The start of a new school year always brings excitement, and it’s no different for the seminarians and faculty of Mundelein.
Seminarians who are new to the campus started their semester with a week of orientation, led by returning seminarians and faculty. Our rector Father John Kartje began the week with a welcome address to the dozens of new men who will live and study at Mundelein.
Daily Mass and prayer, campus tours, introductory classes, and meals at the refectory gave a taste of the years to come. Lovely games of basketball, cards, and frisbee with their brother seminarians instilled a sense of brotherhood reinforced at the campus bonfire. The friendships formed at seminary will be a source of joy and comfort for many years ahead as priests. Please pray for these men as they continue their journey to priesthood. You can get to know some of Mundelein’s newest seminarians in the videos below and by following @mundeleinsem on social media.
After orientation week, more seminarians returned to campus for a week-long silent retreat to intentionally focus on God and prepare for the year ahead. This year’s retreat was “The Discernment of Spirits,” led by Fr. Tim Gallagher OMV.
Once the retreat concluded on Friday, celebratory welcome activities continued over Labor Day weekend. During Saturday’s Seminarian Service Day, they helped to beautify the campus through tree trimming, tuckpointing, painting, picnic bench restoration, bricklaying, and the construction of a patio outside the seminarian residence. They definitely earned their ice cream at the lunchtime ice cream social. In the evening, the local Knights of Columbus chapter once again sponsored a pig roast for a social out on the pier. Sunday’s activities included Mass followed by a Games Day with numerous activities designed to foster fraternity among the new and returning seminarians. The evening concluded with a community dinner and the Rector’s Address from Father John Kartje.
Labor Day marked the first day of class for all seminarians. Scroll down to see more photos from orientation and welcome weekend events.