About Us

Catholic Life Institutes are organic retreat centers run by the faithful who wish to provide their local Catholic community with retreats, group studies, Bible studies, Days of Recollection, seminars, and other Catholic devotions and activities that are faithful to the Magisterium and completely free of any New Age components.


The first institute was established by members of  the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapter of Discalced Secular Carmelites in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania at Fatima House in Bedminster, Pennsylvania. Our programs are presented by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS, an award winning Catholic journalist and staff writer for Women of Grace who is a frequent guest on EWTN. Her areas of expertise are in Carmelite prayer and spirituality, the New Age, and the occult.