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Naming Opportunities

The University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary’s pursuit of academic excellence ends with our seminarians as beneficiaries—but it begins with our faculty. Nothing is more important to Mundelein Seminary’s prominence among graduate theological seminaries than attracting and supporting professors of distinction.

The prestige and resources associated with an endowed academic chair assist the Seminary in recruiting, maintaining, and promoting the best teacher-scholars for our seminarians. Departmental chair endowments provide funding to support the complex teaching, research, and professional development needs of top faculty in specific departments.

Academic departmental chairs are endowed at $1,500,000.

Professorships will be named at the donor’s behest: for example, the Chester and Margaret Paluch Chair in Theology.

With the consent of the donor, appropriate recognition will be offered, including the etching of the benefactor’s name onto the plaque in the William and Lois McEssy Theological Resource Center, annual reports, and invitations to special recognition events.

Mundelein Seminary will fund ongoing expenses associated with faculty salaries through the following departmental chairs:

• Francis Cardinal George Chair of Faith and Culture

In addition to seminary teaching, research and writing, the Francis Cardinal George Professor has the responsibility for public lecturing and bringing the insights of the Catholic tradition into dialogue with American culture, especially the various  professions. The first Francis Cardinal George Professor of Faith and Culture is Reverend Robert E. Barron. This chair is not yet fully funded.

• Endowed Chair of Scripture

Sacred Scripture is critical for all that the priest does in his priestly ministry. This endowment would enable the seminary to strengthen its biblical training so the seminarian learns that the Bible is not only an historic book to be analyzed but the inspired Word of God present and active in the lives of God’s people. This endowment would support research and teaching in the area of Scripture, which is the soul of all theology.

• Endowed Chair of Preaching

Good preaching is the practice of good theology. Informed by scripture and tradition, the seminarian needs to be trained in the art of making the Word of God present in our world today. This endowment would enable the seminary to continue to prepare seminarians well for preaching the Word of God.

• Endowed Chair of Moral Theology

From business ethics to medical ethics, Moral Theology examines the Church’s teachings and the example of Christ in an effort to prepare the seminarians for ministry in a complex world where God’s people will look to them for guidance. This endowment would enable the seminary to maintain the high caliber of teaching expertise in the area of Moral Theology and ensure future leading lay faculty appointments.

 • Endowed Chair of Spiritual Theology

The study of Spiritual Theology seeks to examine the roots and historical development of the teachings of the Church’s great spiritual leaders. It aims to transform the seminarian’s world view in a way that deepens and defines his relationships with God, neighbors and the world as relationships lived in the Spirit. This endowment would support the faculty and the program necessary for the seminarian’s proper formation in Spiritual Theology.

• Endowed Chair of Liturgy

The Liturgy forms the heart of both priestly ministry and community life. Theological underpinnings are examined; liturgical leadership is fostered; liturgical planning skills are honed; and the rites themselves are practiced under the watchful eyes of the instructors, while instilling an appreciation for the role and importance of music in the celebration of the Mass. This endowment would support the program and personnel necessary to provide a strong liturgical life at the seminary.

• Endowed Chair of Systematic Theology

The study of Systemic Theology provides seminarians with the tools to explain and explore the Catholic Faith both in its historical, philosophical and theological contexts and in dialogue with the contemporary world. This endowment would support the teaching of the many disciplines of the Department of Systematic Theology.

• Endowed Chair of Church History

The study of history is not merely the recognition of particular names or specific dates by seminarians, but the development of a historical consciousness that allows a seminarian to use the lessons of the past in order to understand the present. Our teaching of Church History is focused on Christ as the focal point of history and the promotion of truth. This endowment would support the programs and personnel necessary to provide a rich program in Church History.

To learn more about endowing an academic chair, please contact:

Mark J. Teresi, CFRE
Vice President of Institutional Advancement
(847) 970-4817
mteresi@usml.edu


Endowed Professorships

The University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary’s pursuit of academic excellence ends with our seminarians as beneficiaries—but it begins with our faculty. Nothing is more important to Mundelein Seminary’s prominence among graduate theological seminaries than attracting and supporting professors of distinction.

The prestige and resources associated with an endowed academic chair assist the Seminary in recruiting, maintaining, and promoting the best teacher-scholars for our seminarians. Departmental chair endowments provide funding to support the complex teaching, research, and professional development needs of top faculty in specific departments.

Academic departmental chairs are endowed at $1,500,000.

Professorships will be named at the donor’s behest: for example, the Chester and Margaret Paluch Chair in Theology.

With the consent of the donor, appropriate recognition will be offered, including the etching of the benefactor’s name onto the plaque in the William and Lois McEssy Theological Resource Center, annual reports, and invitations to special recognition events.

Mundelein Seminary will fund ongoing expenses associated with faculty salaries through the following departmental chairs:

• Francis Cardinal George Chair of Faith and Culture

In addition to seminary teaching, research and writing, the Francis Cardinal George Professor has the responsibility for public lecturing and bringing the insights of the Catholic tradition into dialogue with American culture, especially the various  professions. The first Francis Cardinal George Professor of Faith and Culture is Reverend Robert E. Barron. This chair is not yet fully funded.

• Endowed Chair of Scripture

Sacred Scripture is critical for all that the priest does in his priestly ministry. This endowment would enable the seminary to strengthen its biblical training so the seminarian learns that the Bible is not only an historic book to be analyzed but the inspired Word of God present and active in the lives of God’s people. This endowment would support research and teaching in the area of Scripture, which is the soul of all theology.

• Endowed Chair of Preaching

Good preaching is the practice of good theology. Informed by scripture and tradition, the seminarian needs to be trained in the art of making the Word of God present in our world today. This endowment would enable the seminary to continue to prepare seminarians well for preaching the Word of God.

• Endowed Chair of Moral Theology

From business ethics to medical ethics, Moral Theology examines the Church’s teachings and the example of Christ in an effort to prepare the seminarians for ministry in a complex world where God’s people will look to them for guidance. This endowment would enable the seminary to maintain the high caliber of teaching expertise in the area of Moral Theology and ensure future leading lay faculty appointments.

 • Endowed Chair of Spiritual Theology

The study of Spiritual Theology seeks to examine the roots and historical development of the teachings of the Church’s great spiritual leaders. It aims to transform the seminarian’s world view in a way that deepens and defines his relationships with God, neighbors and the world as relationships lived in the Spirit. This endowment would support the faculty and the program necessary for the seminarian’s proper formation in Spiritual Theology.

• Endowed Chair of Liturgy

The Liturgy forms the heart of both priestly ministry and community life. Theological underpinnings are examined; liturgical leadership is fostered; liturgical planning skills are honed; and the rites themselves are practiced under the watchful eyes of the instructors, while instilling an appreciation for the role and importance of music in the celebration of the Mass. This endowment would support the program and personnel necessary to provide a strong liturgical life at the seminary.

• Endowed Chair of Systematic Theology

The study of Systemic Theology provides seminarians with the tools to explain and explore the Catholic Faith both in its historical, philosophical and theological contexts and in dialogue with the contemporary world. This endowment would support the teaching of the many disciplines of the Department of Systematic Theology.

• Endowed Chair of Church History

The study of history is not merely the recognition of particular names or specific dates by seminarians, but the development of a historical consciousness that allows a seminarian to use the lessons of the past in order to understand the present. Our teaching of Church History is focused on Christ as the focal point of history and the promotion of truth. This endowment would support the programs and personnel necessary to provide a rich program in Church History.

To learn more about endowing an academic chair, please contact:

Mark J. Teresi, CFRE
Vice President of Institutional Advancement
(847) 970-4817
mteresi@usml.edu

Endowments for Excellence

The University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary thrives because of our generous benefactors who found their own interests and values reflected in Mundelein Seminary’s mission. Today, these connections have been formalized through the Endowments for Excellence program, which allows benefactors to endow an area of the Seminary that holds particular significance for them.

 Endowments for Excellence are designed to enhance the work of a particular center, institute, academic department, or other unit of the University. They may be named at the following levels:

Distinguished: $100,000

Prize: $50,000

Named: $25,000 

Endowments for Excellence will be named at the behest of the donor: for example, the Chester and Margaret Paluch Endowment for Excellence in Preaching.

With the consent of the donor, appropriate recognition will be offered, including the display of the benefactor’s name on the Endowments for Excellence Recognition Wall in the Main Building, annual reports, and invitations to special recognition events.

 Representatives of the Seminary will be happy to discuss with you the ways in which your Endowment for Excellence might benefit an area of particular need at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.

To learn more, please contact:

Ryan Butts
Major Gifts Officer
(847) 970-4951
rbutts@usml.edu

Endowed Library Collections

The Feehan Memorial Library and McEssy Theological Resource Center at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary are at the heart of the Seminary’s mission to prepare candidates to be priests of Jesus Christ. 

 The rich research collections housed in the Library provide sources of intellectual and spiritual growth for the seminarians preparing for pastoral ministry as diocesan priests in the service of the Catholic Church.  The Library collections also support the Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology, authorized by the Sacred Congregation to grant advanced degrees in sacred theology, to foster teaching and research concerning Christian revelation, especially as understood in the Catholic dogmatic and theological tradition.

 The Library must continue to acquire new materials in order to provide the University’s seminarians and faculty the best scholarly resources documenting new ideas and research.   A university’s distinction and reputation invariably correspond with the depth and breadth of its library collections and information services.

Endowed collections help Mundelein Seminary to keep its library resources on pace with the constantly evolving teaching and research needs of its seminarians and distinguished faculty. Benefactors may establish a library endowment at the following levels:

Distinguished: $100,000

Prize: $50,000

Named: $25,000 

Library collections will be named at the behest of the donor: for example, the Chester and Margaret Paluch Collection in Church History.

With the consent of the donor, appropriate recognition will be offered, including the display of a plaque etched with the benefactor’s name in the Feehan Memorial Library, annual reports, and invitations to special recognition events.

To learn more about endowing a library collection, please contact:

Ryan Butts
Major Gifts Officer
(847) 970-4951
rbutts@usml.edu

Capital Gifts

Mundelein Seminary’s beautiful campus plays an important role in student and visitor experiences, and is itself one of the Seminary’s most important assets.  Furthermore, the campus was the site of a major event in American Catholicism.  The first International Eucharistic Congress hosted in the United States was held in the Archdiocese of Chicago in June of 1926, and on the final day the events were held at Mundelein Seminary. The closing Benediction was given in the Belvidere overlooking Lake Saint Mary.  More than five-hundred thousand people journeyed to the Seminary that day for these ceremonies, and joined in the procession with the Eucharist around the Lake. 

Most of the Seminary’s historic buildings were constructed in the decade from 1920 to 1930.  Properly updated and equipped, the Seminary’s facilities and grounds can continue to serve the needs and lift the spirits of many generations to come.

Benefactors may name capital projects at varying amounts, as determined by the officers of the University in careful consultation with the University architect.

 

Current Projects and Opportunities:

Refectory Renovation

The Refectory prepares and serves meals to seminarians, faculty, staff, Conference Center guests, and other campus visitors on a daily basis.  It is the site of numerous gatherings throughout the year for lectures, meetings, and special events.  As an example, the Village of Mundelein celebrated their Centennial in 2009 with a reception and dinner held in the Seminary Refectory.  We are seeking to renew the space with the addition of a new entrance that includes more restrooms, a student café and relocate the campus bookstore.  We also plan an expansion of the actual dining room and addition of a private executive dining suite for more intimate dinners. Because of the Refectory’s proximity to the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, the planned washroom renovations will also provide additional facilities for use by visitors to major events in the Main Chapel, like our Annual Christmas Concert.

Architectural drawing

Floor Plan

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