thomas Nelson, O.Praem., the IRL National Director:

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."