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Meet the Rector

Father Robert Barron

Very Reverend Robert Barron, was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1986.  He served as associate pastor of Saint Paul of the Cross Parish before undertaking post-graduate studies in France.  Upon completion of his doctorate, he joined the faculty of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary.  Father Barron has held a number of positions at Mundelein, including chairperson and professor in the Department of Systematic Theology and associate director of the Doctor of Ministry Program.  Additionally, Father Barron founded Word on Fire, a Catholic evangelism ministry.  He is the author of eight books, including  The Strangest Way: Walking the Christian Path, Creation as Discipleship,  A Study of the DePotentia of Thomas Aquinas in Light of the Dogmatik of Paul Tillich, Thomas Aquinas: Spiritual Master, And Now I See:  A Theology of Transformation, Heaven in Stone and Glass and Bridging the Great Divide and The Word on Fire: Proclaiming the Power of Christ and of the Priority of Christ: Toward a Postliberal Catholicism. Articles on theology and the spiritual life have appeared in numerous journals. Father Barron received the M.A. (Philosophy) from the Catholic University of America, the S.T.B., M.Div., and S.T.L. from the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary and the S.T.D. from the Institut Catholique de Paris.


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Dr. Denis McNamara on the Feehan Memorial Library, Part 3

Dr. Denis McNamara on the Feehan Memorial Library, Part 3

Scripture and Liturgy with Fr. Douglas Martis, Director of the Liturgical Institute

 Scripture and Liturgy with Fr. Douglas Martis, Director of the Liturgical Institute

Heroic Priesthood: A new film by Father Robert Barron

Heroic Priesthood: A new film by Father Robert Barron

Dr. Denis McNamara on the Architecture of the Feehan Memorial Library, Part 2

Dr. Denis McNamara on the Architecture of the Feehan Memorial Library, Part 2

Director of the Liturgical Institute, Fr. Douglas Martis, Ph.D., S.T.D., introduces Sacramental Theology

Director of the Liturgical Institute, Fr. Douglas Martis, Ph.D., S.T.D., introduces Sacramental Theology

Dr. Denis McNamara on the Feehan Memorial Library, Part 1

Dr. Denis McNamara on the Feehan Memorial Library, Part 1

Fr. Robert Barron, "The Archetypes of the King in the Old Testament"

Fr. Robert Barron, "The Archetypes of the King in the Old Testament"

Mundelein Seminary Presents: Very Rev. Thomas A. Baima on USML Institutes (Part 2)

Mundelein Seminary Presents: Very Rev. Thomas A. Baima on USML Institutes (Part 2)

Mundelein Seminary Presents: Very Rev. Thomas A. Baima on Academics at Mundelein Seminary (Part 1)

Mundelein Seminary Presents: Very Rev. Thomas A. Baima on Academics at Mundelein Seminary (Part I)

40th Anniversary Summer Scripture Seminar

June 22-27, 2014    

“Conquest & Kingship: Leadership in Joshua, Judges, 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings"

40th Anniversary Summer Scripture Seminar

Fr. Barron on "Pope Francis and the New Evangelization"

Today, Fr. Barron speaks on "Pope Francis and the New Evangelization" at University Club of Chicago.

Fr. Barron on "Pope Francis and the New Evangelization"

Scott Hahn joining Mundelein faculty

Dr. Scott Hahn will become the first McEssy Distinguished Visiting Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Mundelein Seminary.

Scott Hahn joining Mundelein faculty

An Evening of Tribute

This annual benefit in celebration of Mundelein Seminary will honor Rev. Msgr. Daniel G. Mayall and William and Lois McEssy TONIGHT at the Chicago Sheraton Hotel & Towers.

An Evening of Tribute

Mass and Marian Crowning

Mundelein Seminary hosts the Mass and Marian Crowning with Fr. Robert Barron.

Reservations are required - REGISTER TODAY!

Mass & Marian Crowning

Mundelein Seminary Presents | 4.3.14

Fr. Barron talks about his plans to attend the Canonization of Saint John Paul II and about the significance of dedicating Mundelein Seminary’s new chapel to the Saint.

Mundelein Seminary Presents | 4.3.14

Pilgrimage Journey Update | 3.24.14

The seminarians reflect upon their experience as their journey through the Holy Land draws to a close.

Pilgrimage Journey Update | 3.24.14

Cardinal George to Visit Mundelein Seminary 3/26

On Wednesday, March 26th His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., will be with us for Vespers in the John Paul II Chapel.

Cardinal George to Visit Mundelein Seminary 3/26

3.18.14 Pilgrimage Journey Update!

The seminarians visit the Dome of the Rock and Al-Asqa mosque, the Temple Mount, and the old cistern, which is, as tradition holds, the location where Jesus was kept overnight after being arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. 

3.18.14 Pilgrimage Journey Update!

Video: Fr. Barron on the Practices of Lent

Father Barron comments on the three practices of Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. He offers practical advice to enact these three pillars in your own life.

Video: Fr. Barron on the Practices of Lent

Pope Benedict XVI Recalls the Life of John Paul II in Rare Interview

Benedict XVI speaks of his time collaborating with John Paul II, highlighting the deceased Pope's sanctity and commitment to the truth.

Pope Benedict XVI Recalls the Life of John Paul II in Rare Interview

Pilgrimage Journey Update 3/10/14!

The seminarians receive their ashes for lent at the Church of St. Lazarus in Bethany, visit the Armenian Orthodox Cathedral of St. James for Vespers, join a candlelight procession around Gethsemane and more.

Pilgrimage Journey Update 3/10/14!

Pilgrimage Journey Update 3/5/14!

The Seminarians pay visit to Capernaum – The Town of Jesus, Jerusalem, The Wailing Wall, The Mount of Beatitude, and more. See the latest Blog reflections and photos here.

Pilgrimage Journey Update 3/5/14!

Ash Wednesday is Approaching: Explore the Meaning of Lent’s Length

Marcellino D’Ambrosio of Catholic News Service, provides a thoughtful explanation of the history behind this special season before Easter, also known as the “Season of the 40 Days”.

Ash Wednesday is Approaching: Explore the Meaning of Lent’s Length

Pope Francis asks the world’s Christians to pray for Ukraine

Pope Francis addressed tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square, on Ukraine’s current situation and the importance of creating dialogue.

Pope Francis asks the world’s Christians to pray for Ukraine

February 10 - 11 | Pilgrimage Update

The Seminarians receive a team from Catholic Relief Services, celebrate the memory of St. Jerome, make visits to the Church of the Visitation and the Jordan River, and more.

February 10 - 11 | Pilgrimage Update

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Pilgrimage Journey Update

The Seminarians have successfully completed their first full week in the Holy Land. Follow their journey here.

Pilgrimage Journey Update

Mundelein Seminary Presents | 2.4.14

Behind-the-scenes interview with Fr. Barron takes us through the new Blessed John Paul II Chapel and its stained glass windows.

 

 

 

Mundelein Seminary Presents: Fr. Barron on Blessed John Paul II

Religious Themes in Harry Potter Series: A Cardinal Stritch Retreat House Event

Learn more about this event, taking place February 6-7th. 

Religious Themes in Harry Potter Series: A Cardinal Stritch Retreat House Event

Mundelein Seminary Presents | 1.28.14

Behind-the-scenes interview with Fr. Barron: Reflections on Saint Thomas Aquinas in the new Blessed John Paul II Chapel.

Mundelein Seminary Presents | 1.28.14

New Blessed John Paul II Chapel ready for use this semester!

Check out the renovations and Mundelein Seminary's exclusive interviews with Fr. Barron on the new Blessed John Paul II Chapel. 

New Blessed John Paul II Chapel ready for use this semester!

Holy Land Journey: First Days

Follow the journey of the Mundelein Seminary Class of 2015 as they travel through the Holy Land. 

Holy Land Journey: First Days

Exploring Priesthood Weekend starts this Friday!

January 24-26, 2014 at Mundelein Seminary: Meet with priests, seminarians and other men considering a call to the priesthood.

Exploring Priesthood Weekend starts this Friday!

Mundelein Seminary Presents | 1.22.14

Behind-the-scenes interview with Fr. Barron: Reflections on Saint Thomas Aquinas in the new Blessed John Paul II Chapel.

Mundelein Seminary Presents | 1.22.14

Happy Birthday, Cardinal George!

Today, we celebrate a person whose commitment to Catholic teaching and education has paved the way for young men to answer God's call to the priesthood...

Happy Birthday, Cardinal George!

Seminarians Depart for Holy Land & Pope plans 50th Anniversary Visit

On January 16th, thirty-two third year seminarians will depart for the Holy Land to begin their ten-week pilgrimage. 

Seminarians Depart for Holy Land & Pope plans 50th Anniversary Visit

Mundelein Seminary Presents | 1.9.14

Behind-the-scenes with Fr. Barron: The stained glass windows, each dedicated to a different Saint, at the new Blessed John Paul II Chapel.

Mundelein Seminary Presents | 1.9.14

Watch "The Calling"

"Priests are called “father” because they are life-givers in the spiritual order. Spiritual fathers protect their children; they teach them; they are there for them..." 

Watch "The Calling"

Don’t miss our final Exploring Priesthood Weekend!

This last Exploring Priesthood Weekend for this academic year will be held April 4-6. These retreat-like weekends allow men to visit and learn about our seminary community.

Don’t miss our final Exploring Priesthood Weekend for this academic year!

Mundelein Seminary Presents | 1.3.14

In this video interview, 4th Year Theology Seminarian Bradley Zamora of Mundelein Seminary shares his journey to priesthood thus far, and where he's going next. 

Mundelein Seminary Presents | 1.3.14

Mundelein Seminary Presents | 1.2.14

The new Blessed John Paul II Chapel at Mundelein Seminary is making great progress. Here, we go behind-the-scenes with Fr. Barron, who explains the meaningful changes taking place.

Mundelein Seminary Presents | 1.2.14

Developing your Sacramental Life Practices

Thinking about Priesthood? Read these helpful steps and daily practices to help guide your journey. 

Developing your Sacramental Life Practices

Pope Francis: TIME Magazine's Person of the Year

Watch the video and read more about why TIME Magazine chose Pope Francis, “The People’s Pope”.

Pope Francis: TIME Magazine's Person of the Year

Latest Vocational Event is hailed a Great Success

"I think ‘Who Will Fill These Shoes’ was the most successful vocation event we have ever had in the archdiocese." - Fr. Robert Barron

Latest Vocational Event is hailed a Great Success

A Day in the Life of a Seminarian

See what a typical weekday schedule at Mundelein Seminary looks like.

A Day in the Life of a Seminarian

Join Our Newsletter: News, Events & Fr. Barron's Latest Videos!

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Join Our Newsletter: News, Events & Fr. Barron's Latest Videos

Chapel Renovations Making Great Progress

The Blessed John Paul II Chapel renovations are underway - check out the gallery to see the transformation. 

Chapel Renovations Making Great Progress

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