Father Marty Barnum Retires

Posted on July 5, 2018

Father Marty Barnum Retires

Father Marty Barnum’s current titles — director of the pastoral internship program, director of international students, associate dean of formation and assistant professor in the department of pastoral theology and canon law — only partially indicate the decades of experience he possessed before his arrival at Mundelein as a faculty member in 2005. A large part of his job at Mundelein was ensuring that the seminarians entrusted to his care develop a balanced priestly spirituality that sets them up to be healthy and effective leaders in their ministry.

“Father Barnum’s capacity as a scholar-practitioner is what made his contribution to Mundelein Seminary so valuable,” said Fr. Thomas A. Baima, the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs.  “As the former pastor of a large suburban parish and school, and as dean of formation at another seminary, he came to Mundelein uniquely positioned to accompany the seminarians with the wisdom of experience.”

Having served at Chicago-area parishes in Winnetka, Niles, Arlington Heights and Wauconda, he was able to apply years of working with, for and alongside the people of God to the pastoral formation of hundreds of Mundelein seminarians, making them better shepherds (and shorter homilists) in the process. After stints as a member of the faculties of Quigley Seminary North; Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisc.; and, for the last 13 years, at Mundelein, Barnum will now retire with the thanks and gratitude of generations of Mundelein alumni, all of whom are better pastors because of his expert advice, wise guidance and kind encouragement.

Other Staff Departures

After more than 10 years as a member of Mundelein’s faculty, Dr. Chris McAtee  will be leaving Mundelein to take a position at nearby Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wis. Once a seminarian at Mundelein himself, McAtee has served Mundelein since 2005, most recently as associate academic dean, director of the doctor of ministry program, and as an assistant professor in the Department of Pastoral Theology and Canon Law.


Linda Bahna was the friendly face behind the counter to thousands of Conference Center guests for the past 21 years. She will be retiring to spend more time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.