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Looking Back at the Top Stories of 2021

Posted on January 6, 2022

As we look ahead to the possibilities and promise of a new year, take a final look back on the most impactful stories of 2021 at Mundelein Seminary.

10. RE-FORMED AND RENEWED | ONLINE BIBLE STUDY WITH FATHER JOHN KARTJE

The Summer Online Bible Study with Father John Kartje had over 1,000 participants! Fortunately, this series is just as applicable in the winter months, so sign up today to receive content: usml.edu/bible-study.

 

9. ON A MISSION HIGHLIGHTS SEMINARIAN SOCIAL JUSTICE OUTREACH

Seminarian Robert Lamorena of the Diocese of San Jose received the 2020-2021 Monsignor Canary Theological Education Grant. This grant is awarded to seminarians and faculty members in alternating years to allow them to pursue a project outside of their standard formation and teaching responsibilities.

Lamorena released a seven-part series, On a Mission, which features interviews with Mundelein seminarians from dioceses across the country, highlighting the diverse service projects and social justice outreach in which they are engaged.

8. BISHOP GORMAN HONORED AT THE RECTOR’S CLASSIC AWARDS DINNER

In our centennial year, the Rector’s Classic was a fitting occasion to honor our former rector, the Most Reverend John R. Gorman ‘52, with the 2021 In Service of One Another Catholic Humanitarian Award. This award was inspired by Cardinal Bernardin and recognizes a significant contribution supporting the dignity of the human person as embodied in Catholic teaching. Bishop Gorman was the fourth rector of Mundelein Seminary serving from 1966-1973. He was formerly the pastor of Saint Michael Parish in Orland Park, IL, and later the director of the Department of Parish/Pastoral Services. As a bishop, he served as vicar for regional services/vicar general and vicar for Vicariate I and Vicariate V in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Our current rector Father John Kartje said, “His spirit of servant leadership is what we try to instill in our seminarians.”

7. LEGACY SOCIETY | DEDICATION OF DONOR APPRECIATION DISPLAY

On November 3, generous donors and members and representatives of our Saint Mary of the Lake Legacy Society joined our seminarians, faculty and staff for a special Mass and dedication. Father John Kartje delivered a homily on the meaning and origins of the word “legacy.” You can listen to it HERE.

The Mass was followed by a blessing and dedication of our new donor appreciation display in Mundelein Hall by Monsignor John Canary who was rector from 1995-2006. Learn more about our giving societies and how your support can make a lasting impact on the future of the Church.

6. PODCAST Q&A SESSIONS

Our podcast Formation delivered a variety of stories, homilies and Q&As with our seminarians. Did you miss any of these great episodes? There’s no time like the present to catch up!

5. “AD MULTOS ANNOS” | BISHOP RONALD HICKS ’94 RECEIVES AS THOSE WHO SERVE AWARD

Watch Bishop Ronald Hicks, Mundelein Seminary Class of 1994 and bishop of the Diocese of Joliet, deliver his acceptance speech at the 2021 Celebration of Mundelein where he was presented with the As Those Who Serve Award. Throughout the diverse roles of his priestly ministry, Bishop Hicks has remained a beacon of holiness, a model of humility and a champion for the marginalized.

4. CELEBRATING THE YEAR OF SAINT JOSEPH

Pope Francis announced that 2021 is the Year of Saint Joseph, honoring the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Joseph as the patron of the universal Church. The USML/Mundelein Seminary community responded with in a variety of opportunities to grow in personal holiness and reflect on the life of Saint Joseph. We hope you will “go to Joseph” with us as you enjoy this lecture series filmed last year. You can also watch insightful interviews with seminarians who completed the 30-Day Consecration to Saint Joseph.

3. CENTENNIAL HOLY HOURS TOUR

To celebrate our centennial, parishes across Chicago and neighboring dioceses are hosting Holy Hours for Vocations with a historic monstrance that was a gift to Cardinal Mundelein from Pope Pius XI for the 1926 International Eucharistic Congress in Chicago—the first Congress to be held in the United States. The monstrance was used in a Eucharistic Procession during the closing ceremony of the congress, which was held at Mundelein Seminary and attended by nearly 800,000 people.

The first Centennial Holy Hour for Vocations was held on Friday, October 1, 2021, at Saint Emily Catholic Church in Mount Prospect. Over 75 people attended the extended exposition that afternoon. To see the full story, click here.

Join us in prayerful thanksgiving for the thousands of parish priests who have devoted their lives to the Church as well as in praying that more men will answer the promptings of the Holy Spirit to discern their call.

Check this page for updates to the Holy Hour schedule and additional locations as the tour continues in 2022.

2. PRIESTLY ORDINATIONS IN 2021

With your prayers and support, we were blessed to have 31 men from 15 dioceses across the country and around the world ordained to the priesthood in the Mundelein Seminary Class of 2021.

1. CENTENNIAL KICKOFF CELEBRATION | OCTOBER 17, 2021

Our celebration began with a kickoff event and a beautiful Mass on October 17, concelebrated by Cardinal Wilton Gregory ’73 of the Archdiocese of Washington and Cardinal Blase Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Click here to watch the Mass and see photos.

In honor of our centennial year, we also launched a new website with lots of stories on the seminary’s significant impact on the history of the Catholic Church: www.mundelein100.org


None of these stories would have been possible without the steadfast prayers, support and donations of our many benefactors. We are so grateful for your support of our mission to continue forming priests who will serve as holy bridges between Christ and His people.

Together with you in Christ, we are Mundelein. We form parish priests.

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