Summer Scripture Conference 2020-CANCELED

When: June 21, 2020 - June 26, 2020

Summer Scripture Conference

June 21-26, 2020 –CANCELED


To all of the Summer Scripture Attendees,

It is with sorrow that we announce the cancellation of the Summer Scripture Conference 2020. Due to the uncertainty of the current situation, the administrators of  the University of Saint Mary of the Lake considered the health and safety of our faithful attendees, the presenters and the staff when carefully considering the options.

The opinions and survey results were evenly split among the attendees; therefore, the decision was made to refund the registrations fees. As a small consolation to all, we have arranged for 1 speaker to present a pre-recorded series of 3 lectures with free access. I will create this link to be made available in June. We are very grateful for your continued interest and loyalty to the Summer Scripture Conferences.

Summer Scripture is unique in that the conference creates an unscripted retreat like atmosphere, producing subtleness and peace complemented by the beautiful and historic campus. This feature is irreplaceable and one of the enticements for many who register.

An online format limits those warm and deep discussions among speakers and attendees, and the beauty of Night Prayer, and the active socials that encourages new friendships. Many look forward to this event as a respite and a time to refresh. In person social interaction is an evident loss during these times.

Please look for updates concerning the Summer Scripture Conference 2021. The dates are June 20-25, 2021.The theme is Science and the Bible. We are truly looking forward to the next Summer Scripture Conference 2021!.


May God Bless and Keep You,

Diana Bernacki -Program Coordinator- Institute for Pastoral Leadership

Michelle Shaffer- Associates Director– Institute for Pastoral Leadership

Linda Couri- Director– Institute for Pastoral Leadership


Intended Audience:

Any lover of Sacred Scripture.

Speakers and audience come from anywhere across and even outside the United States. The approximate audience is a blend of ordained priests & deacons, religious brothers or sisters, lay ministers, educators, catechists and those seeking deeper knowledge of Scripture.

The Summer Scripture Conference is the premier continuing education program of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake by the Institute for Ongoing Formation.  Since the early 1970’s, it has enjoyed a loyal commitment on the part of participants.  Ninety percent of our students return each year.

The Summer Scripture Conference has become a community of women and men committed to ministry and learning in the Church.

The Conference was begun and inspired by Vatican II and continues on, anchored by the understanding of Scripture as the soul of theology.

The Summer Scripture Conference is a cooperative venture by the Institute for Ongoing Formation and the Department of Biblical Exegesis and Proclamation of Mundelein Seminary at the University of St. Mary of the Lake.

The outstanding faculty of the program is drawn from the top biblical scholars and theologians in the United States.




Presented by the Institute for Pastoral Leadership

Diana Bernacki, Program Coordinator
dbernacki@usml.edu  OR  847-837-4575

All rooms private with private bath (unless coming with chosen roommate)

Rooms are all air-conditioned

Wi Fi is available all over campus

Rooms are furnished with bedding and towels, bar soap.

Rooms do NOT have alarm clocks, televisions or hair dryers

Please park in Purple Lot

Check in at South Residence Hall building 300

Campus map and directions are available at: www.usml.edu


1000 E Maple Ave, Mundelein, IL 60060, United States