The Opening Retreats for the incoming Lay Leadership and Lay Ecclesial Ministry cohorts will take place from 6pm, Friday, August 22 through 12pm, Sunday, August 24 at the USML Conference Center. For details contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-837-4550.
Due to the Installation of Archbishop-Elect Blase J. Cupich, Mundelein Seminary has had to cancel a luncheon lecture by Dr. Matthew Levering at the University Club of Chicago schduled for November 18th, 2014. We are sorry for this change of plans. However, please mark your calendars for March 10, 2015 when Dr. Scott Hahn will be delivering a luncheon lecture at the University Club of Chicago.
9.9.14 | Mundelein Seminary Lecture Series: Very Rev. Robert Barron, Rector of Mundelein Seminary
Lecture Title: "The Meeting of Heaven and Earth: A Theology of the Temple"
On September 9th, 2014, 11:30 AM, Mundelein Seminary will be hosting the first lecture of its series at the University Club of Chicago. We are happy to start off the series with a lecture by Mundelein Seminary Rector Very Rev. Robert Barron entitled, "The Meeting of Heaven and Earth: A Theology of the Temple."
Biography: A star among young classical musicians, concert organist Nathan J. Laube has quickly earned a place among the organ world's elite performers. His brilliant playing and gracious demeanor have thrilled audiences and presenters across the United States and in Europe, and his creative programming of repertoire spanning five centuries, including his own virtuoso transcriptions of orchestral works, have earned high praise from critics and peers alike.
"Laube painted a movement from Messiaen's La Nativité du seigneur with all the colors of the stained glass window on which the piece was inspired...this performance paid appropriate homage to this great composer..."
-Everything Alabama, November 2008
"...his traversal of Bach's G minor Fantasia and Fugue in G...cemented his artistry most permanently...Laube was indefatigable in his efforts to untangle Bach's counterpoint."
Priests from the Archdiocese of Chicago are at Mundelein Seminary to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their ordation (Golden Jubilee, Class of 1964) and the 25th anniversary of their ordination (Silver Jubilee, Class of 1989).
The Mass & Marian Crowning is a public event hosted by Mundelein Seminary on Sunday, May 4, 2014. Fr. Robert Barron, Rector of Mundelein Seminary, President of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake and Founder of Word On Fire Catholic Ministries will be the Celebrant and Homilist.
This Sunday morning event is free and open to the public by reserving your space here online. The event begins at 8:30am and should conclude around 11:30am and includes the Marian Crowning, Mass in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, Eucharistic Procession and a light brunch reception afterwards.
Because the space is limited, reservations are required.
The 40th Anniversary of the Summer Scripture Seminar is happening June 22-27 and features some of the best Scripture scholars in the world. Fr. Robert Barron is hosting dinner that Thursday night, followed by his lecture on the archetype of kingship in the OT.
For More Information visit Summer Scripture Seminar on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SummerScriptureSeminar or online at www.SummerScripture.org.
On Thursday, March 27th and Friday, March 28th Mundelein Seminary will welcome Most Reverend Arthur Roche, Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, to the 2014 Albert Cardinal Meyer Lecture Series. Archbishop Roche will give two lectures: Actuosa Participatio: Notes towards an understanding of active participation in the Sacred Liturgy, and Prayer as Teacher: Actuosa Participatio as understood in the great texts of the Church’s Liturgy.
Father Douglas Martis, Director of the Liturgical Institute and Assistant Professor, and Fr. Ronald Kunkel, Director of Liturgy and Assistant Professor, will respond to the lectures.
The lectures will take place in the Cardinal Mundelein Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening and 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning. Faculty, staff and all graduate students are welcome to attend. The lecture series is part of seminarian formation. We are delighted to have Archbishop Roche with us for this lecture series.
On Wednesday, March 26th His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., will be with us for Vespers in the John Paul II Chapel. We look forward to the Cardinal’s visit. After Vespers, the Cardinal will have dinner with the fourth year Chicago men who are preparing for priesthood ordination this May.
The Cardinal Stritch Retreat House invites you for Reflections on Faith:
Religious Themes in the Harry Potter Series
Father John Lodge, professor of New Testament Studies at Mundelein Seminary, is also an avid reader of the Harry Potter series. Although some people have expressed concerns about the virtues of Harry Potter, Father Lodge shows how there are strong Christian themes throughout the books. If you enjoy reading Harry Potter, you will enjoy the reflections by Father Lodge.
Cost | $100.00 Includes over-night accomadations, breakfast, lunch and snacks.
Retreat | Begins Thursday February 6 at 7:30 PM and concludes with lunch on Friday February7.
The second theologians studying for the Archdiocese of Chicago will be having dinner with Cardinal George on Tuesday even-ing, January 14th. These dinners provide an opportunity for the men from Chicago to spend some time with Cardinal George and discuss their call to the priesthood.
"He took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing. The first non-European pope in 1,200 years is poised to transform a place that measures change by the century" - Howard Chua-Eoan and Elizabeth Dias, TIME Magazine, 12.11.13
Marriage Preparation and the New Evangelization: Preaching the Truth, Beauty and Goodness of the Catholic Faith
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 7:30 pm University of Saint Mary of the Lake Theology Classroom Building, Second Floor
Join the Liturgical Institute for a presentation focusing on the new evangelization and "knowing your terrain" when it comes to sacramental preparation in the Church, particularly marriage preparation. The One in Christ Marriage Program developed by Fr. Aschenbrener is changing the way people perceive the Catholic Church and her teachings. After attending the seminar, one couple was quoted as saying: "We are very happy that we were able to participate in this seminar, we feel a stronger connection as a couple and to our faith. We feel like we've come back home to all that we've been missing."
Rev. Thomas Aschenbrener received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric with a minor in Art History at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. In 2002 he received a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and in 2003 a Master’s in Divinity from Mundelein Seminary in Illinois. Fr. Aschenbrener is the author of the popular One in Christ Marriage Program and Preparing for the Rite of Matrimony. He was ordained to the priesthood by Francis Cardinal George of the Archdiocese of Chicago in May of 2003. He has served at St. Luke Church in River Forest, St. Alphonsus in Chicago, Holy Name Cathedral and is currently the Pastor of St. Mary of Perpetual Help in Chicago.
For questions for more information call 847.837.4542. Street address for the university is 1000 East Maple Avenue, Mundelein, IL 60060.
Event will be held in the Theology Classroom Building, Second Floor, building 9 on the campus map.
Free and open to the public, but please call to reserve a place.
Join noted chant specialist, composer and editor Adam Bartlett for workshops on the chants of different liturgical seasons. All to be held at the USML Conference Center on the Institute's Mundelein campus.
January 9, 2015 The Chants of Lent
During the season of Lent the Church journeys with Christ through the desert and to the Cross of Calvary through the celebration of the sacred liturgy. This workshop will penetrate the mysteries of this most solemn season through the lens of its sung texts and chants. Participants will have the opportunity to prepare themselves and their parishes for a Lenten season filled with deep spiritual and liturgical renewal.
Registration coming soon!
January 30, 2015 Treasures of the Triduum, Holy Week
This conference will unveil the rich theology of the apex of the Church’s liturgical year through the lens of the chants of Holy Week. Perfect for musicians, cantors, liturgy directors, preachers and RCIA leaders, and all who desire to enter more deeply into the heart of the Paschal Mystery.
March 6, 2015 Psalmist Workshop, Psalms of Holy Week and Easter
The Psalmist has a unique and important role to play in the celebration of the liturgy. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal stresses that “it is necessary for the psalmist to be accomplished in the art of singing Psalms and have a facility in public speaking and elocution” (see art. 102), and therefore this workshop will expound upon the techniques proper to the ministry of the Psalmist, through a practical exploration of the Responsorial Psalms of Holy Week and Easter.
Registration coming soon!
May 1, 2015 Pentecost, Most Holy Trinity, Corpus Christi & Christ the King
The Solemnities at the conclusion of the Easter Season and of Ordinary Time are among the highest points of the latter half of the liturgical year. Full of theological significance, and richly endowed with chants rich in beauty and strength (including two sequences), these Solemnities are anything but ordinary. Participants will learn timeless chants as well as simple English chant settings that are immediately practical additions to any parish repertoire.
Registration coming soon!
Check back soon for registration. Questions? Call 847.837.4542 or email at email@example.com.
The annual Christmas Concert took place on Sunday, December 8th in the Auditorium. More than 800 people attended for Christmas carols and sacred music.
The Seminarian Christmas Choir and Handbells performed with the City Lights Orchestra.Watch the 8 minute clip of the choir below, filmed by John Lamansky, performing Veni Veni, Emmanuel, Gesu Bambino, O Holy Night and Hallelujah Chorus.
This last Exploring Priesthood Weekend will be held April 4-6. These retreat-like weekends allow men to visit Mundelein and learn about our seminary community. Meet with priests, seminarians and other men considering a call to the priesthood.
"I thank all of you for your support, especially Fr. Francis Li who serves as a great inspiration and mentor. As I continue to open my heart to Christ and be conscious of Him moving through me and others, I ask that you please keep me in your prayers as I will do the same for you. "Caritas Christi Vrget Nos" / (The love of Christ urges us on)" - Christian Shiu
Presentations Practical steps for discerning a vocation, Values of priesthood, Seminary life, academics, spiritual formation and pastoral ministry - and, Seminarians share their vocation stories.
Several Worship Opportunities, including the Celebration Mass Men are encouraged to ask questions, interact with seminarians and priests, pray in chapels, walk the grounds, or use the recreational facilities (pool, gymnasium, weight room). By fully engaging in the opportunities provided on the retreat, men are more able to understand where God is leading them.
An Exploring Priesthood Weekend Participant Shares his Experience... "As a relatively new Catholic, I often think about what the Faith means to me: how it shapes and molds me, and brings me closer to God. It seems like years have passed since I received the Sacraments of Initiation, but in actuality it has only been 9 months. Yet in that time, so much has happened – from my journey as a lector, sacristan, commentator, to volunteering at the parish office.
And although these capacities vary in nature, they share a common thread: service. With this, I am drawn to these questions: How can I serve God and others? What does God have planned for me? What vocation is God leading me to? As I continue to discern God’s call, I often think of priests and how they serve others so selflessly; how they facilitate our union with Christ through the Sacraments, and how they proclaim and live the Gospel. The thought of this touches my heart and continues to fuel my desire to seriously consider a vocation to priesthood. Even now, my involvement with various aspects of the Liturgy – an area that brings me closer to what the priest does – has helped me to develop that unique closeness to God and the Eucharist."
To further my discernment, I recently attended a weekend retreat at Mundelein Seminary called “Exploring Priesthood.” With this unique and memorable opportunity, I was able to interact with seminarians who shared their vocation stories and explained how they came to feel God's call to the priesthood. And it was their openness and honesty that not only affirmed for me that priesthood is a call to service, but also helped me to better understand how God sometimes reveals His plan to us by speaking through others, leaving behind subtle clues that may shift the course of one's journey. Prayer was another important aspect of the retreat: through daily mass, "morning" and "night" prayer (lauds and vespers), and Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, I was able to connect with God, bringing about feelings of peace, happiness, and joy. And with these emotions, it is clear to me that the call to priesthood is something that I cannot simply ignore.
Therefore, to delve deeper into the elements of discernment, I will be joining a weekly program called "In-Search." "In-Search" allows one to meet with other men who are going through the same process of discernment, as well as with a diocesan priest who will share his vocation story and provide insight on a particular area of priesthood. (Q&A sessions and socialization follows.) I look forward to being a part of this group!
For more information, contact: Fr. Francis Bitterman - Vocation Director 312-534-8298 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Fr. Chris Ciomek at 847.970.4841 - email@example.com
Marianne Hadden 847.970.4851 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mundelein Seminary is located at: 1000 East Maple Avenue, Mundelein, IL 60060
Profound Preaching 2014: Paradigms for Preachers A Workshop for Priests and Deacons with Fr. Allan White, op
“On the road to Emmaus Jesus provides a model of how preachers should approach their ministry. Discipleship and proclamation go together. Preachers must listen to the Word, be transformed by the Word and live the Word so that those who cannot read it can read it in and through them.”
-Fr. Allan White, op
Registration fee of $75.00 includes admission to all sessions, lunch, coffee and snacks. Overnight accommodations and additional meals are also available.
On-line: For quick and easy on-line registration, click here.
Print: To download a printable registration flyer, click here (PDF). You can fax your registration form to 847.837.4545.
Phone:To register by phone, call 847.837.4542
Event Schedule, Friday, November 14, 2014 please note revised schedule
Check-in opens, USML Conference Hall (Building 4, click here for map, parking in Purple Lot)
Sung Morning Prayer, Chapel of the Immaculate Conception
Welcome, Room 202 of USML Conference Hall
Welcome and Session I: Emmaus: From Blindness to Sight
Session II:Telling Stories to Become the Story: Parables and Proverbs
Sung Midday Prayer
Lunch, University Dining Hall
Session III:“Come Behind Me:” How to Be a Disciple
Session IV: Listen Before You Speak: A Samaritan Evangelist
Sung Evening Prayer, Chapel of the Immaculate Conception
Workshop leader Fr. Allan White, OP was born in London. After studies at Oxford University, he joined the Dominican Order in 1973 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1979. After studies in philosophy and theology at Oxford and Edinburgh, he completed a Ph.D. in sixteenth century history at the University of Edinburgh. His time in the Order has been mostly spent in university ministry, teaching in Oxford, Cambridge, London and Edinburgh, and in administration. He has served as senior Catholic Chaplain in the University of Edinburgh and was associate Chaplain in the university of Oxford before being invited to become senior Catholic Chaplain in the University of Cambridge, where he served for six years. He was elected Prior Provincial of the English Dominican friars in 2000 and ministered in that capacity for eight years before going to Rome as an assistant to the Master of the Dominican Order. Father Allan came to the United States in 2011 and was asked to accept the post of Director and Senior Chaplain of the New York University Catholic Centre where he presently serves.
On Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 1:30pm Auxiliary Bishop John R. Manz of the Archdiocese of Chicago will call nine men to the Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders (Order of Deacon) at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, University of St. Mary of the Lake. These nine men will be formally enrolled as deacon candidates for the Institute for Diaconal Studies.
Candidacy is the first official recognition by the Church of the positive signs of his vocation to the diaconate, which must be confirmed in the next three years of formation—a period that includes academic courses, spiritual formation and direction, pastoral ministry experiences, human/personal development, field education, internships, and much more.
To get to this point in his formation, the men have journeyed through a one-year period of discernment called the Aspirancy Path that included prayer and spiritual formation sessions, an intensive and comprehensive course on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, days of reflection on the deacon’s share in the bishop’s ministries, field ministry experiences in ministering to a culturally diverse Church, a field education experience in Service to Charity, monthly spiritual direction, and a retreat during which he prayed and reflected, with his family, over his possible call to the ordained ministry of deacon.
El Programa de Formación para el Ministerio Laico se encuentra inscribiendo ya desde ahora a todas aquellas personas interesadas en ser parte de este programa para el año escolar 2015-2016.
Para ayudar a entender mejor el proceso y en qué consiste este programa, y para dar la oportunidad de aclarar cualquier pregunta o situación, el programa estará ofreciendo por el momento sesiones de información en las parroquias y sitios que lo soliciten.
No es necesario inscribirse para estas sesiones.
Si quisiera tener una sesión informativa en algún sitio en particular, llámenos a estos teléfonos:
847-837-4560 u 847-970-4954
o mándenos un correo electrónico a las siguientes direcciónes:
Si sientes el llamado a servir como diácono dentro de la iglesia, o si quieres saber qué es y de qué se trata el diaconado permanente, el Programa de Formación para el Diaconado Permanentedel I.L.P. estará ofreciendo unas sesiones de información en distintos lugares de la arquidiócesis. En estas sesiones se presentará en qué consiste el programa y cuál es el proceso que se sigue. En estas sesiones también se responderá a inquietudes, preguntas, o situaciones particulares que se tengan con respecto al programa o su proceso.
No necesita inscribirse para atender estas sesiones .
En caso de no poder atender alguna sesión establecida, o de querer tener una sesión informativa en algún lugar particular, llámenos por favor al siguiente teléfono:
O mándenos un correo electrónico a la siguiente dirección:
The 2014 Priests' Convocation is fast approaching. We look forward to three days of reflecting on this theme, praying and worshipping together, having meals together, and spending time with old friends and meeting new brothers.
We invite you to the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles beginning the afternoon of Monday, June 16 through midday on Thursday, June 19. Sessions will include:
Most Reverend Gustavo Garcia-Siller, Archbishop of San Antonio, Texas
Fr. Lou Cameli of our own Archdiocese of Chicago
A Panel made up of a few Auxiliary Bishops and Chicago Priests
A Panel of our Chicago Laity including young adults