Welcome to the University of Saint Mary of the Lake
Our campus is home to Mundelein Seminary, the major seminary and school of theology for the Archdiocese of Chicago and beyond for nearly a century.
Located just north of Chicago, it is the largest Catholic seminary in the United States and home to over 200 seminarians from 34 dioceses across the country and around the world. Solidly grounded in prayer, pastoral formation and rigorous academic training, Mundelein Seminary’s distinctive curriculum includes an innovative Teaching Parish Program, two full-time internships, and a study-pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
Graduates of Mundelein are men of prayer whose hearts are burning to serve as a bridge between their people and the Lord. They are formed in tradition, trained in compassion, and prepared to shepherd.
Our faculty is among the largest in the country, and many of our professors are recognized as leaders in their fields. Mundelein professors serve as members or experts to pontifical academies, councils and the International Theological Commission. They are sought-after speakers nationally and internationally.
Mundelein Seminary grants degrees through the University of St. Mary of the Lake, which was chartered in 1844 and has been in continuous operation since 1921. It is one of only seven schools in North America established as a pontifical faculty of theology by the Holy See. In addition, our campus is enriched by dynamic institutes that offer educational opportunities for laity, clergy, and religious, equipping hundreds of students every year to make invaluable contributions to the Church. The Institutes of Diaconal Studies, Lay Formation, Ongoing Formation, and the Instituto de Liderazgo Pastoral ensure competent graduates for the parishes and institutions of the Catholic Church. The Liturgical Institute promotes and advances the theology and practice of the Church’s liturgical life.
In a given year, the campus serves approximately 1000 full and part-time students in its degree and certificate programs. The Conference Center provides training and development services to approximately 35,000 individuals.
Our beautiful Feehan Memorial Library and McEssy Theological Resource Center offer students access to over 200,000 print volumes and a broad spectrum of electronic resources, and our vibrant Conference Center is available for retreats, meetings or company outings in the breathtaking setting of our campus.
Our address is 1000 E. Maple Ave., Mundelein, IL 60060.