From the Rector/President
My name is Fr. Robert Barron and I am the Rector/President of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. I am pleased to know that you are discerning priesthood and are considering Mundelein for your formation. Please be assured of my prayers and those of the seminary community as you consider this decision.
When I became Rector in July 2012 I declared that the work of Mundelein would be focused on producing priests for the New Evangelization. Accordingly, the study and practice of evangelizing an increasingly secularized culture are now the principal concerns of both our students and our faculty.
In support of this effort we have implemented a new structure for our program of formation. The students will now be led along the three great spiritual paths: finding the center, knowing that you are a sinner, and realizing that your life is not about you. The ultimate purpose of this re-configuration is to produce priests who are deeply in love with Jesus Christ, who have come to terms with their attachments, addictions, and sin, and who are, consequently, ready to be sent on mission.
We implemented an academic cirriculum to support the formation of priests for the New Evangelization. The M.Div. program sychronizes academics with the formation program, creating what we call "integral formation." Our faculty has intentionally rejected the so-called "university model," which separates spirituality and theology. Instead, we have embraced a patristic vision according to which head and heart are united.
I want to assure you that we are thrilled to be doing seminary work precisely at this challenging time in the history of the Church. We are delighted to play a role in providing priests for the New Evangelization. Please pray for all of us here at Mundelein, and know that we keep you close in prayer every day.
February 27 2015
Festival of Forgiveness at Mundelein Seminary
Festival of Forgiveness - This weekend, Mundelein Seminary will participate in the Festival of Forgiveness, an opportunity to invite people to seek healing and forgiveness at Church, “a place of mercy freely given.”
February 11 2015
Catholic New World Features Article on Basketball Tournament
The Catholic New World recently featured an article on the Father Pat O'Malley Basketball Invitational held here at Mundelein Seminary.
February 05 2015
Virtual Library: Former Rector Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy
Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy High School has created a virtual library that provides a rich, personal and interactive glimpse into the life and ministry of Archbishop Murphy, former Rector of Mundelein Seminary (1973-1978).
February 02 2015
The Mundelein Lakers Take Third Place
Congratulations to the Mundelein Lakers for taking third place in the 2015 Fr. Pat O'Malley Basketball Invitational. Kenrick-Glennon Seminary took first place; and Mount Saint Mary's took second.
January 29 2015
Aquinas Colloquium: Dr. Reinhard Hütter on Newman and Aquinas
Dr. Reinhard Hütter of Duke Divinity School delivered a lecture on Newman and Aquinas. He looked at Newman's distinction between faith and private judgment in matters of religion
January 28 2015
Fr. Pat O'Malley Invitational Basketball Tournament
This weekend we are hosting many seminaries from all over the nation to Mundelein for the Fr. Pat O'Malley Invitational Basketball Tournament. This will take place from January 30 – February 1.