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2023 Paluch Lecture Series

Join us on February 15, 2023, as we start the USML Paluch Lecture Series with Dr. Deborah Kanter, author of Chicago Católico: Making Catholic Parishes Mexican.

Dr. Kanter served as the John S. Ludington endowed professor of history and department chair at Albion College, and is the author of Chicago Católico, a book filled with stories about the unique evolution and relationship between Chicago and the Mexican Catholic community. The book completes her 20-year project to chronicle Mexican Catholic parishes in Chicago. She said, “I wanted to write a book that friends could give their moms for Christmas. I wanted to write a book for the general public.”

Books will be available for sale!


The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required.


Dr. Deborah Kanter, Professor Emerita at Albion College, will deliver this year’s 2023 Paluch Lecture:

  • Date: February 15, 2023
  • Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • USML/Mundelein Seminary 1000 East Maple Ave, Mundelein, IL 60060
  • Building #800P – Seminary Classroom Building 2nd Floor (no elevator available)
  • This event will be livestreamed. Link coming soon.

History of the USML Paluch Lecture Series

In 1990, the Chester and Margaret Paluch Chair of Theology was established through a generous donation to foster theological studies at Mundelein Seminary. The first recipient of this honor from 1990-1993 was Rev. Eugene LaVerdiere, S.S.S. Past recipients have included; Dr. Edward Kantowicz, Dr. Ewert Cousins, Rev. Edward Oakes, S.J., Rev. Joseph Henchey, CSS, Sr. Sara Butler, M.S.B.T., Dr. David Fagerberg, Dr. Reinhard Huetter and Msgr. Paul McPartlan.

The central focus of the annual lecture, named for Margaret and Chester Paluch, is theology, but its range is broad and interdisciplinary, embracing different aspects of the study of religion and theology from various academic perspectives.