From all of us at USML/Mundelein Seminary, I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! Despite the circumstances we are all facing this year, the holiday is still a timely opportunity to pause and reflect on all of the blessings we have in our lives. I would like to name a few of the things that I am thankful for in this unprecedented year, knowing that God’s grace and your support have helped to make them possible.
I am grateful for the 138 seminarians from 30 dioceses who safely returned to campus and attended classes in person this fall, while also staying healthy before heading home for Thanksgiving and to finish the semester at a parish in their diocese. Please continue to keep them in your prayers as they transition back to online learning and continue their formation.
I am grateful for the hundreds of Mundelein Seminary alumni priests who are ministering to their flocks across the country and around the world. Their seminary formation is meant to sustain them through difficult times like these, as they encounter parishioners who need healing, support and a reminder of the hope we find in Jesus Christ. Please pray for strength for all priests and support your own parish priests in whatever ways you can.
I am grateful for the many benefactors, donors and friends of Mundelein Seminary who sustain our mission to form a new generation of holy parish priests. Without your support, the seminary would simply not exist. I am especially grateful to those of you who have already contributed to our Blessings Begin Here initiative and are bringing us closer to our $50,000 matching grant goal. I know the Lord is inspiring people to generosity, and I am humbled that our supporters recognize the importance of forming priests for the future of the Church, even in a year when finances are tight for so many.
It is my prayer that the peace of Christ will surround and sustain you throughout the coming weeks, as we begin the Advent journey that leads us to the lowly stable where our Savior was born to change the world. May we be granted the grace to recognize Christ’s love for us in every circumstance of our lives, filling our hearts with gratitude and joy.
Yours in the heart of Christ,
Father John Kartje
Rector/President, USML/Mundelein Seminary