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  • LMAP: Scripture Presentation by Dr. Pauline Viviano | 1/24/2015

    Alumni of Called & Gifted and Lay Leadership formation programs are welcome to attend the upcoming formation day:

    Saturday, January 24, 2015, 9am – 3pm

    Topic TBD

    Presenter: Dr. Pauline Viviano

    St. Edward Church Hall, Chicago

  • LMAP: Pastoral Leadership - Called to Make Disciples | 11/1/2014

    Alumni of Called & Gifted and Lay Leadership formation programs are welcome to attend the upcoming formation day:

    Saturday, November 1, 2014, 9am – 3pm

    Pastoral Leadership – Called to Make Disciples

    Presenter: Mark Mogilka, Diocese of Green Bay

    University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein

  • Lay Leadership & Lay Ecclesial Ministry Opening Retreats | 8/22/2014

    The Opening Retreats for the incoming Lay Leadership and Lay Ecclesial Ministry cohorts will take place from 6pm, Friday, August 22 through 12pm, Sunday, August 24 at the USML Conference Center.  For details contact or 847-837-4550.


  • LMAP: Scripture-based Retreat “Remain in Me” | 8/1/2014

    Alumni of the Called & Gifted and Lay Leadership programs are welcome to attend a retreat (overnight optional):

    Saturday, August 2, 2014 (check in available Friday evening, Aug. 1)

    Scripture-based Retreat: “Remain in Me”

    Retreat Leader: Dr. Kate Wiskus, M.A., D. Min.

    Location: Cardinal Stritch Retreat Center, Mundelein

    Time: 9am - 4pm, followed by mass for the retreatants

    Please complete this registration form to attend the retreat.

  • Priesthood Gold and Silver Jubilees | 5/2/2014

    Priests from the Archdiocese of Chicago are at Mundelein Seminary to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their ordation (Golden Jubilee, Class of 1964) and the 25th anniversary of their ordination (Silver Jubilee, Class of 1989). 

  • Mass & Marian Crowning | 5/4/2014

    The Mass & Marian Crowning is a public event hosted by Mundelein Seminary on Sunday, May 4, 2014. Fr. Robert Barron, Rector of Mundelein Seminary, President of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake and Founder of Word On Fire Catholic Ministries will be the Celebrant and Homilist.

    This Sunday morning event is free and open to the public by reserving your space here online. The event begins at 8:30am and should conclude around 11:30am and includes the Marian Crowning, Mass in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, Eucharistic Procession and a light brunch reception afterwards.

    Because the space is limited, reservations are required.

  • 40th Anniversary of the Summer Scripture Seminar at USML this Summer | 4/8/2014

    The 40th Anniversary of the Summer Scripture Seminar is happening June 22-27 and features some of the best Scripture scholars in the world. Fr. Robert Barron is hosting dinner that Thursday night, followed by his lecture on the archetype of kingship in the OT.

    For More Information visit Summer Scripture Seminar on Facebook: or online at 



  • Meyer Lecture Series Starts Marth 27th! | 3/25/2014

    On Thursday, March 27th and Friday, March 28th Mundelein Seminary will welcome Most Reverend Arthur Roche, Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, to the 2014 Albert Cardinal Meyer Lecture Series. Archbishop Roche will give two lectures: Actuosa Participatio: Notes towards an understanding of active participation in the Sacred Liturgy, and Prayer as Teacher: Actuosa Participatio as understood in the great texts of the Church’s Liturgy.

    Father Douglas Martis, Director of the Liturgical Institute and Assistant Professor, and Fr. Ronald Kunkel, Director of Liturgy and Assistant Professor, will respond to the lectures.

    The lectures will take place in the Cardinal Mundelein Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening and 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning. Faculty, staff and all graduate students are welcome to attend. The lecture series is part of seminarian formation. We are delighted to have Archbishop Roche with us for this lecture series.

  • Cardinal George to Visit Mundelein Seminary 3/26 | 3/25/2014

    On Wednesday, March 26th His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., will be with us for Vespers in the John Paul II Chapel. We look forward to the Cardinal’s visit. After Vespers, the Cardinal will have dinner with the fourth year Chicago men who are preparing for priesthood ordination this May.

  • Retreat: Religious Themes in the Harry Potter Series | 1/31/2014

    The Cardinal Stritch Retreat House invites you for Reflections on Faith: 

    Religious Themes in the Harry Potter Series

    Father John Lodge, professor of New Testament Studies at Mundelein Seminary, is also an avid reader of the Harry Potter series. Although some people have expressed concerns about the virtues of Harry Potter, Father Lodge shows how there are strong Christian themes throughout the books. If you enjoy reading Harry Potter, you will enjoy the reflections by Father Lodge.

    Cost |
    $100.00 Includes over-night accomadations, breakfast, lunch and snacks.

    Retreat | Begins Thursday February 6 at 7:30 PM and concludes with lunch on Friday February7.

    Register | Call Eva at 847.566.6060

  • Second Theology Chicago Dinner with Cardinal George | 1/14/2014

    The second theologians studying for the Archdiocese of Chicago will be having dinner with Cardinal George on Tuesday even-ing, January 14th. These dinners provide an opportunity for the men from Chicago to spend some time with Cardinal George and discuss their call to the priesthood.

  • TIME Magazine names Pope Francis Person of the Year | 12/31/2013

    Pope Francis: “The People’s Pope”

    "He took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing. The first non-European pope in 1,200 years is poised to transform a place that measures change by the century" - Howard Chua-Eoan and Elizabeth Dias, TIME Magazine, 12.11.13

    Read The Article Here

    Photo: Illustration by Bryan Drury for TIME; Photo reference: Alessandra Tarantino / AP


  • Get the Latest from Mundelein Seminary: Join Our Newsletter! | 12/27/2013

    Stay up-to-date on the latest happenings with Mundelein Seminary news, events and regular video reflections with Fr. Barron. 

  • Watch exclusive footage from the Christmas Concert! | 12/20/2013

    The annual Christmas Concert took place on Sunday, December 8th in the Auditorium. More than 800 people attended for Christmas carols and sacred music.  

    The Seminarian Christmas Choir and Handbells performed with the City Lights Orchestra.Watch the 8 minute clip of the choir below, filmed by John Lamansky, performing Veni Veni, Emmanuel, Gesu Bambino, O Holy Night and Hallelujah Chorus.

  • Don’t miss our final Exploring Priesthood Weekend for this academic year! | 3/25/2014

    April 4-6, 2014 | Mundelein Seminary 

    This last Exploring Priesthood Weekend will be held April 4-6. These retreat-like weekends allow men to visit Mundelein and learn about our seminary community. Meet with priests, seminarians and other men considering a call to the priesthood.

    "I thank all of you for your support, especially Fr. Francis Li who serves as a great inspiration and mentor. As I continue to open my heart to Christ and be conscious of Him moving through me and others, I ask that you please keep me in your prayers as I will do the same for you. "Caritas Christi Vrget Nos" / (The love of Christ urges us on)" - Christian Shiu


    Practical steps for discerning a vocation, Values of priesthood, Seminary life, academics, spiritual formation and pastoral ministry - and, Seminarians share their vocation stories.

    Several Worship Opportunities, including the Celebration Mass
    Men are encouraged to ask questions, interact with seminarians and priests, pray in chapels, walk the grounds, or use the recreational facilities (pool, gymnasium, weight room). By fully engaging in the opportunities provided on the retreat, men are more able to understand where God is leading them.

    An Exploring Priesthood Weekend Participant Shares his Experience...
    "As a relatively new Catholic, I often think about what the Faith means to me: how it shapes and molds me, and brings me closer to God. It seems like years have passed since I received the Sacraments of Initiation, but in actuality it has only been 9 months. Yet in that time, so much has happened – from my journey as a lector, sacristan, commentator, to volunteering at the parish office.

    And although these capacities vary in nature, they share a common thread: service. With this, I am drawn to these questions: How can I serve God and others? What does God have planned for me? What vocation is God leading me to? As I continue to discern God’s call, I often think of priests and how they serve others so selflessly; how they facilitate our union with Christ through the Sacraments, and how they proclaim and live the Gospel. The thought of this touches my heart and continues to fuel my desire to seriously consider a vocation to priesthood. Even now, my involvement with various aspects of the Liturgy – an area that brings me closer to what the priest does – has helped me to develop that unique closeness to God and the Eucharist."

    To further my discernment, I recently attended a weekend retreat at Mundelein Seminary called “Exploring Priesthood.” With this unique and memorable opportunity, I was able to interact with seminarians who shared their vocation stories and explained how they came to feel God's call to the priesthood. And it was their openness and honesty that not only affirmed for me that priesthood is a call to service, but also helped me to better understand how God sometimes reveals His plan to us by speaking through others, leaving behind subtle clues that may shift the course of one's journey. Prayer was another important aspect of the retreat: through daily mass, "morning" and "night" prayer (lauds and vespers), and Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, I was able to connect with God, bringing about feelings of peace, happiness, and joy. And with these emotions, it is clear to me that the call to priesthood is something that I cannot simply ignore.

    Therefore, to delve deeper into the elements of discernment, I will be joining a weekly program called "In-Search." "In-Search" allows one to meet with other men who are going through the same process of discernment, as well as with a diocesan priest who will share his vocation story and provide insight on a particular area of priesthood. (Q&A sessions and socialization follows.) I look forward to being a part of this group!

    For more information, contact:
    Fr. Francis Bitterman - Vocation Director
    312-534-8298 -

    Fr. Chris Ciomek at
    847.970.4841 -

    Marianne Hadden
    847.970.4851 - 

    Mundelein Seminary is located at:
    1000 East Maple Avenue, Mundelein, IL 60060

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration | 12/11/2013

    Join Us December 11th and 12th to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe!

    December 11th | South Side Refectory

    12:15pm: Lunch Talk: "Guadalupe and The New Evangelization" - with - Keynote Speaker: Msgr. Diego Monrroy, Former Rector of The Bascilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City

    December 12th | Immaculate Conception Chapel

    6:45am: Mananitas" Marian Serenade
    7:15am: Morning Prayer
    7:40am: Mass Celebrated by Bishop John Manz


  • 2013 Christmas Concert | 12/8/2013

    The Auditorium at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake: 1000 East Maple Avenue | Mundelein, IL 60060

    Sunday | December 8, 2013 | 2:00pm

    Featuring | The City Lights Orchestra, Conducted by Mr. Rich Daniels and our own Seminarian Christmas Choir

    Event Free to the Public | For Information Call 847-970-4830

    Sponsorship Opportunities are still available!

    Platinum Sponsor - $5,000
    (Back cover of the program book, full-page acknowledgment, introduction at the concert by Very Reverend Robert Barron, Rector/President)

    Golden Sponsor - $2,500
    (Inside back or inside front cover of program book, full-page acknowledgment, announced at the concert)

    Silver Sponsor - $1,000
    (Half-page acknowledgment in program book)

    Concert Patron - $500
    (Distinguished acknowledgment in program book)

    Concert Sponsor - $250
    (Prominent listing in program book)

    Concert Friend - $150
    (Listing in program book)

    Or any level of free-will donation.

    Thank you to all our sponsors!


    Taller FC 

  • December 1st Marks the First Sunday of Advent | 11/27/2013

    Season of Waiting for the Coming of Jesus Christ commences December 1st

  • Sesiones de Información para el Programa de Formación para el Ministerio Laico | 10/11/2013


    El Programa de Formación para el Ministerio Laico se encuentra inscribiendo ya desde ahora a todas aquellas personas interesadas en ser parte de este programa para el año escolar 2014-2015.

    Para ayudar a entender mejor el proceso y en qué consiste este programa, y para dar la oportunidad de aclarar cualquier pregunta o situación, el programa estará ofreciendo sesiones de información en distintos sitios y fechas.

    No es necesario inscribirse para estas sesiones.  

    Si no pudiera asistir a las sesiones o si quisiera tener una sesión informativa en algún sitio en particular, llámenos a estos teléfonos:

                              847-837-4560  u  847-970-4954

    o mándenos un correo electrónico a la siguiente dirección:



    No hay sesiones de información en las parroquias por el momento. Para pedir información contáctenos por favor en los teléfonos y dirección de correo indicados arriba. ¡Gracias!



  • Sesiones de Información para el Programa de Diaconado Permanente 2014-2015 | 10/11/2013


    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 .

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

                                        (847) 837-4556

    O mándenos un correo electrónico a la siguiente dirección:



     Aquí encontrarás alguna información sobre el diaconado permanente, nuestro programa y las próximas sesiones de información para el Programa de Diaconado Permanente:


    Sesión de Información para el Diaconado Permanente:

    Fecha: Sábado 26 de Octubre 

    Lugar: Universidad Sta. María del Lago (USML), Edificio #800

    Hora: 3:00 p.m.



    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



  • Priests' Convocation 2014 | 3/14/2014

    The Priesthood Well-Lived

    The 2014 Priests' Convocation is fast approaching. We look forward to three days of reflecting on this theme, praying and worshipping together, having meals together, and spending time with old friends and meeting new brothers.

    We invite you to the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles beginning the afternoon of Monday, June 16 through midday on Thursday, June 19. Sessions will include:

    • Most Reverend Gustavo Garcia-Siller, Archbishop of San Antonio, Texas
    • Fr. Lou Cameli of our own Archdiocese of Chicago
    • A Panel made up of a few Auxiliary Bishops and Chicago Priests
    • A Panel of our Chicago Laity including young adults
    • Various workshop opportunities to choose from

    Location | Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles

    Date | Monday, June 16 through Thursday, Jun 19

  • Save the Date for Two Liturgical Institute Conferences! | 6/5/2014

    Friday, September 26, 2014

    Decoding the Christian Temple: Church Architecture and Its Place in Christian Worship

    Join Institute faculty members Fr. Douglas Martis, Christopher Carstens and Denis McNamara for a day-long investigation into the deep theology of liturgical art and architecture as expressed through the rites of the Church. Perfect for pastors, architects, building committees and all who delight in the visual beauty of sacred worship.

    November 14, 2014
    Profound Preaching 2014: Get Ready for the New Liturgical Year!

    One of the Institute’s most popular events. This year with Dominican Father Alan White, op, Chaplain and Director of the Catholic Center at New York University.

    For more information call 847.837.4542 or register for conferences online at when registration becomes available. Watch the next mailed issue of Tidings for registration materials.

  • 40th Anniversary Summer Scripture Seminar | 6/22/2014

    June 22-27, 2014   

    This year's seminar is titled: “Conquest & Kingship: Leadership in Joshua, Judges, 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings"


    2014 is the 40th Anniversary of the USML Summer Scripture Seminar!


    Sun/Mon, June 22-23               Rev. Leslie Hoppe, O.F.M., Ph. D.

    Themes from Deuteronomy

    Mon/Tues, June 23-24            Rev. John Kartje, Ph.D., S.T.D.

    1) "Identifying Biblical Wisdom Motifs in the Deuteronomic History" 2) "Conquering Wisely: The Biblical Warrior as Student and Sage" 3) "Educating the Prince: Royal Wisdom Beyond Solomon"

    Tues/Wed, June 24-25            Gina Hens-Piazza, Ph.D.

    1) “Supporting Cast vs. Supporting Caste - The Major Importance of Minor Biblical Characters" 2) “Two Starving Mothers Before a King - II Kings 6. 24-31” 3) “A Servant Girl Overshadows a Military General - II Kings 5"

    Wed/Thurs, June 25-26           Rev. David Monaco, C.P., Ph.D.

    "The Assassin (Ehud), the Idiot and the Meathead (Samson)"

    Thurs, June 26 p.m.                Very Rev. Robert Barron, M.A., S.T.D. 

    “The Archetypes of the King in the Old Testament: Reflections on Adam, Moses & David”

    Fri, June 27 a.m.                           Rabbi Michael Balinsky                               

    Fri, June 278 a.m.                 Rev. Lawrence Hennessey, S.T.L., Ph.D.


    Registrations now being accepted!

    Click here to register for the full week-long program: full registration form

    Click here to register for parts of the program: partial registration form





  • Exploring the Permanent Diaconate | 2/13/2013

    IDS conducts information sessions throughout the formation year for prospective applicants. See the 'Resources' page for further information.

  • 2013 Albert Cardinal Meyer Lecture Series | 2/12/2013

    The Rector and Faculty of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary invite you to join us 

    Thursday evening, March 14


    Friday morning, March 15, 2013

    for the Albert Cardinal Meyer Lecture Series. This year we continue a multi-year focus on the Second Vatican Council.  With a consideration of Freedom of Religion and Conscience for Individuals and Institutions in American law in light of the teaching of Dignitatis Humanae, the Declaration on Religious Freedom By

    Paula Stannard, Esq.
    Alston & Bird
    Former Acting General Counsel of the United States
    Department of Health and Human Services


     with responses from

    The Rev. Lawrence R. Hennessey
    Professor of Systematic Theology


    The Very Rev. Thomas A. Baima
    Professor of Systematic Theology


    Admission is free, online reservations are required or call 847-970-4925 to register by phone

    Overnight accommodations are available for adults (18 years and older) in the Conference Center at a special rate of $60 a night. 

    If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 847-970-4925 or email us at

  • “Where you There? A Living Station of the Cross.” | 2/20/2013

    Date: Sunday, March 17, 2013
    Time: Noon
    Place: Auditorium

    This new dramatic performance of Christ's passion and death takes you through the events on Calvary through the witnesses of those who encountered Christ along the way.  We will be listening to important players in the story such as Pilate, Herod, Simon, the Good Thief, Veronica, Mary, and others.  Come and witness this exciting afternoon that will be full of prayer, drama, and anticipation.  There is no better way to prepare for Lent than witnessing Christ's own passion. 


    Please mark your calendar and join us.

  • May 2, 2013: Hillenbrand Lecture on a "Modern Guide to Indulgences" | 3/6/2013

    Rediscover the Place of Indulgences in the Church Today!

    Join the Liturgical Institute for a Hillenbrand Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Ed Peters, holder of the Edmund Cardinal Szoka Chair at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. The author of A Modern Guide to Indulgences: Rediscovering This Often Misinterpreted Teaching with Hillenbrand Books, Dr. Peters will help listeneres understand how it is by God's grace that the benefits of indulgences are available to the faithful.

    Thursday, May 2, 2013, 7:30 pm., Theology Aula, Second Floor.
    Free and open to the public, but please call for a reservation: 847.837.4542.

  • September 12 & 13, 2013: Divinization: Becoming Partakers of the Divine Nature | 7/26/2013

    A workshop for all who love the Church’s liturgy and desire to be transformed by God’s grace Thursday, September 12, 2013 7:30 pm Keynote Address: What Is Divinization? Dr. David Fagerberg University of Notre Dame Friday, September 13, 2013 Divinization in the Scriptures Dr. Andrew Swafford Benedictine College, Atchison, KS Aquinas, Divinization, and the People in the Pews Today Fr. Andrew Hofer, op Dominican House of Studies Washington, DC Divinization as the Key to Liturgical Renewal Dr. Daria Spezzano Providence College, Providence, RI Divinization and the New Evangelization Dr. Michael Sirilla Franciscan University, Steubenville For more information or to register by phone, please call 847.837.4542.

  • Lay Ministry Alumni Project: Holding the Christ Light, February 2 | 2/2/2013

  • Lay Ministry Alumni Project: Vatican II - Renewal of Church in the 21st Century - April 27 | 4/27/2013

  • Lay Leadership: Pastoral Care | 2/16/2013

    Lay Leadership participants are scheduled to attend the formation day on Pastoral Care presented by Daniel Gast, formerly of the Inspire Project, on Saturday, February 16, 2013.


  • Lay Ecclesial Ministry: History & Structures of the Archdiocese of Chicago | 2/16/2013

    Lay Ecclesial Ministry participants are scheduled to attend the formation day on History & Structures of the Archdiocese of Chicag presented by Fr. Marty Zielinski on Saturday, February 16, 2013.

  • 22nd Annual Golf Outing and Dinner | 7/8/2013

    University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary’s

                   22nd  Annual Golf Outing and Dinner
                   Thursday, September 26, 2013
                   At Pine Meadow Golf Club and Mundelein Seminary

                    Honoring Jim and Molly Perry with the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin “In          
                    Service of One Another” Catholic Humanitarian Award


                   Foursome $2,200 (includes lunch & dinner)
                   Single golfer $600 per person (includes lunch & dinner)
                   Individual/table dinner reservations available.

                   Contact us about sponsorship opportunities!

                   Please call 847-970-4830 for more information or reservations.

  • Father Robert Barron presents "The Documents of Vatican II" lecture series | 8/14/2013

    Commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council

    Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
    Time: 7:00 p.m.
    Location: St. Procopius Abbey church

    Contact: Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B. • (630) 829-9253
    Media: please contact Fr. Becket.

  • Hillenbrand Lecture: "The Moral Obligation to Follow Liturgical Norms" | 10/18/2013

    The Moral Obligation for Follow Liturgical Norms

    Thursday, November 7, 2013, 7:30 pm
    Theology Classroom Building, Second Floor
    Free and open to the public. Please call to reserve a place: 847.837.4542.

    The Liturgical Institure presents a Hillenbrand Distinguished Lecture Series event with Monsignor Robert Dempsey. Join us to learn of the  moral implications involved in observance of liturgical norms, read in the light of the documents of the Second Vatican Council.

    Msgr. Robert J. Dempsey holds a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from Mundelein Seminary and an Doctorate in Moral Theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. He has served as a notary and field advocate of the Metropolitan Tribunal, member of the Archdiocesan Catholic-Greek Orthodox Dialogue Commission, and master of
    ceremonies to Cardinal Bernardin. In 1991 he was appointed editor of the weekly English edition of L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s newspaper, where he served ten years. He is currently pastor of St. Philip the Apostle Parish in Northfield, Illinois.

  • Lay Leadership Info Night - University of St. Mary of the Lake | 3/4/2014

    Join the Institute for Lay Formation staff for an information evening on the Lay Leadership formation program:

    April 9, 2014, 7pm

    Prist Center (Bldg. 201P)

    University of St. Mary of the Lake

    1000 East Maple Avenue

    Mundelein, IL 60060

  • Lay Leadership Formation Day: Christian Sexuality presented by Sr. Helena Burns, FSP | 11/16/2013

    All Lay Leadership participants are to attend formation on Saturday, November 16.  Sr. Helena Burns, FSP will present on Christian Sexuality.  

    Sr. Helena is Daughter of St. Paul, an experienced presenter on the Theology of the Body, the movie review for the Catholic New World, a filmmaker, and media educator.  We look forward to having her here.

  • Lay Ecclesial Ministry Formation Day: Paths to Holiness I presented by Fr. Lawrence Hennessey | 11/16/2013


    On Saturday, November 16, Lay Eccelsial Ministry candidates are attending formation on Paths to Holiness I presented by Fr. Lawrence Hennessey, S.T.L., Ph.D.

    Fr. Hennessey is Professor, Department of Systematic Theology; former Editor, Chicago Studies. S.T.B. and M.A./S.T.L., School of Theology, Catholic University of America; Ph.D., in Classical Philology and Early Christian Theology and Literature, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Catholic University of America. Instructor at Washington Theological Union, Catholic University of America, and Virginia Theological Seminary. Member of the North American Patristic Society, the Catholic Historical Association, the American Society of Church History, and the Catholic Theological Society of America.


  • Lay Ecclesial Ministry: Annual Meeting of LEM Candidates with Francis Cardinal George, OMI | 12/2/2013

    On Saturday, December 7, 2013 the Lay Ecclesial Ministry candidates will attend an annual meeting with Francis Cardinal George at the Archbishop Quigley Center. The morning will begin with mass in the St. James Chapel and continue with refreshments, an address by the Archbishop, and Q&A.

  • Cardinal George to Visit Mundelein Seminary 3/26 | 3/25/2014

    On Wednesday, March 26th His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., will be with us for Vespers in the John Paul II Chapel. We look forward to the Cardinal’s visit. After Vespers, the Cardinal will have dinner with the fourth year Chicago men who are preparing for priesthood ordination this May. 

  • Lay Leadership Information Night - University of St. Mary of the Lake | 4/9/2014

    Join the staff of the Institute for Lay Formation for an information evening about the Lay Leadership program.


    Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 7pm

    Prist Center (201P)

    University of St. Mary of the Lake

    1000 East Maple Avenue

    Mundelein, IL 60060


  • Lay Leadership Information Night - Saint Xavier University | 4/23/2014

    Join the staff of the Institute for Lay Formation for an informational evening about the Lay Leadership program.




    Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 7pm

    Andrew Conference Center

    Saint Xavier University

    3700 West 103rd Street

    Chicago, IL 60655



  • Lay Leadership Info Night - Benedictine University | 4/30/2014

    Join the staff of the Institute for Lay Formation for an informational evening about the Lay Leadership program.


    Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 7pm

    Kindlon Hall, 136

    Benedictine University

    5700 College Road, Lisle, IL 60532

  • September 12 & 13, 2013: Divinization: Becoming Partakers of the Divine Nature | 8/6/2013

    A workshop for all who love the Church’s liturgy and desire to be transformed by God’s grace


    Event Schedule

    Thursday, September 12, 2013

    3:00 pm     Check-in opens, atrium of the Conference Hall
    5:00 pm     Sung Vespers, Chapel of the Immaculate Conception
    6:00 pm     Dinner (optional, extra charge), University Refectory
    7:30 pm     Keynote address: "What is Divinization?," Dr. David Fagerberg
    9:00 pm     Reception, Conference Center Residence Living Room

    Friday, September 13, 2013

    7:30 am     Mass available, Conference Center Chapel
    8:00 am    Breakfast
                        Check-in opens, atrium of Conference Center Classroom Building
    8:45 am     Sung Lauds, Chapel of the Immaculate Conception
    9:30 am     Welcome, room 202 of Conference Center Classroom Building
    9:45 am     "Divinization in the Scriptures," Dr. Andrew Swafford
    11:00 am    "Aquinas, Divinization and People in the Pews Today," Fr. Andrew Hofer, op
    12:00 pm    Midday Prayer
    12:15 pm     Lunch
    1:30 pm      "Divinization as the Key to Liturgical Renewal," Dr. Daria Spezzano
    2:45 pm      "Divinization and the New Evangelization," Dr. Michael Sirlla
    4:00 pm        Sung Vespers

    All meeting sessions will be held in Room 202 of the Conference Hall, Building 400.
    Lauds and Vespers will be prayed in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.
    All meals will be in the University refectory, Building 601.

    For a map of campus, click here.


    Keynote speaker Dr. David Fagerberg is Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He holds an M.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University and specializes in liturgical theology and the writings of G.K. Chesterton. A Latin-Rite Catholic, he has nonetheless made it a theological specialty to draw from the riches of Eastern Churches for the edification of Western Christians.

    Fr. Andrew Hofer, op, is Student Master and Instructor in Patristics and Ancient Languages at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and is the author of Christ in the Life and Teaching of Saint Gregory of Nanzianzus (Oxford, 2013).

    Dr. Michael Sirilla is Associate Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He holds a Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America and is the author of the forthcoming book Status Perfectionis, The Bishop as Spiritual Perfector in St. Thomas Aquinas (CUA Press).

    Dr. Daria Spezzano is Assistant Professor of Theology at Providence College in Providence Rhode Island. She holds a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A.L.S. from The Liturgical Institute. Her academic concentrations have included the process of deification in St. Thomas Aquinas and its rediscovery in the twentieth century.

    Dr. Andrew Swafford is Assistant Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He holds an S.T.D. from the University of Saint Mary of the Lake and an M.A. in Old Testament and Semitic Languages from Trinity Evangelical University. He recently contributed numerous essays to the 2013 book Thirty Second Bible: The Fifty Most Meaningful Moments in the Bible.


    By mail: Please download the conference mailer by clicking here.

    By phone: Call 847.837.4542.

    Online: click here.



  • January 31, 2014: Treasures of the Triduum: The Three Munera of Christ as Priest, Prophet and King | 12/5/2013

    The Triduum and The Three Munera of Christ as Priest, Prophet and King

    Treasures of the Triduum returns with all new topics for 2014 and workshop leader Fr. Douglas Martis and Mr. Christopher Carstens! Discover the meaning of the three offices of Jesus Christ as Priest, Propht and King and what it means for the life of the Christian.

    “It was for this purpose that God sent His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, that He might be teacher, king and priest of all, the head of the new and universal people of the sons of God. 

    — Lumen Gentium, xvii.

    Workshop Schedule

    Friday, January 31, 2014
    Conference Center, University of Saint Mary of the Lake

    Check-in and coffee begin at 9:00 am in the 
    Conference Center Classroom Building


    9:30 Morning Prayer

    10:00 Session I The Three Munera of Christ
                The Offices of Christ in the Triduum: Priest, Prophet and King

    11:15 Session II The Triduum and the Prophetic Office
               The Mystery of the True Lamb of God

    12:30 Midday Prayer

    1:00 Lunch

    2:15 Session III The Triduum and the Kingly Office
             The Majesty of the Lamb Who Was Slain

    3:45 Session IV The Triduum and the Priestly Office
              Christ as Priest, Altar and Victim

    5:00 Vespers


    Christopher Carstens
    is currently the Director of the Office of Sacred Worship for the Diocese of Lacrosse, Wisconsin and co-author of Mystical Body, Mystical Voice: Encountering Christ in the Words of the Mass. He holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of Dallas and an MA from The Liturgical Institute. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Institute and a frequent presenter in conferences and parish education. 

    Fr. Douglas Martis, STD is director of the Liturgical Institute and Chair of the Worship Department at Mundelein Seminary. He holds a doctorate in sacramental theology from the Institut Catholique in Paris, and is a frequent speaker in parishes and academic settings. He is the co-author of the book Mystical Body, Mystical Voice: Christ in the Words of the Mass and editor of The Mundelein Psalter.

    3 Ways to Register:

     Online: click here.

     By phone/fax: 847.837.4542/4545

     Mail completed registration form: click here for PDF

    More information

    Check-in opens at 9:00 a.m. in the Conference Hall, building 4 on the campus map.

    Workshop begins with Morning Prayer at 9:30 am in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, building 1 on the campus map.

     Registrants will receive confirmation with directions and further information.

    Conference Center address: 1000 East Maple Avenue, Mundelein, Illinois, 60060.

    Phone: 847.837.4542.

    Free parking is available in the Purple Lot, upper left on the campus map.



  • Poverty, Beauty, Simplicity and the Sacred Liturgy: A Mystagogical Approach | 1/21/2014

    March 14, 2014

    Join the Liturgical Institute for a day-long investigation into the theological meanings of poverty, simplicity, beauty and how all contribute to the Christian life and the worship of God. WIth speakers Dr. Michael Foley, Dr. Nicholas Perrin, Dr. Keith Lemna, Dr. Denis McNamara, and Dr. Mattew Levering.

    Click here to register online.

    For more information or to receive registration materials by mail, please call 847.837.4542.


    The Liturgical Tradition of the Church Joins Hands With Pope Francis' New Call for Poverty and Simplicity!

    Poverty, beauty and simplicity are often misunderstood terms. Each has a set of theological meanings relevant to the worship of God, for it is in poverty of spirit that we approach God through beautiful liturgy which shows a clear and evident simplicity consonant with the nature of the Roman Rite. Join the Liturgical Institute for an engaging day of learning and prayer to discover how the rich tradition of the Church blends seamlessly into today’s newly-rediscovered call for poverty and simplicity.

    Day Schedule Friday, March 14, 2014

    Conference Center, University of Saint Mary of the Lake
    Check-in and coffee open at 8:30 am

    9:30 Sung Morning Prayer

    10:00 Session I: Beauty, Poverty and Simplicity and Theologically Understood
    Dr. Michael Foley, Baylor University

    11:15 Session II: Beauty and the Sacred Liturgy
    Dr. Denis McNamara, The Liturgical Institute

    12:15 Midday Prayer

    1:45 Session III: Poverty and the Sacred Liturgy
    Dr. Nicholas Perrin, Wheaton College

    3:00 Session IV: Simplicity and the Sacred Liturgy
    Dr. Keith Lemna, St. Meinrad Seminary

    4:15 Summary and Comment
    Dr. Matthew Levering, Mundelein Seminary

    4:45 Sung Evening Prayer and adjourn


    Plus a bonus opportunity! 

    Dr. Lauren Pristas of Caldwell College lectures on her new book The Collects of the Romans Missals of 1962 and 2002 as part of the Liturgical Institute's Hillenbrand Lecture Series. Come early if you like and enjoy this informative lecture at no charge. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 13th, USML campus, Theology Aula (Building ten on the linked map). Free and open to the public.



    Dr. Michael Foley is associate professor of Patristics in the Great Texts Program at Baylor University. He is the author of Why Do Catholics Eat Fish on Friday? The Catholic Origin to Just About Everything and Wedding Rites: A Complete Guide to Traditional Vows, Music, Ceremonies, Blessings, and Interfaith Services.

    Dr. Keith Lemna is currently Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Saint Meinrad Seminary. He has published scholarly articles in Antiphon, The Heythrop Journal, Nova et Vetera, and Communio. Currently his research deals with the meeting of Trinitarian metaphysics, cosmology and culture in modern theology.

    Dr. Denis McNamara is assistant director and assistant professor at the Liturgical Institute. A specialist in liturgical art and architecture, he is the author of three books: Heavenly City:The Architectural Tradition of Catholic Chicago, Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy and How to Read Churches: A Crash Course in Ecclesiastical Architecture.

    Dr. Nicholas Perrin is the Franklin S. Dyrness Professor of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College, Illinois and author of five books on the New Testament and early Christianity, His 2010 book Jesus The Temple, addressed the issues surrounding Jesus actions in the scriptures and their relationship to right worship.

    Dr. Matthew Levering is the Perry Family Foundation Professor of Theology at Mundelein Seminary. He is the co-editor of the theological journal Nova et Vetera and the author of many books on theological topics, including Christ and the Catholic Priesthood: Ecclesial Hierarchy and the Pattern of the Trinity with the Liturgical Institute's imprint, Hillenbrand Books.




  • Join the Liturgical Institute for A Lecture With Msgr. Andrew Wadswoth | 7/1/2014


    July 16, 2014, 3:00 pm

    The Work of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy

    A Hillenbrand Lecture with Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth, Executive Director of ICEL.

    Free and open to the public, held in the Gallery of the McEssy Theological Resource Center of the Feehan Library, Building 9 on the campus map. To reserve a place or for more information call 847.837.4542.


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