The Advent Season is intended to foster in our hearts a spirit of anticipation for a renewed savoring of the miracle of our Lord’s Incarnation. With great joy we welcomed hundreds of friends and neighbors to the annual Christmas Concert, featuring the beautiful music of Rich Daniels and the City Lights Orchestra, and the Mundelein Seminary Choir under the direction of our Director of Music, Linda Cerabona. The morning started out with a champagne brunch in our Refectory, and the beautiful weather made for an enjoyable walk across campus to the Cardinal Mundelein Auditorium.
A deep appreciation for the arts constitutes an integral part of the priestly formation of every seminarian. At Mundelein, we are greatly blessed with a thriving music program that includes Schola, African, Asian and Spanish choirs, Chant Schola, Brass Ensemble, String Quartet and a host of talented cantors and musicians drawn from among the students and faculty. With this rich variety, we are able to enter more profoundly into the many cultural elements that are represented by liturgy in the Universal Church.
We pray that the music and fellowship enjoyed at this event only increase the anticipation for our Lord and serve as heartfelt witness to the love of our God, who so desired to be with us that He took on our very flesh and blood. Thank you to everyone who attended and to our seminarian choir:
Deacon Brian Straus (Springfield-Cape Girardeau, MO), Deacon Carlos Ortega (Atlanta, GA), Deacon John Horan (Joliet, IL), Deacon Louis Cunningham (Seattle, WA), Deacon Tom Quirk (Tucson, AZ), Deacon Zach Chichester (Albany, NY), Ben Martin (Gaylord, MI), Ben Pribbenow (Green Bay, WI), Brother Nathan Ford (Canons Regular of St. John Cantius), Chris Aust (Joliet, IL), Cristian Garcia (Chicago, IL), Dan Weger (Kansas City, KS), David Nowicki (La Crosse, WI), Edgar Quiroga-Ceballos (Yakima, WA), Eric Rewa (Grand Rapids, MI), Eric Zenisek (Dubuque, IA), Francisco Pagan (Chicago, IL)
Gerardo Olivera (San Juan, Puerto Rico), German Alzate (El Paso, TX), Hank Lyon (Chicago, IL), Hayden Charles (Wichita, KS), Jake Dunne (Dubuque, IA)
Jeffrey Grossich (Chicago, IL), Joby Joseph (Syro-Malabar Diocese of Chicago), John Washington (Atlanta, GA), Jordan Thrun (Atlanta, GA), Joshua Miller (Fairbanks, AK), Juan C. Villota (Atlanta, GA), Julian Cortes (Chicago, IL), Kenn Clem (Kansas City, KS), Kevin Gregus (Chicago, IL), Kyle Langan (Joliet, IL), Kyle Tietz (Dubuque, IA), Liam Thompson (Lafayette, IN), Luke Downing (Wichita, KS), Marco Franco (Chicago, IL), Martin Coolidge (Dubuque, IA), Martin Marulanda (Chicago, IL), Matthew Siegman (Wichita, KS), Michael Barbarossa (Seattle), Michael Block (Lafayette, IN), Michael Lewis (El Paso, TX), Michael McAndrew (Dubuque, IA), Michael Mehringer (Chicago, IL), Miles Monaco (Rockford, IL), Nathaniel Resila (Albany, NY), Nick Le (Atlanta, GA), Nick Radloff (Dubuque, IA), Ramon Sida (Joliet, IL), Richard Rivera (Tucson, AZ), Ritchie Ortiz (Chicago, IL), Theo McManigal (Chicago, IL), Thomas Leah (Chicago, IL), Ziggy Gross (Green Bay, WI)
If you missed our concert, The Archbishop’s Christmas Concert features a similar lineup and will be held Sunday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Holy Family on Roosevelt in Chicago.