From the Rector/President
My name is Fr. John Kartje and I am the Rector/President of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. I am pleased to know that you are discerning priesthood and are considering Mundelein for your formation. A good resource to learn more about the seminary is our new website. This site is a great window into the life and mission of America's largest seminary. Please be assured of my prayers and those of the seminary community as you consider this decision.
When I became Rector in September 2015 I declared that the work of Mundelein would be focused on producing priests for the New Evangelization. Accordingly, the study and practice of evangelizing an increasingly secularized culture are now the principal concerns of both our students and our faculty.
In support of this effort we have implemented a new structure for our program of formation. The students will now be led along the three great spiritual paths: finding the center, knowing that you are a sinner, and realizing that your life is not about you. The ultimate purpose of this re-configuration is to produce priests who are deeply in love with Jesus Christ, who have come to terms with their attachments, addictions, and sin, and who are, consequently, ready to be sent on mission.
We implemented an academic curriculum to support the formation of priests for the New Evangelization. The M.Div. program sychronizes academics with the formation program, creating what we call "integral formation." Our faculty has intentionally rejected the so-called "university model," which separates spirituality and theology. Instead, we have embraced a patristic vision according to which head and heart are united.
I want to assure you that we are thrilled to be doing seminary work precisely at this challenging time in the history of the Church. We are delighted to play a role in providing priests for the New Evangelization. Please pray for all of us here at Mundelein, and know that we keep you close in prayer every day.
January 28 2016
Mundelein Seminarians March for Life in D.C.
On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, 26 seminarians and 1 priest from Mundelein marched for life in Washington, D.C., and bonded during the blizzard.
September 21 2015
Fr. Patrick O'Malley "Perspectives on the Scriptures" Memorial ConferenceFr. Patrick O’Malley was a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago for 56 years, passing away in 2013. Fr. O’Malley worked diligently and effectively to connect life with faith for the people of God. He had a great love for scripture and wrote “Perspectives on the Scriptures” for the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Catholic New World newspaper for many years.Through the generosity of the ACTA (Adult Catechetical Teaching Aids) Foundation, the first of three yearly conferences will take place on Saturday, October 31. The Fr. Patrick O’Malley “Perspectives on the Scriptures” Memorial Conference is designed for all people seeking a deeper relationship with Christ. It will be relevant for laity, deacons and priests. The focus of the 2015 conference will be on the Sunday Cycle C (Luke) of readings.The conference will be on the beautiful and sacred grounds of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. This life giving conference includes…9:00 - 9:30 a.m. - Fruit, Coffee, Juice9:30 a.m. - Welcome, Opening Prayer by Fr. Thomas Baima, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs9:40 a.m. - ACTA Foundation Fr. O'Malley Project and Amazing Contributions of Fr. O'Malley by Msgr. John Canary, Vicar General Emeritus and Fr. Ron Lewinski, Delegate for Parish Transformation.10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Two talks each by noted scripture scholars Fr. John Lodge, professor of Biblical Studies, and Fr. John Kartje, Rector/President4:00 p.m. - Mass with Fr. John KartjeThe Conference will take place at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Conference Center, Room 102
August 13 2015
July 10 2015
26 Mundelein Seminarians at the Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF) in Omaha
We have 26 Mundelein seminarians at the Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF) in Omaha this summer. Some of our priests visited them. While they were there they prayed Vespers and enjoyed a dinner out at an Omaha restaurant.
June 30 2015
Very Rev. Thomas A. Baima meets Pope Francis in International Encounter
The Very Rev. Thomas A. Baima, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, was an invited delegate to the international encounter of Buddhists and Catholics held last week at Castel Gandolfo, Italy. The theme was Suffering, Liberation and Fraternity. Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, gave the keynote address.
May 27 2015
Dr. David Fagerberg Speaks at the University Club of Chicago
This year's Paluch Lecturer, Dr. David Fagerberg of Notre Dame, spoke at the University Club of Chicago on May 26, 2015.
Celebration of Mundelein
Mercy as a Biblical Theme and Lenten Spiritual Guide with Fr. John Kartje
2015 Christmas Concert
Fr. Patrick O'Malley "Perspectives on the Scriptures" Memorial Conference
Rector's Mass: Meet the New Rector on October 18th
Mass and Marian Crowning