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  • Summer Scripture Seminar starts | 6/19/2016


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    June 19-24, 2016    

  • Mercy as a Biblical Theme and Lenten Spiritual Guide with Fr. John Kartje | 2/9/2016

    and 3/9/2016

    In the Bible, the word "mercy" conveys a wide range of meanings used to characterize 
    the nature of God's covenantal relationship with  humanity. In this Lenten Season of conversion of heart and the Jubilee Year of Mercy, join Fr. John Kartje, Rector and President of Mundelein Seminary / USML, as we explore the spiritual riches of this complex biblical theme. Fr. John returns to St. Joseph Parish to lead us on a 4-session Lenten journey that traces the power of mercy through both the Old and New Testaments. Bring your Bible and a friend! 

    This series will take place on Tuesdays, February 9, 16 and 23 and concludes on Wednesday,  March 9.  All sessions in this series will be in the Koenig Center at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Libertyville, IL from 7:00PM-8:30PM.


    Registration is required. Information about St. Joseph and registration information here.   

  • 2015 Christmas Concert | 12/6/2015

    Be inspired by the sounds and songs of the season! Join us for this year’s Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 6 beginning at 2:00 p.m.

    Rich Daniels and the City Lights Orchestra along with the Mundelein Seminary Choir under the musical direction of Linda Cerabona create an afternoon filled with a most beautiful collection of Christmas music. It is a not-to-miss holiday event!

    Please note that doors open at 1:30 p.m. Your electronic confirmation will serve as your ticket and will be taken at the door. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    If you have a wheelchair, walker or cane, you may be dropped off on the north side of the auditorium before parking in one of primary campus parking lots.

    A donation of $20 per person is greatly appreciated to help cover the increasing costs of producing this tremendous Christmas show. Thank you for your consideration and generosity.

  • Fr. Patrick O'Malley "Perspectives on the Scriptures" Memorial Conference | 10/31/2015

    Fr. Patrick O’Malley was a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago for 56 years, passing away in 2013.  Fr. O’Malley worked diligently and effectively to connect life with faith for the people of God.  He had a great love for scripture and wrote “Perspectives on the Scriptures” for the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Catholic New World newspaper for many years.
    Through the generosity of the ACTA (Adult Catechetical Teaching Aids) Foundation, the first of three yearly conferences will take place on Saturday, October 31.  The Fr. Patrick O’Malley “Perspectives on the Scriptures” Memorial Conference is designed for all people seeking a deeper relationship with Christ.  It will be relevant for laity, deacons and priests.  The focus of the 2015 conference will be on the Sunday Cycle C (Luke) of readings. 
    The conference will be on the beautiful and sacred grounds of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.  This life giving conference includes…
    9:00 - 9:30 a.m. - Fruit, Coffee, Juice
    9:30 a.m. - Welcome, Opening Prayer by Fr. Thomas Baima, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs 
    9:40 a.m. - ACTA Foundation Fr. O'Malley Project and Amazing Contributions of Fr. O'Malley by Msgr. John Canary, Vicar General Emeritus and Fr. Ron Lewinski, Delegate for Parish Transformation. 
    10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Two talks each by noted scripture scholars Fr. John Lodge, professor of Biblical Studies, and Fr. John Kartje, Rector/President
    4:00 p.m. - Mass with Fr. John Kartje
    The Conference will take place at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Conference Center, Room 102
    To register please contact Mary Bertram at or sign up conference 2015.  The complete cost for the day will be only $10.
  • October 29, 2015 The Way of Beauty: A Hillenbrand Lecture with David Clayton | 10/29/2015

    Join the Liturgical Institute for a Hillenbrand Lecture with David Clayton, an artist, teacher, author and broadcaster who holds a permanent post as Artist-in-Residence and Lecturer in Liberal Arts at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. The Way of Beauty program, which he developed, focuses on Catholic culture with a special emphasis on art and the liturgy.

    Free and open to the public, but please call for a reservation: 847.837.4542.

    7:30 pm, Theology Classroom Building, Second Floor.


  • Rector's Mass: Meet the New Rector on October 18th | 10/18/2015

    Meet the New Rector on October 18th!
    Join us for the Rector's Mass on Sunday, October 18, where Very Reverend John Kartje will be presiding. Morning prayer will begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by Mass at 9:00 a.m. in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conceptions. A light brunch will be held after the Mass in the refectory where you can meet Fr. Kartje. 
  • Lay Leadership & Lay Ecclesial Ministry Opening Retreats | 8/21/2015

    The Opening Retreats for the incoming Lay Leadership and Lay Ecclesial Ministry cohorts will take place from 6pm, Friday, August 21 through 1pm, Sunday, August 23 at the USML Conference Center.  For details contact or 847-837-4550.


  • July 15, 2015: Liturgical Institute Fifteenth Anniversary Symposium and Celebration | 7/15/2015



    Join the Liturgical Institute for it's fifteenth anniversary celebration!

    Enjoy a symposium featuring Institute alumni, Mass, a festive dinner and conferring of the Spiritus Liturgiae Award. Institute students, faculty, alumni and friends welcome. Free admission to symposium sessions.


    Schedule of Events


    Tuesday, July 14th

    8:00 pm      Informal Reception, Conference Center Residence Living Room

    Wednesday, July 15th

    7:30 am      Breakfast, University Refectory

    8:30 am      Morning Prayer, Chapel of the Immaculate Conception


                                Anniversary Symposium featuring Institute Alumni

    9:00 am      Session 1: "Liturgical Pastoring in the Twenty-First Century"
                         Fr. Randy Stice, Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee

    10:45           Session 2: "The Musical Preparation of Seminarians"
                         Ms. Alexis Kutarna, St. Mary’s Seminary, Houston, Texas

    12 noon      Lunch, University Refectory

    1:00 pm      Session 3: "Liturgical Formation of High School Students"
                         Mr. Roland Millare, St. John XXIII High School, Katy, Texas

    2:45             Session 4: "Liturgical Studies in the Academy of the Twenty-First Century"
                         Dr. Daria Spezzano, Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island

    4:30             Anniversary Mass, Chapel of the Immaculate Conception

    5:30             Anniversary Banquet, University Refectory
                         Presentation of the Spiritus Liturgiae Award

                         Followed by a reception in the Conference Center Living Room

    Questions? Call 847.837.4542 or email us at




  • June 18, 2015: Marriage and Continence for the Kingdom—A Living Sign of the World to Come: A Hillenbrand Lecture with Dr. Perry Cahall | 6/18/2015


    Join the Liturgical Institute for a Hillenbrand Lecture with Dr. Perry Cahall, Associate Professor of Historical Theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum, where he teaches Theology and Church History. Dr. Cahall is a recognized authority and lecturer on Blessed Pope John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body.” He recently finished a manuscript for a book with the Institute’s Hillenbrand Books entitled The Mystery of Marriage: A Theology of the Body and the Sacrament.

    Free and open to the public, but please call for a reservation: 847.837.4542.

    7:30 pm, Theology Classroom Building, Second Floor.

  • Mass and Marian Crowning | 5/3/2015

    May Crowning Mass & Reception

    Sunday, May 3, 2015

    Mundelein Seminary
    1000 E. Maple Ave. 
    Mundelein, IL

    Meet in the Dowdle Memorial Garden behind the Main Chapel. 

    Crowning of Mary: 8:30am      Mass: 9:00am

    Recpetion following Mass 

    Eventbrite - Rector's May Crowning Mass

  • Mundelein Seminary Lecture Series: Dr. David Fagerberg on "Making the World Whole" | 4/22/2015


    Join us for a lucheon lecture with Dr. David Fagerberg, 2015 Paluch Chair of Theology, on Wednesday, April 22, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the University Club of Chicago in the Cathedral Room. Dr. Fagerberg's lecture is entitled "Making the World Whole: A Sacrifical Vision of Ordinary Life". Dr. Fagerberg's area of study is liturgical theology. In this talk, he will explore our belief in the world as sacrament and sacrifice in terms of "Doing the World" properly. If you want to know more about why the liturgy is related to everything, then this is the talk for you. 

  • A Celebration of Mundelein Seminary | 4/15/2015

    A Celebration of Mundelein Seminary
    An Evening of Tribute

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers
    301 East North Water Street
    Chicago, IL

    Reception: 5:30pm             Dinner: 6:30pm

    An evening of tribute honoring

    Father Ken Simpson

         Charles and Ellen Mulaney

    With the 2016

         With the 2016

     As Those Who Serve Award

          Christo Gloria Award



    Proceeds from this event will benefit scholarship support for the seminarians at Mundelein.

    RSVP by April 1, 2016
    For more information, please call (847)970-4830

  • Institution of Reader | 3/15/2015

    On Sunday, March 15, 2015 Most Rev. John R. Manz will preside at the Rite of Institution into the Ministry of Reader at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, University of Saint Mary of the Lake.  Six first year candidates will take part in the liturgy and become instituted Readers.

    At the institution, Bishop Manz will charge the men to be faithful in handing on the Word of God so that it may grow strong in the hearts of His people. Additionally, being an instituted Reader means “taking on a special office within the Christian community.” Besides proclaiming the word in the liturgical assembly, an instituted Reader is responsible for:

    - instructing children and adults in the faith;
    - preparing them to receive the sacraments worthily;
    - bringing the message of salvation to those who have not yet received it.

    This is an awesome responsibility as well as part of the continuing discernment process as each candidate moves forward on his journey in formation and listens to God’s plan for him in future ministry.


  • Meyer Lecture Series: Sherry Anne Weddell on "Forming Intentional Disciples" | 3/12/2015

    Forming Intentional Disciples

    Thursday, March 12, 2015

    Mundelein Seminary Auditorium  
    1000 E. Maple Ave. 
    Mundelein, IL 60060

    Begins: Thursday, March 12 at 7:00pm 

    Ends: Friday, March 13 at Noon


    Eventbrite - Meyer Lecture Series: Sherry Anne Weddell on "Forming Intentional Disciples"



  • Mundelein Seminary Lecture Series: Dr. Scott Hahn on "The Joy of the Gospel" | 3/10/2015

    The Joy of the Gospel: Scripture and the New Evangelization

    Tuesday, March 10, 2015

    University Club of Chicago 
    76 E. Monroe St. 
    Chicago, IL

    Room: Cathedral Room 

    Begins: 11:30am      Ends: 1:30pm

    Eventbrite - The Joy of the Gospel: Scripture and the New Evangelization: a luncheon event with Dr. Scott Hahn 

    For further details call (847)-970-4834


  • Rite of Candidacy | 10/12/2014

    On Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 1:30pm Auxiliary Bishop John R. Manz of the Archdiocese of Chicago will call nine men to the Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders (Order of Deacon) at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, University of St. Mary of the Lake.  These nine men will be formally enrolled as deacon candidates for the Institute for Diaconal Studies.

    Candidacy is the first official recognition by the Church of the positive signs of his vocation to the diaconate, which must be confirmed in the next three years of formation—a period that includes academic courses, spiritual formation and direction, pastoral ministry experiences, human/personal development, field education, internships, and much more.

    To get to this point in his formation, the men have journeyed through a one-year period of discernment called the Aspirancy Path that included prayer and spiritual formation sessions, an intensive and comprehensive course on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, days of reflection on the deacon’s share in the bishop’s ministries, field ministry experiences in ministering to a culturally diverse Church, a field education experience in Service to Charity, monthly spiritual direction, and a retreat during which he prayed and reflected, with his family, over his possible call to the ordained ministry of deacon. 

  • Sesiones de Información para el Programa de Diaconado Permanente 2015-2016 | 1/29/2015


    Si sientes el llamado a servir como diácono dentro de la iglesia, o si quieres saber qué es y de qué se trata el diaconado permanente, el Programa de Formación para el Diaconado Permanente del I.L.P. estará ofreciendo unas sesiones de información en distintos lugares de la arquidiócesis. En estas sesiones se presentará en qué consiste el programa y cuál es el proceso que se sigue. En estas sesiones también se responderá a inquietudes, preguntas, o situaciones particulares que se tengan con respecto al programa o su proceso.

    No necesita inscribirse para atender estas sesiones .









    Martes 14 de Julio

    Universidad Sta. María del Lago-Seminario de Mundelein (Edificio #201-Prist Center-)

    1000 E. Maple Ave., Mundlein, IL 60060

    7:00 p.m.


    Domingo 26 de Julio

    Parroquia Transfiguracion del Señor (Salón Parroquial)

    2609 W. Carmen, Chicago, Il 60625

    12:00 p.m. 

    Para mayor información contáctenos:


                                        Nelly Lorenzo               Daniel E. Ramírez-Flórez  

                                        847-837-4502                          847-837-4557


    En caso de no poder atender alguna sesión establecida, o de querer tener una sesión informativa en algún lugar particular, llámenos por favor al siguiente teléfono:

                                        (847) 837-4557

    O mándenos un correo electrónico a la siguiente dirección:



     Aquí encontrarás alguna información sobre el diaconado permanente y nuestro programa:

     Ver Información sobre qué es el Programa de Formación para el Diaconado Permanente

    Ver Información sobre el Ministerio Diaconal y los Requisitos para ser un Diácono Permanente



  • LMAP Summer Retreat by the Lake | 6/26/2015

    Monsignor Dennis Lyle with lead the Lay Mnistry Alumni Project retreat for graduates of the Lay Leadership program, June 27, 2015.  You can come on Friday afternoon or evening and stay overnight to enjoy some shared reflections, dinner and social with friends.  

    Registrations are being handled by Cardinal Stritch Retreat House, 847-566-6060.  You register and pay them directly.  The cost for the overnight stay with meals is $81.00 per person.  If you only come for the day, the cost is $21.00 per person.  In addition to the Retreat House cost, each person will pay $6.00 toward Msgr. Lyle's stipend for directing the retreat.  

    Space is limited!

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