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Are you tired of New Age-infested retreat centers, watered down Catholicism, and programs offering Eastern meditation techniques instead of authentic Christian contemplation. If so, the new Catholic Life Institute is the place for you!


The Institute was founded by members of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapter of Discalced Secular Carmelites from Willow Grove, Pennsylvania to introduce Carmelite spirituality and authentic Catholic contemplation to the faithful. Our programs include courses on Teresian prayer, the interior life, the Little Way of Spiritual Childhood as taught by St. Therese of Lisieux, and spiritual warfare. These courses are currently available for individuals and groups (parish or private) via Zoom video conferencing with more options under development for the near future.

Our programs are presented by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS, an award-winning Catholic journalist who serves as the Director of Communications and New Age research for Women of Grace. Susan is the author of several books and is a frequent guest on EWTN.  Her areas of expertise are in Carmelite prayer and spirituality, the New Age, and the occult.

The Catholic Life Institute Press is our newest addition and is used to publish our workbooks and other publications. In addition to our own books, the Institute also provides a wide collection of Church-approved Catholic books at discounted prices.

Our courses, books, retreats, and seminars are faithful to the Magisterium and completely free of New Age components.

Please bear with us as we undergo this "growing stage" and work to update our website!