2024 Celebration of Mundelein

On Thursday, April 18 Mundelein Seminary held its annual Celebration of Mundelein at the Union League Club of Chicago. The event was hosted by Very Reverend John Kartje, Rector and President of USML, Cardinal Blasé Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, and emceed by Mr. Stefan Holt, co-anchor of NBC 5 News Chicago.

This year, Mundelein Seminary honored two outstanding individuals whose dedication and contributions have profoundly impacted the community: Reverend Dennis Holtschneider, past president of DePaul University and Dr. Joe Paprocki, National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press. Their unwavering commitment to faith education, and service embodies the spirit of Mundelein Seminary.

Celebration of Mundelein serves as a cornerstone in supporting the future of our seminary and nurturing the next generation of parish priests. Your support directly impacts the training and formation of our seminarian, empowering them to carry forth the light of faith and service.

Thank you to all who join us at our 2024 Celebration of Mundelein and those who support our men who are following Christ’s call to the holy priesthood.

Thomas and Linda Berk


Jerome J. Claeys III
Erma and Wayne Kinzie
William H. and Lois J. McEssy Foundation  

Bob and Cathy Platt
Dr. Eileen Knight & the Knight Family
Hulsebosch Hope Foundation
The Illinois Knights of Columbus
Mary and Jim Claus
The Paluch Family Foundation & Mary Lou Paluch

Advantage Futures 
Daprato Rigali Studios, Inc.
DePaul University
Give Central
Great Lakes Advisors
Holy Name Cathedral
Laborer’s District Council
Loyola Press
Mr. and Mrs. Eric Harkna
Peggy & George Pandaleon

Church of St. Mary, Lake Forest
St. Barnabas
St. Edward Parish
St. Emily Parish
Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, La Grange 
St. Cletus Parish 
Saints Joseph and Francis Xavier
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Libertyville

Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
Carmel Catholic High School
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Catholic Diocese of Rockford
Diocese of Tuscon
Loyola University Chicago President’s Office
Marcy O’Keefe Twardak
Tom and Mary Doug Brown

As Those Who Serve Award

Fr. Dennis Holtschneider

Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, C.M. is president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU).  He served as president of DePaul University, the largest Catholic university in the United States, from 2004-2017.  Before that, he served as executive vice president of his alma mater, Niagara University; Clinical Associate Professor of Higher Education at SUNY Buffalo; and Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Higher Education Policy at St. John’s University, NY.

Fr. Holtschneider holds degrees in mathematics and theology, as well as a doctorate in higher education policy from Harvard University where he presently lectures on university strategy and governance.  He latest study of the future of Catholic university governance was published by the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) in Summer of 2023.

He has served as board chair and then chief operations officer of Ascension, the nation’s largest non-profit health system.  He presently chairs the Secretariat of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) as well as the boards of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California and The National Pastoral Migratoria which provides services to recently arrived immigrants in various U.S. cities.  He is also co-founder and board chair of The Institute for Global Homelessness, addressing worldwide street homelessness in partnership with the United Nations.

Christo Gloria Award

Joe Paprocki, D.Min.

Joe Paprocki, DMin, the National Consultant for Faith Formation for Loyola Press, has been in pastoral ministry for over 40 years, has authored over 20 books (including his most recent, 8 Steps to Energize Your Faith), and presented in over 150 dioceses in North America. Joe received his Masters Degree from the Institute of Pastoral Studies (Loyola University of Chicago) and his Doctor of Ministry Degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake (Mundelein Seminary). Joe blogs about his catechetical experiences and insights at www.catechistsjourney.com. He and his wife of 41 years, Joanne, live in Evergreen Park, IL. They have two grown children and 4 grandchildren.  

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