Mundelein Seminary | Events
Mass & Marian Crowning
The Mass & Marian Crowning is a public event hosted by Mundelein Seminary on Sunday, May 4, 2014. Fr. Robert Barron, Rector of Mundelein Seminary, President of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake and Founder of Word On Fire Catholic Ministries will be the Celebrant and Homilist.
This Sunday morning event is free and open to the public by reserving your space here online. The event begins at 8:30am and should conclude around 11:30am and includes the Marian Crowning, Mass in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, Eucharistic Procession and a light brunch reception afterwards.
Because the space is limited, reservations are required.
40th Anniversary of the Summer Scripture Seminar at USML this Summer
The 40th Anniversary of the Summer Scripture Seminar is happening June 22-27 and features some of the best Scripture scholars in the world. Fr. Robert Barron is hosting dinner that Thursday night, followed by his lecture on the archetype of kingship in the OT.
For More Information visit Summer Scripture Seminar on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SummerScriptureSeminar or online at www.SummerScripture.org.
Meyer Lecture Series Starts Marth 27th!
On Thursday, March 27th and Friday, March 28th Mundelein Seminary will welcome Most Reverend Arthur Roche, Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, to the 2014 Albert Cardinal Meyer Lecture Series. Archbishop Roche will give two lectures: Actuosa Participatio: Notes towards an understanding of active participation in the Sacred Liturgy, and Prayer as Teacher: Actuosa Participatio as understood in the great texts of the Church’s Liturgy.
Father Douglas Martis, Director of the Liturgical Institute and Assistant Professor, and Fr. Ronald Kunkel, Director of Liturgy and Assistant Professor, will respond to the lectures.
The lectures will take place in the Cardinal Mundelein Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening and 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning. Faculty, staff and all graduate students are welcome to attend. The lecture series is part of seminarian formation. We are delighted to have Archbishop Roche with us for this lecture series.
Cardinal George to Visit Mundelein Seminary 3/26
On Wednesday, March 26th His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., will be with us for Vespers in the John Paul II Chapel. We look forward to the Cardinal’s visit. After Vespers, the Cardinal will have dinner with the fourth year Chicago men who are preparing for priesthood ordination this May.
Retreat: Religious Themes in the Harry Potter Series
The Cardinal Stritch Retreat House invites you for Reflections on Faith:
Religious Themes in the Harry Potter Series
Father John Lodge, professor of New Testament Studies at Mundelein Seminary, is also an avid reader of the Harry Potter series. Although some people have expressed concerns about the virtues of Harry Potter, Father Lodge shows how there are strong Christian themes throughout the books. If you enjoy reading Harry Potter, you will enjoy the reflections by Father Lodge.
Cost | $100.00 Includes over-night accomadations, breakfast, lunch and snacks.
Retreat | Begins Thursday February 6 at 7:30 PM and concludes with lunch on Friday February7.
Register | Call Eva at 847.566.6060
Second Theology Chicago Dinner with Cardinal George
The second theologians studying for the Archdiocese of Chicago will be having dinner with Cardinal George on Tuesday even-ing, January 14th. These dinners provide an opportunity for the men from Chicago to spend some time with Cardinal George and discuss their call to the priesthood.
TIME Magazine names Pope Francis Person of the Year
Pope Francis: “The People’s Pope”
"He took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing. The first non-European pope in 1,200 years is poised to transform a place that measures change by the century" - Howard Chua-Eoan and Elizabeth Dias, TIME Magazine, 12.11.13
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Watch exclusive footage from the Christmas Concert!
The annual Christmas Concert took place on Sunday, December 8th in the Auditorium. More than 800 people attended for Christmas carols and sacred music.
The Seminarian Christmas Choir and Handbells performed with the City Lights Orchestra.Watch the 8 minute clip of the choir below, filmed by John Lamansky, performing Veni Veni, Emmanuel, Gesu Bambino, O Holy Night and Hallelujah Chorus.
Don’t miss our final Exploring Priesthood Weekend for this academic year!
April 4-6, 2014 | Mundelein Seminary
This last Exploring Priesthood Weekend will be held April 4-6. These retreat-like weekends allow men to visit Mundelein and learn about our seminary community. Meet with priests, seminarians and other men considering a call to the priesthood.
"I thank all of you for your support, especially Fr. Francis Li who serves as a great inspiration and mentor. As I continue to open my heart to Christ and be conscious of Him moving through me and others, I ask that you please keep me in your prayers as I will do the same for you. "Caritas Christi Vrget Nos" / (The love of Christ urges us on)" - Christian Shiu
Practical steps for discerning a vocation, Values of priesthood, Seminary life, academics, spiritual formation and pastoral ministry - and, Seminarians share their vocation stories.
Several Worship Opportunities, including the Celebration Mass
Men are encouraged to ask questions, interact with seminarians and priests, pray in chapels, walk the grounds, or use the recreational facilities (pool, gymnasium, weight room). By fully engaging in the opportunities provided on the retreat, men are more able to understand where God is leading them.
An Exploring Priesthood Weekend Participant Shares his Experience...
"As a relatively new Catholic, I often think about what the Faith means to me: how it shapes and molds me, and brings me closer to God. It seems like years have passed since I received the Sacraments of Initiation, but in actuality it has only been 9 months. Yet in that time, so much has happened – from my journey as a lector, sacristan, commentator, to volunteering at the parish office.
And although these capacities vary in nature, they share a common thread: service. With this, I am drawn to these questions: How can I serve God and others? What does God have planned for me? What vocation is God leading me to? As I continue to discern God’s call, I often think of priests and how they serve others so selflessly; how they facilitate our union with Christ through the Sacraments, and how they proclaim and live the Gospel. The thought of this touches my heart and continues to fuel my desire to seriously consider a vocation to priesthood. Even now, my involvement with various aspects of the Liturgy – an area that brings me closer to what the priest does – has helped me to develop that unique closeness to God and the Eucharist."
To further my discernment, I recently attended a weekend retreat at Mundelein Seminary called “Exploring Priesthood.” With this unique and memorable opportunity, I was able to interact with seminarians who shared their vocation stories and explained how they came to feel God's call to the priesthood. And it was their openness and honesty that not only affirmed for me that priesthood is a call to service, but also helped me to better understand how God sometimes reveals His plan to us by speaking through others, leaving behind subtle clues that may shift the course of one's journey. Prayer was another important aspect of the retreat: through daily mass, "morning" and "night" prayer (lauds and vespers), and Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, I was able to connect with God, bringing about feelings of peace, happiness, and joy. And with these emotions, it is clear to me that the call to priesthood is something that I cannot simply ignore.
Therefore, to delve deeper into the elements of discernment, I will be joining a weekly program called "In-Search." "In-Search" allows one to meet with other men who are going through the same process of discernment, as well as with a diocesan priest who will share his vocation story and provide insight on a particular area of priesthood. (Q&A sessions and socialization follows.) I look forward to being a part of this group!
For more information, contact:
Fr. Francis Bitterman - Vocation Director
312-534-8298 - email@example.com
Fr. Chris Ciomek at
847.970.4841 - firstname.lastname@example.org
847.970.4851 - email@example.com
Mundelein Seminary is located at:
1000 East Maple Avenue, Mundelein, IL 60060
Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration
Join Us December 11th and 12th to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe!
December 11th | South Side Refectory
12:15pm: Lunch Talk: "Guadalupe and The New Evangelization" - with - Keynote Speaker: Msgr. Diego Monrroy, Former Rector of The Bascilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City
December 12th | Immaculate Conception Chapel
6:45am: Mananitas" Marian Serenade
7:15am: Morning Prayer
7:40am: Mass Celebrated by Bishop John Manz
2013 Christmas Concert
The Auditorium at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake: 1000 East Maple Avenue | Mundelein, IL 60060
Sunday | December 8, 2013 | 2:00pm
Featuring | The City Lights Orchestra, Conducted by Mr. Rich Daniels and our own Seminarian Christmas Choir
Event Free to the Public | For Information Call 847-970-4830
Sponsorship Opportunities are still available!
Platinum Sponsor - $5,000
(Back cover of the program book, full-page acknowledgment, introduction at the concert by Very Reverend Robert Barron, Rector/President)
Golden Sponsor - $2,500
(Inside back or inside front cover of program book, full-page acknowledgment, announced at the concert)
Silver Sponsor - $1,000
(Half-page acknowledgment in program book)
Concert Patron - $500
(Distinguished acknowledgment in program book)
Concert Sponsor - $250
(Prominent listing in program book)
Concert Friend - $150
(Listing in program book)
Or any level of free-will donation.
Thank you to all our sponsors!
December 1st Marks the First Sunday of Advent
Season of Waiting for the Coming of Jesus Christ commences December 1st
Priests' Convocation 2014
The Priesthood Well-Lived
The 2014 Priests' Convocation is fast approaching. We look forward to three days of reflecting on this theme, praying and worshipping together, having meals together, and spending time with old friends and meeting new brothers.
We invite you to the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles beginning the afternoon of Monday, June 16 through midday on Thursday, June 19. Sessions will include:
- Most Reverend Gustavo Garcia-Siller, Archbishop of San Antonio, Texas
- Fr. Lou Cameli of our own Archdiocese of Chicago
- A Panel made up of a few Auxiliary Bishops and Chicago Priests
- A Panel of our Chicago Laity including young adults
- Various workshop opportunities to choose from
Location | Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles
Date | Monday, June 16 through Thursday, Jun 19