Rector’s Signature Events

Established 2023

The Rector’s Signature Events brings together those who are motivated to form priests, deacons, and the laity for parish leadership, ministry, and evangelization – adhering to timeless Truth while adapting to constant change.

Innovating Formation

University Mission Statement

To form a Church that consecrates the world to God, according to the heart of Christ through the Holy Spirit.

University Vision Statement

To form priests, deacons, and the laity for parish leadership, ministry, and evangelization—adhering to timeless Truth while adapting to constant change.

Opportunities for Support

The School of Parish Leadership & Evangelization/Escuel a de Liderazgo para la Evangelización (SPLE/ELE)

The SPLE/ELE situates USML’s rich history of preparing men and women for lay and diaconate ministry within a new vision for fostering personal encounters with Jesus Christ.

Mundelein Seminary: Nurturing the Future of Parish Priests

At Mundelein Seminary, we are dedicated to a timeless mission: forming parish priests who are not only knowledgeable but also compassionate shepherds, prepared to guide others on their spiritual journeys.

Cor Iuxta Meum Project: Transforming Pastoral Formation

At the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, innovation and excellence in pastoral formation take center stage through the groundbreaking “Cor Iuxta Meum” (Latin for “After My Own Heart”) Project.

The Tolton Teaching Parish Program: Forming Shepherds of Tomorrow

At Mundelein Seminary, we understand that the formation of future priests goes beyond the classroom.

Empowering Tomorrow’s Parish Priests: The Mundelein Class Sponsors Program

The Mundelein Class Sponsors Program is an initiative born from the essence of accompaniment and the shared commitment to nurturing the future leaders of the Catholic Church.

Spanish Language Program at Mundelein Seminary

The Spanish Language Program at Mundelein Seminary equips future priests with the linguistic skills necessary to serve an increasingly diverse Catholic community.

Endowed Chairs and Professorships

Endowed chairs and professorships are the highest honors the university confers on prominent faculty members.

Forming the next generation of parish leaders for service to God and His people.

Community Events

Planned Giving

Donor Recognition

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Event Gallery

11.27.2023 / 5:00 PM

An Evening of New Beginnings

06.24.2024 / 5:00 PM

Innovations in Lay and Priestly Formation


09.23.2024 / 5:00 PM

Supporting the Future of Ministry Leadership Formation


12.02.2024 / 5:00 PM

Preparing the Way for Advent


Make an Impact


USML receives grant to create program that simulates pastoral situations

Students at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary will be able to practice pastoral encounters in a safe, supportive environment with the help of a $5 million grant from the Lilly Endowment.

Impact Stories