At Mundelein Seminary, we know that the role of parish priests extends far beyond church walls and out into the larger community. As missionary disciples, our seminarians should be well equipped to share the Lord’s message with people both near and far, inviting people into a cherished relationship with Him.
According to the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Renew My Church initiatives, Mundelein seeks to prepare our seminarians to transform society with the joy and truth of the Gospel, and to reach out in love to all who are in need, on the margin of society, or who live in fear and loneliness. Our missionary discipleship programs provide seminarians with the tools they need to reach out into communities far and wide, spreading the Word and bringing people to Christ:
- Through Clinical Pastoral Education ($3,500 per seminarian), seminarians are sent to work as trainee chaplains at hospitals all over the country, allowing them to reflect theologically on specific human situations and gain a new understanding of ministry.
- To better prepare our seminarians for ministering to increasingly diverse parishes here in the Chicago area and globally, Mundelein offers summer Spanish Language Immersion programs ($15,000) overseas.
- The Peace & Justice initiative ($10,000) offers opportunities for seminarians to become involved in Mundelein’s neighborhood communities, such as through the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity created by the Archdiocese of Chicago.
“The Love of Christ compels us to reach out in service, reshaping our parish into a mission-centered community. Do not bury your talents, the gifts God has given you! We all have a duty to do good.”
– Pope Francis