Knights of Columbus Grants
Recently, the LaSalle Assembly of the Knights of Columbus presented grants to the Chicago seminarians from Mundelein Seminary. The LaSalle Assembly is one of the largest assemblies in the state of Illinois. We are very grateful for their fundraising efforts, their prayers and their support for vocations to the priesthood. Their assistance means a great deal of the seminarians.
On Thursday, May 5th Mr. Ryan Butts, Vice President for the Office of Institutional Advancement, and I visited the Brach Foundation to accept an award of $20,000 which will be used to fund the Advanced Pastoral Leadership program. This is the joint program with the Kellogg School of Management which Mundelein offers for pastors. We are grateful to Mr. Matthew Simon and the Brach Foundation for their continuing support. Our generous benefactors help the seminary to achieve its objectives of maintaining a current environment for seminarians, faculty and staff.
On Saturday, May 7th we celebrate Academic Convocation during which the University awards degrees and certificates to those seminarians and students who have successfully completed their programs of studies. There will be awarded thirty-four Lay Leadership Certificates in the English program, seventy-two Lay Leadership certificates in the Spanish program, three certificates in the Catechetical Leadership English program, eleven certificates in the Catechetical Leadership Spanish program, twelve Certificates in the Diaconal Studies program and thirteen Diaconal Studies Spanish program, twenty Baccalaureate of Sacred Theology degrees, one Master of Arts in Liturgy, four Master of Arts in Liturgical Studies, nineteen Master of Arts in Philosophy and Religion, twenty-nine Master of Divinity degrees, ten Licentiate of Sacred Theology degrees, and two Doctorate of Sacred Theology degrees. Two Honorary Doctorates will be awarded: one to Reverend James Presta and the other to Mrs. Lorraine Olley Eustice. Father Presta will also deliver the Convocation Address. Convocation is a time when we are able to see the full scope of the educational and formational mission of Mundelein.
On behalf of the Class of 2020, THANK YOU for your great generosity. We were able to raise $2241 for the families of Parroquia Santísimo Sacramento in Peru.
There is a short video of some moments from the trip. Click here to see the video: http://intranet.usml.edu/wordpress/
Dios Te Bendiga!
Ordinations to the Priesthood
Over the next months, twenty-nine men will be ordained to the priesthood for fifteen dioceses. The men for the Archdiocese of Chicago will be ordained on Saturday, May 21st at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Name Cathedral. The Chicago candidates are: Pawel Barwikowski, Dominic Clemente, Jr., Miguel Flores, Matthew Litak and Michael Trail.
Additional members of the Class of 2016 are: Valey Akoh (Atlanta), David Baunach (Springfield-Cape Girardeau), Joe Cadena (Laredo), Tom Cavera (Grand Rapids), Shaun Cieslik (Joliet), Juan Carlos Cifuentes-Posada (Atlanta), Edson Elizarraras (Tucson), Ross Epping (Davenport), Arturo Felix (Conv. Franciscans), Jegar Fickel (Grand Rapids), Giles Gilbert (Conv. Franciscans), Aaron Junge (Dubuque), Michael Kearney (Joliet), Brian Kelly (Albany), Chris Lankford (Joliet), John Bosco Lutaaya (Kasana-Luweero), Kyle Manno (Rockford), Colin Mulhall (Grand Rapids), Dan Schumaker (Grand Rapids), Patrick Sherrard (Seattle), Dan Steele (Yakima), Peter Steele (Yakima), Roberto Suarez (Atlanta) and Keith Wolfe (Joliet).
The seminary community congratulates these men as they conclude their time here at Mundelein Seminary. We ask the Lord to bless them in their future priestly ministry. We know that this is a time of great joy for them and for their families, as well as for the Church. We assure them of our continued prayers and best wishes.
Mundelein Seminary Lecture Series
On Tuesday, May 3, Dr. Reinhard Huetter, this year’s Paluch Professor of Theology at Mundelein Seminary and professor of Christian Theology at Duke University, offered a lecture on the campus of Mundelein Seminary. Dr. Huetter’s lecture introduced the nature of doctrine and its development in the Catholic theological tradition and helped develop criteria that distinguishes between true and false developments. The lecture touched upon one of the most central but misunderstood topics of Catholic theology. We are grateful to Dr. Huetter for his time spent at Mundelein Seminary this year.
As we conclude the 2015-2016 year, I wish to extend my appreciation to all those who support the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. Your prayers and encouragement were of great assistance to me this year. May the Lord bless you during the summer months.