About Us


The Catholic Life Institute, a 501(c)3 corporation founded by members of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapter of Discalced Secular Carmelites from Willow Grove, Pennsylvania and acting under the patronage of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, is devoted to infusing the world with the truth and splendor of the Catholic mystical tradition as revealed by the Carmelite saints and spiritual masters of the Church.

Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

Author, award-winning journalist and member of the Third Order of Discalced Carmelites, Susan is Director of Communications and New Age Research for Women of Grace® and is a frequent guest on EWTN’s Women of Grace® television and EWTN’s Women of Grace® radio show. She formerly worked as a Correspondent for the Catholic Standard & Times, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

For the last 10 years she has been the lead researcher for Women of Grace’s New Age Q&A Blog which is the largest blog of its kind in the world. The library of information now exceeds 1200 entries on everything from acupuncture and angels to wicca and yoga.

She has also authored of many books, including The Learn to Discern Compendium: Is It Christian or New Age, We Need to Talk: God Speaks to a Modern Girl, The Catholic Alternative to Mindfulness. Along with Johnnette Williams, she co-authored Young Women of Grace: Embrace Your Femininity which teaches girls ages 13+ about what it means to be authentically feminine. Susan is also the author of the courses and workbooks used by the Institute.

Teresa Zubert, OCDS

Teresa Zubert, OCDS

Teresa is a member of the Third Order of Discalced Carmelites and works at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Just as she works to keep the Lord’s house in order, she also keeps the Institute in order by handling the everyday administration.

In addition to hosting our on-line courses and conferences, she also manages the bookstore.

Teresa is responsible for selecting only the most faithful Catholic books written by reputable authors, as well as books that are featured in our courses and conferences in order to provide additional reading to interested students.

Father Kenneth Brabazon, Jr.

Father Kenneth Brabazon, Jr.

Father Ken is a native of South Philadelphia who studied at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary  and was ordained to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on May 21, 2011.

Fr. Ken has served the faithful of the Archdiocese in various capacities and has enjoyed a variety of pastoral assignments since his ordination.

He is currently serving as parochial administrator at St. Isidore parish in Quakertown and serves as the spiritual advisor for the Institute.

February 8, 2020

Mindful Like a Catholic Workshop
Fatima House, Bedminister PA 
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April 23, 2020

Authentic Femininity in a #MeToo Age
TASTE Conference
Laurel, MD

April 25, 2020

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Deaconate Wives
Topic TBD
St. Agnes Church,  Sellersville, PA

May 2, 2020

Cathlo“Get Spirit Savvy” Young Women of Grace Teen Retreat
Discernment: Abounding in Excellence
Catholic Charistmatic Center, Albuquerque, NM

August 27-29, 2019

Various Lectures on Occult
Missionaries of the New Evangelization Deliverance Training II Conference
St. Francis of Assisi Church
Castle Rock, CO

September 28, 2019

Peace of Soul: The Catholic Alternative to Mindfulness
All Saints Church
Millville, PA
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October 15, 2019

Authentic Femininity: Women’s Mission in the World
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
Doylestown, PA

October 26, 2019

Hearing God’s Voice: Discerning God’s Will for Your Life
Archdiocese of Philadelphia Women’s Conference
Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine
Doylestown, PA

November 14, 2019

The Catholic Alternative to Mindfulness
TASTE Conference
Laurel, MD

December 7, 2019

In Mary’s Footsteps: Mothers & Daughters Discover the Feminine Genius
Our Lady of the Angels Church
Cape May Courthouse, NJ


    PO Box 1173, Pottstown, PA 19464

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    PO Box 1173, Pottstown, PA 19464

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