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Ordination 2014

Dear Friend,

            Have you ever wondered why we use the word “father” when addressing a priest?

            We have become so used to it that it functions more or less like “doctor” or “professor.” But that’s a shame. For while those titles name a function or designate a degree, “father” names a whole way of being in the world.

            A father is someone who gives life, and that is exactly what a priest is and does.  A priest gives life in the spiritual order and this is intimately tied to the sacraments. 

            In Baptism, he gives spiritual life.  In the Sacrament of Reconciliation he is the agent by which that life is restored and in the Eucharist he nourishes it.  Through Marriage he focuses it vocationally and in the Sacrament of the Sick, he heals it and orders it to its transcendent fulfillment.   

This month, 30 of our seminarians were ordained to the priesthood.  Today these newly ordained are excitedly looking forward to serving in their new parishes.  And while their official training is at an end, their life training as spiritual fathers is just beginning. 

Everyone to whom the priest is sent becomes that priest’s children, even though they might be far older and more experienced than the priest.  I’ll never forget how strange and humbling it was when men and women in their eighties would call me “father” when I was first ordained, or when they would say, from behind the confessional screen, “bless me, father.” Who was I to be their father? Yet I was, and they knew it.

Good fathers are always present to their children.  They don’t miss their kids’ games, graduations, concerts, etc. A case in point: I distinctly remember when I was in high school as a second-stringer on the Benet Academy basketball team, my father came to an away game on a wintry night.  He was one of six parents in the stands even though I didn’t play in that game.

Spiritual fathers are also there for their children. Cardinal Meyer called this “the ministry of presence.” It takes a thousand forms:  standing out in front of Mass, going to wakes and funerals, visiting the sick, going to kids’ games and concerts.

Talk to men who have become fathers in the biological sense, and they will speak of a profound and abiding change, a change that affects them at all levels of their being. They are now all about their children in such a way that their own egos take second place. They will die for their children. I had no doubt about this in regard to my own father. None.

Spiritual fathers are also all about their children. They worry about them; care for them; grieve with them; bind up their spiritual wounds; celebrate with them; feed and nourish them; defend and protect them; educate them; give them a sense of self-esteem, and then form them for mission. At the limit, they dedicate their lives to them.

Next year over 200 seminarians will be living and studying on our campus.  Seventy-five are preparing for the Archdiocese of Chicago, and the others are studying for 31 dioceses in the United States and across the world.  Your support of Mundelein Seminary will help these men answer their calling and prepare to be spiritual fathers for you, your children and your grandchildren.

Our Catholic Church needs good priests, spiritual fathers who will dedicate their lives to us.  Your support and your prayers enable our seminarians to reach their goal of ordination and, most especially, their goal of service and Sacramental ministry to God’s people, the Church.  Please give a generous donation today.

Be assured that our seminary community prays each day for the intentions and needs of our benefactors.  I ask your prayers for these seminarians and those entrusted with their education and training.  I thank God for you who so generously support our future priests and spiritual fathers by supporting and sustaining this great seminary.


                                                                        God bless you,


                                                                        Very Reverend Robert Barron


P.S.  I have enclosed a note of thanks from one of our newly ordained priests.  Please read it to see how important your support was to him.  Thank you.


From Jamie Mueller, Ordination Class of 2014

Dear Friend of Mundelein Seminary,

 As I approach ordination to the priesthood, many have asked me if I am nervous.  Naturally, I am a little nervous, but I can honestly respond to people that, more than nervous, I can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude.

  I find myself grateful to God who had given me everything and now offers me more; grateful to my family and friends who have loved and supported me all this time; and grateful to the Church, the Archdiocese of Chicago, and especially Mundelein Seminary that has made my formation and training for the priesthood a reality. 

 As I get ready to leave the seminary, I find myself more and more grateful, not only for the beauty of the architecture and the grounds, but also for the amazing spiritual, human, pastoral, and academic formation and training that I have received. 

 I am obviously biased, but I would argue that Mundelein is the best seminary.  We have been so blessed with an amazing faculty, who not only teach with their words, but also their daily actions, and who devote their lives to forming good and holy priests for the good of the Church and the world. 

 Thanks to so many generous benefactors, we have also been blessed with so many once-in-a-lifetime and life-changing opportunities, such as mission trips to Third World countries, studying in the Holy Land, renowned visiting professors, studying Spanish abroad, and so much more.  To everyone who had made these things possible, thank you so much and please know you will always be in our hearts and prayers. 

 I’ll end just by saying again that as I approach priesthood, I am so blessed to say that I do so with a joyful and grateful heart.  I entered the seminary wanting to give my life and realize now, at the point of leaving, that I have received so much more in return.  Truly God cannot be outdone in generosity.  Endless thanks to you who have made this possible and blessed be God, who in His mercy, has done great things for me.

Gratefully yours,


Jamie Mueller


By Mail, Phone, EFT or Wire Transfer

Send it by mail: When making a gift by check, please remember to indicate your gift’s purpose on the memo line. Checks should be payable to Mundelein Seminary and mailed to:

Gift Processing Department
Mundelein Seminary
PO Box 810
Mundelein, IL 60060--0810

Give us a ring: Call 847-970-4816 to provide your credit card information over the phone. When you call, you’ll hear a real-live human voice on the other end, we promise.

Set up an electronic funds transfer. Just download and complete this form, sign and mail it to the address above. 

Donate via wire transfer. Please contact Harve Schlachter at 847-970-4952 or for additional information.

Planned Giving

Endowed Funds

An endowed fund can make your influence last for generations. These funds can support students, faculty, programs or building maintenance in perpetuity or over an extended period of time, depending on your specifications.

When you endow a fund, you may name it after yourself, or you may name it to honor and pay tribute to mentors or loved ones.

You may establish an endowed fund in several ways:

  • Donating cash — online or otherwise;
  • Donating securities;
  • Creating a planned gift such as an annuity, charitable remainder trust or by making a bequest in your will;
  • A combination of these options.

Generally, three types of gifts are invested as endowed funds:

True endowed funds are created when a donor instructs Mundelein Seminary to invest a gift to generate spendable resources in perpetuity to fulfill the donor’s intent. The gift is invested within a pool of similar funds, with the objective to generate as much spendable income as possible for the university’s benefit, now and in the future.

Pending endowed funds
You can establish an endowed fund over a period of time, usually in five years, if this time is needed to achieve the minimum funding level for a new endowed fund.

We would be happy to answer your questions about establishing an endowed fund. Please contact the development staff member in your area of interest with your questions.

Matching Gifts

You can maximize your charitable contribution to Mundelein Seminary through a special benefit many companies offer their employees: the matching gift program.

Through matching gift programs, many companies allow employees the opportunity to multiply the impact of their personal contributions. If your company sponsors a matching gift program, you can easily increase the impact your gift will have on seminarians, faculty, and programs at Mundelein Seminary. Most participating companies will match employee gifts dollar for dollar. Some will even double- or triple-match a gift.

Arrange a match. It’s easy.

Thank you for your support of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.

Questions? Please contact:

Linda Krauth
Donor Relations Supervisor
(847) 970-4816

Gifts of Securities

Your gift of appreciated marketable stocks or mutual fund shares provides significant support for the Mundelein Seminary program of your choice. It also may offer you important tax benefits.

Rather than selling your appreciated securities and donating the proceeds, consider transferring them to Mundelein Seminary. This is likely to increase the value of your gift because you will not incur sales expenses and your transfer will not generate a taxable capital gain.

If your securities have decreased in value since you acquired them, it may be to your advantage to sell them, report the capital loss deduction and donate the proceeds.

If you hold highly appreciated but low-yield stocks, consider using them to fund a charitable remainder trust or a charitable gift annuity at Mundelein Seminary. We can convert the stocks to income investments and provide you with a long-term income stream while minimizing your taxable capital gains. For more information on how a gift of real estate might work for you, please contact the Office of Planned Giving.

To make your gift, and to ensure that you receive proper acknowledgement and documentation, please refer to our detailed instructions on transferring the following types of assets:

  • Securities held by a bank or broker
  • Stock certificates you hold
  • Mutual fund shares

DTC Number: 771

Account Number: 156-16135-1-2
Taxpayer ID Number: 36-2170826 - Archdiocese of Chicago

Our Broker: William Blair & Company
(312) 364-8239

Fax: (312) 577-0658
Attn: Cliff Kalish

Please telephone our office if your client is transferring shares to University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. We need to know the name and numbers of shares being transferred.

We recommend that you consult your tax advisor for more information regarding the gift tax and income tax results of such gifts as they apply to your specific situation. (Mundelein Seminary does not provide donors with individual tax advice.)

If you have questions, please contact Harve Schlachter, Director of Planned Giving, at 847-970-4952, or

USML Employee Payroll Deduction

If you’re on the faculty or staff at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, you can support the university by having gifts deducted from your paycheck. Give to your own department, or direct your donation elsewhere at USML.

Even a small amount deducted from each check builds up over time and can eventually provide a substantial gift for the university.

Donations to USML are tax deductible under Section 170 (b) of the Internal Revenue Code and qualify for the maximum tax benefits available for charitable giving under federal income, estate and gift tax laws.

To sign up for payroll deduction, contact the Business Office.

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