On Sunday, December 8, 2019 Mundelein Seminary held its Annual Sounds of the Season Christmas Concert. The day started with Mass in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception celebrated by rector Father John Kartje, followed by brunch, and the concert in the Cardinal Mundelein Auditorium. The music at the concert featured Rich Daniels with the City Lights Orchestra and the Mundelein Seminary Choir under the direction of Linda M. Cerabona. Featured soloists included faculty member Father Brad Zamora (Mundelein Seminary Class of 2014) and seminarians Marko Pranic (Diocese of Albany) and Steven Caraher (Diocese of Gary).
The event was a perfect way to slow down during the busy holiday season and remember the simple beauty of praying together and appreciating the talents and gifts of others. Music and the arts are an important aspect of the seminary experience at Mundelein, and they flow into many different areas of the greater Church. Our seminarians made the day special as they showed God’s love and joy to this community before they complete final exams and head back to their home dioceses for Christmas.
We were also blessed to welcome relatives of George Cardinal Mundelein–his great-niece Mary Kelling and his great-great-niece Mary Sheehan–both of whom were attending the concert for the first time. We are grateful to all who attended the Sounds of the Season Christmas Concert and for your continued support and prayers for our seminarians and all priests. During this Advent season, may we feel Jesus Christ’s deep presence in our lives and may He clothe us with His grace and peace.
Father John Kartje’s homily from Sunday, December 8, 2019:
Enjoy this clip of our seminarians performing at Mundelein Seminary's annual Sounds of the Season Christmas Concert.