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From the Rector/President

Father Robert Barron

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 principle 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. 

 


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