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  • April 16-17, 2015: Liturgical Catechesis and the New Evangelization | 4/16/2015







































  • Meyer Lecture Series: Sherry Anne Weddell on "Forming Intentional Disciples" | 3/12/2015

    Admission is free, but reservations are required 

    Please register, here:

    If you need to register by phone, please call 847-566-6401. 

    Overnight accommodations are available for adults (18 years and older) in the Conference Center special rate: $60.00


    This year we are pleased to have Sherry Weddell as the 2015 Meyer Lecturer. She is the author of the best-selling book, Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus. The book takes into consideration the immense challenge of evangelizing Catholics today. Here is a brief description of what will be covered in her talk:



    • Five thresholds of postmodern conversion
    • How to open a conversation about faith and belief
    • How to ask thought-provoking questions and establish an atmosphere of trust. 
    • When to tell the Great Story of Jesus
    • How to help someone response to God's call to intentional discipleship.

    Schedule of Events

    Thursday, March 12, 2015 

    7:00 p.m.         Welcome by the Rector (Auditorium)

                            Introduction to the program by the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs

     7:15 p.m.         Keynote Address – Sherry Weddell

     8:00 p.m.         Discussion

     8:30 p.m.         Break

    Friday, March 13, 2015

    7:15 a.m.         Morning Prayer (John Paul II Chapel – North Residence Hall                                                        Building 900 – visitors welcome to attend)

    7:40 a.m.         Mass

    8:20 a.m.         Breakfast (Refectory)

    9:00 a.m.         Introduction to program (Auditorium)

    9:05 a.m.         Keynote Address – Sherry Weddell

    9:50 a.m.         Discussion

    10:15 a.m.       Break

    10:30 a.m.       Responses

    11:30 a.m.       Panel Discussion

    12:00 p.m.       Conclusion

  • Mundelein Seminary Lecture Series: Dr. Scott Hahn on "The Joy of the Gospel" | 3/10/2015

    Please join us for a luncheon lecture by Dr. Scott Hahn on "The Joy of the Gospel: Scripture and the New Evangelization." In this talk, Dr. Hahn will discuss the roots of the New Evangelization in Scripture. He will elaborate on why the joy of the Gospel compels us to go out and tell the world about Christ. 

    The lecture is on Tuesday, March 10. It will take place at the Univesrity Club of Chicago in the beautiful Cathedral Room. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; the luncheon is from 12:00-1:30 p.m. 

    $50 General Admission/ $25 Priest Alumni 

  • Treasures of the Triduum 2015: The Chants of Holy Week | 1/30/2015

    This one-day conference will unveil the rich theology of the apex of the Church’s liturgical year through the lens of the chants of Holy Week, as presented by noted chant specialist Adam Bartlett.

    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. 

    Learn More >

    Register Now

  • LMAP: Scripture Presentation by Dr. Pauline Viviano | 1/24/2015

    Alumni of Called & Gifted and Lay Leadership formation programs are welcome to attend the upcoming formation day:

    Saturday, January 24, 2015, 9am – 3pm

    Topic TBD

    Presenter: Dr. Pauline Viviano

    St. Edward Church Hall, Chicago

  • November 23, 2014, 3:00 PM: Organ Rededication and Concert with Organist Nathan Laube | 11/23/2014

    November 23rd, 2014, 3:00PM

    Chapel of the Immaculate Conception - University of St. Mary of the Lake - Mundelein Seminary 

    Dedication Concert of Skinner Organ, Op. 621, restored and relocated to the magnificent Neo-Classical/Georgian main chapel of the Mundelein Seminary by the Bradford Organ Company.  

    Organ: 1926 E.M. Skinner, Op. 621; 2013/2014 Bradford Organs


    Concert Organist: Nathan Laube

    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.




    Press Notices: 

    "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." 

    -Time Out Chicago, August 2007



  • LMAP: Pastoral Leadership - Called to Make Disciples | 11/1/2014

    Alumni of Called & Gifted and Lay Leadership formation programs are welcome to attend the upcoming formation day:

    Saturday, November 1, 2014, 9am – 3pm

    Pastoral Leadership – Called to Make Disciples

    Presenter: Mark Mogilka, Diocese of Green Bay

    University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein

  • Rite of Candidacy | 10/12/2014

    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. 

  • Summer Scripture Seminar | 9/19/2014

    Save the Dates!

    June 21-26, 2015   







  • September 18, 2014 | 23rd Annual Golf Outing and Dinner | 9/18/2014

    University of Saint Mary of The Lake / Mundelein Seminary's
    23rd Annual Golf Outing and Dinner






    Save the Date: 

    Thursday, September 18, 2014
    Pine Meadow Golf Club

    Golf time available at 12:00 pm for the Shotgun Start. 

    Single Golfer:......................................$600.00 (includes dinner and gift)

    Foursome:........................................ $2,200.00 (includes dinners and gifts)

    Foursome/Hole Sponsor:..................$2,500.00 (includes dinners and gifts)

    Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, OP 


    For Reservations or More Details:
    Please Call: (847) 970-4831


  • September 9, 2014: Mundelein Seminary Lecture Series: Very Rev. Robert Barron | 9/9/2014

     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."


  • Lay Leadership & Lay Ecclesial Ministry Opening Retreats | 8/22/2014

    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 or 847-837-4550.


  • 40th Anniversary of the Summer Scripture Seminar at USML this Summer | 6/22/2014

    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: or online at 



  • Don’t miss our final Exploring Priesthood Weekend for this academic year! | 4/4/2014

    April 4-6, 2014 | Mundelein Seminary 

    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


    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 -

    Fr. Chris Ciomek at
    847.970.4841 -

    Marianne Hadden
    847.970.4851 - 

    Mundelein Seminary is located at:
    1000 East Maple Avenue, Mundelein, IL 60060

  • Meyer Lecture Series Starts Marth 27th! | 3/27/2014

    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.

  • Cardinal George to Visit Mundelein Seminary 3/26 | 3/26/2014

    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.

  • Priests' Convocation 2014 | 3/13/2014

    The Priesthood Well-Lived

    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
    • Various workshop opportunities to choose from

    Location | Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles

    Date | Monday, June 16 through Thursday, Jun 19

  • Retreat: Religious Themes in the Harry Potter Series | 2/6/2014

    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.

    Register | Call Eva at 847.566.6060

  • Second Theology Chicago Dinner with Cardinal George | 1/14/2014

    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.

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration | 12/11/2013

    Join Us December 11th and 12th to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe!

    December 11th | South Side Refectory

    12:15pm: Lunch Talk: "Guadalupe and The New Evangelization" - with - Keynote Speaker: Msgr. Diego Monrroy, Former Rector of The Bascilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City

    December 12th | Immaculate Conception Chapel

    6:45am: Mananitas" Marian Serenade
    7:15am: Morning Prayer
    7:40am: Mass Celebrated by Bishop John Manz


  • 2013 Christmas Concert | 12/8/2013

    The Auditorium at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake: 1000 East Maple Avenue | Mundelein, IL 60060

    Sunday | December 8, 2013 | 2:00pm

    Featuring | The City Lights Orchestra, Conducted by Mr. Rich Daniels and our own Seminarian Christmas Choir

    Event Free to the Public | For Information Call 847-970-4830

    Sponsorship Opportunities are still available!

    Platinum Sponsor - $5,000
    (Back cover of the program book, full-page acknowledgment, introduction at the concert by Very Reverend Robert Barron, Rector/President)

    Golden Sponsor - $2,500
    (Inside back or inside front cover of program book, full-page acknowledgment, announced at the concert)

    Silver Sponsor - $1,000
    (Half-page acknowledgment in program book)

    Concert Patron - $500
    (Distinguished acknowledgment in program book)

    Concert Sponsor - $250
    (Prominent listing in program book)

    Concert Friend - $150
    (Listing in program book)

    Or any level of free-will donation.

    Thank you to all our sponsors!

  • Sesiones de Información para el Programa de Diaconado Permanente 2015-2016 | 1/29/2015


    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 Permanente del 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:

                                        (847) 837-4557

    O mándenos un correo electrónico a la siguiente dirección:



     Aquí encontrarás alguna información sobre el diaconado permanente y nuestro programa:

     Ver Información sobre qué es el Programa de Formación para el Diaconado Permanente

    Ver Información sobre el Ministerio Diaconal y los Requisitos para ser un Diácono Permanente



  • December 1st Marks the First Sunday of Advent | 11/27/2013

    Season of Waiting for the Coming of Jesus Christ commences December 1st

  • Watch exclusive footage from the Christmas Concert! | 12/20/2013

    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.

  • Get the Latest from Mundelein Seminary: Join Our Newsletter! | 12/27/2013

    Stay up-to-date on the latest happenings with Mundelein Seminary news, events and regular video reflections with Fr. Barron. 

  • TIME Magazine names Pope Francis Person of the Year | 12/31/2013

    Pope Francis: “The People’s Pope”

    "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

    Read The Article Here

    Photo: Illustration by Bryan Drury for TIME; Photo reference: Alessandra Tarantino / AP


  • Mass & Marian Crowning | 5/4/2014

    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.

  • Priesthood Gold and Silver Jubilees | 5/2/2014

    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). 

  • Save the Date! Chant Workshops with Adam Bartlett | 1/9/2015

    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.

    Register Now

    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.

    Register Now

    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




  • Canceled: November 18th University Club of Chicago Lecture with Dr. Matthew Levering | 11/3/2014

    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. 

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