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."
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."
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.
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 - email@example.com
Fr. Chris Ciomek at 847.970.4841 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Marianne Hadden 847.970.4851 - email@example.com
Mundelein Seminary is located at: 1000 East Maple Avenue, Mundelein, IL 60060
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 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
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.
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.
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.
"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
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.