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Teaching Parish Program

The Tolton Teaching Parish Program is at the heart of seminarian formation at Mundelein. This innovative program immerses our seminarians in parish life throughout their time in seminary. Every seminarian (and second-year Pre-Theology students) are assigned to one of more than 80 teaching parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago and nearby dioceses. Spending their entire seminary tenure at the same parish, they are able to form true bonds with parishioners and fully invest themselves in the life of the parish. Our seminarians spend time each week at their teaching parishes—learning practical and pastoral skills from experienced mentor pastors, participating in Masses and parish events, getting to know parishioners personally, and gaining a better understanding of what it takes to shepherd a community of faith.

While the Teaching Parish Program is an essential educational experience, it is also an opportunity for our seminarians to enrich local parishes through their presence and spiritual gifts. Seminarians are frequently called upon to teach CCD and RCIA classes, lead parish Bible studies and small faith-sharing groups, and attend youth and young adult group meetings and events. By interacting with the lay community in these ways, they learn to pass on their faith—inspiring vocations in young Catholics and renewing hope in the future of the Church.

The seminarians also grow in their sense of priestly identity. This helps to ground them in selfless dedication to the local Church which they will serve one day as diocesan parish priests.

The process of priestly formation proceeds along a series of sequential stages that are designed to configure the seminarian’s life to that of Christ. This means that his identity must increasingly resemble the qualities that Jesus himself manifested to his disciples.

He must take on the heart of a shepherd, ready to compassionately lead God’s people without a domineering attitude.

He must develop a servant’s heart, willing to put the needs of others before his own and be able to offer competent assistance in a wide variety of situations and to people of disparate backgrounds.

And he must come to see himself as the spouse of Christ’s Church, able to sacrifice his own needs and desires out of love for her people.

Throughout this process, he is accompanied in multiple ways by people who are entrusted by the Church to help him grow intellectually, spiritually, pastorally, and in his ability to know himself better and to interact more effectively with others. The Teaching Parish Program is an essential element in this formation process.

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Current Teaching Parishes

Ascension

Oak Park

IL

Cathedral of St. Raymond

Joliet

IL

Christ the Teacher University Parish

De Kalb

IL

Good Shepherd

Chicago

IL

Holy Ghost

Wood Dale

IL

Holy Name Cathedral

Chicago

IL

Immaculate Conception

Chicago

IL

Immaculate Conception

Elmhurst

IL

Mar Thoma Sleeha Syromalabar Cathedral

Bellwood

IL

Mary, Seat of Wisdom

Park Ridge

IL

Most Blessed Trinity

Waukegan

IL

Our Lady of Mercy

Aurora

IL

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Chicago

IL

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Glenview

IL

Our Lady of Ransom

Niles

IL

Our Lady of the Woods

Orland Park

IL

Our Lady of Victory

Chicago

IL

Prince of Peace

Lake Villa

IL

Santa Maria del Popolo

Mundelein

IL

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Des Plaines

IL

Ss. Faith, Hope and Charity

Winnetka

IL

St. Alexis

Bensenville

IL

St. Alphonsus

Chicago

IL

St. Anastasia

Waukegan

IL

St. Andrew

Chicago

IL

St. Andrew Kim

Itasca

IL

St. Ansgar

Hanover Park

IL

St. Bartholomew

Chicago

IL

St. Bridget

Loves Park

IL

St. Catherine Laboure

Glenview

IL

St. Columbanus

Chicago

IL

St. Damian

Oak Forest

IL

St. Dismas

Waukegan

IL

St. Dominic

Bolingbrook

IL

St. Edna

Arlington Heights

IL

St. Edward

Chicago

IL

St. Emily

Mt. Prospect

IL

St. Gall

Chicago

IL

St. Gilbert

Grayslake

IL

St. Hubert

Hoffman Estates

IL

St. James

Highwood

IL

St. James

Arlington Heights

IL

St. Joan of Arc

Evanston

IL

St. John Brebeuf

Niles

IL

St. John Cantius

Chicago

IL

St. John Fisher

Chicago

IL

St. John of the Cross

Western Springs

IL

St. John the Baptist

Winfield

IL

St. John the Evangelist

Streamwood

IL

St. Josaphat

Chicago

IL

St. Joseph

Libertyville

IL

St. Joseph

Downers Grove

IL

St. Jude

Joliet

IL

St. Juliana

Chicago

IL

St. Julie Billiart

Tinley Park

IL

St. Leonard

Berwyn

IL

St. Mary

Buffalo Grove

IL

St. Mary

Mokena

IL

St. Mary

Griffith

IN

St. Mary Immaculate

Plainfield

IL

St. Mary of the Annunciation

Mundelein

IL

St. Mary of Vernon

Indian Creek

IL

St. Mary’s Knanaya Catholic Parish

Morton Grove

IL

St. Matthew Church

Glendale Heights

IL

St. Michael

Orland Park

IL

St. Norbert

Northbrook

IL

St. Pascal

Chicago

IL

St. Patrick

St. Charles

IL

St. Peter

Volo

IL

St. Peter Damian

Bartlett

IL

St. Raphael the Archangel

Old Mill Creek

IL

St. Tarcissus

Chicago

IL

St. Theresa

Palatine

IL

St. Thomas of Villanova

Palatine

IL

St. Walter

Roselle

IL