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. A good resource to learn more about the seminary is our new website. This site is a great window into the life and mission of America's largest seminary. 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.
July 21 2015
Fr. Robert Barron Named Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles
Fr. Robert Barron was named the Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles today. Read more here.
July 10 2015
26 Mundelein Seminarians at the Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF) in Omaha
We have 26 Mundelein seminarians at the Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF) in Omaha this summer. Some of our priests visited them. While they were there they prayed Vespers and enjoyed a dinner out at an Omaha restaurant.
June 30 2015
Very Rev. Thomas A. Baima meets Pope Francis in International Encounter
The Very Rev. Thomas A. Baima, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, was an invited delegate to the international encounter of Buddhists and Catholics held last week at Castel Gandolfo, Italy. The theme was Suffering, Liberation and Fraternity. Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, gave the keynote address.
May 27 2015
Dr. David Fagerberg Speaks at the University Club of Chicago
This year's Paluch Lecturer, Dr. David Fagerberg of Notre Dame, spoke at the University Club of Chicago on May 26, 2015.
May 13 2015
Honoring Our Lady of Fatima
In honor of Our Lady of Fatima, the Guild of St. Mary came to the seminary today for Mass and a talk by our own Mariologist, Fr. James Presta.
April 21 2015
Lecture Rescheduled: April 22 to May 26
Due to the schedule surrounding Francis Cardinal George's funeral services, Mundelein Seminary has had to reschedule the luncheon lecture with Dr. David Fagerberg.
Cardinal Francis George Faith and Culture Chair Lecture with Fr. Robert Barron
The 24th Annual Rector's Classic
Mass and Marian Crowning
Mundelein Seminary Lecture Series: Dr. David Fagerberg on "Making the World Whole"
A Celebration of Mundelein Seminary
Meyer Lecture Series: Sherry Anne Weddell on "Forming Intentional Disciples"