USML | Giving Societies


Giving Societies


We want you to get the recognition you deserve.
That’s why we have recognition societies.

Recognition societies honor and thank those alumni, parents, and friends who provide us with a high level of annual support. Members enjoy a number of benefits, including invitations to members-only events and special Mundelein Seminary communications.

The Rector's Circle Major Giving Society

The high level of annual unrestricted support provided by the alumni, parents, and friends who invest in Mundelein Seminary through membership in the Rector's Circle is treasured by the leadership of Mundelein Seminary.  Unrestricted gifts have a direct and immediate impact on our seminarians.

The Saint Mary of the Lake Legacy Society

Planned gifts create extraordinary opportunities to support Mundelein Seminary. The Saint Mary of the Lake Society is comprised of alumni, parents, and friends who, through thoughtful estate planning, deferred giving, and other forms of planned giving, ensure that resources will be available to support Mundelein Seminary far into the future.

Rector's Circle Major Giving Society

The Rector’s Circle

“As Rector/President of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, I have the great privilege of spending time with members of the Rector’s Circle at special events throughout the year. The Rector’s Circle is unique:  Our members share an interest in our seminarians and a commitment to seeing Mundelein Seminary flourish. Rector’s Circle members have a profound impact on the institution – and by extension on the future of the Catholic Church – by assisting one of the largest Catholic seminaries in the nation to provide the highest quality education and formation to our future parish priests. I am fiercely proud of this place and grateful to all Rector’s Circle members and welcome those who are considering joining us.”


- Very Reverend Robert Barron


The Rector’s Circle is a group of supporters who provide Mundelein Seminary with a high level of annual unrestricted support.

Through their gifts, members of the Rector’s Circle: 

  • Provide financial aid for seminarians
  • Enhance academic and seminary life
  • Advance our Catholic mission
  • Support our areas of greatest need

Membership in the Rector’s Circle is an expression of your commitment to the seminarians and faculty at Mundelein Seminary. Through this giving society, your generosity and individual leadership supports our mission of educating and forming the next generation of parish priests.

How to Join

Joining the Rector’s Circle is easy! Simply make an unrestricted gift at one of the following tiers: 

  • Rector’s Circle - $1,000 or more 
  • Rector’s Circle Patron - $3,000 or more 
  • Rector’s Circle Benefactor - $5,000 or more
  • Rector’s Circle Ambassador - $10,000 or more

What do members experience?

Rector’s Circle members are invited to events throughout the year to see their gifts in action. These events allow members to meet the Rector/President, Very Reverend Robert Barron, mingle with other Rector’s Circle members, and visit with our seminarians.

What is the impact of membership?

Rector’s Circle members provide more than $300,000 in annual support for Mundelein Seminary. This leadership support allows for continued growth in the number of seminarians at Mundelein Seminary, and maintaining the excellent quality of education and formation for our future parish priests.


Questions? Please contact:

Ryan Butts
Director of Donor Relations and Major Gifts
(847) 970-4951


Saint Mary of the Lake Legacy Society

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