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Encyclopedia > University of Saint Mary of the Lake

University of Saint Mary of the Lake, also called Mundelein Seminary, is the principal seminary and school of theology for the formation of priests in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, governed from Chicago, Illinois in the United States. It is recognized as the first institution of higher education in the City of Chicago. Chartered by the Illinois General Assembly in 1844, it has the longest continuous academic charter in the state of Illinois. A seminary is a specialized university-like institution for the purpose of instructing students in religion, often in order to prepare them to become members of the clergy. ... Theology is reasoned discourse concerning God (Greek θεος, theos, God, + λογος, logos, word or reason). It can also refer to the study of other religious topics. ... Roman Catholic priests in traditional clerical clothing. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Catholicism. ... Holy Name Cathedral is the motherchurch of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area    - City 606. ... The Illinois General Assembly convenes at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. ... 1844 was a leap year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... A state of the United States (a U.S. state) is any one of the fifty states (four of which officially favor the term commonwealth) which, along with the District of Columbia, form the United States of America. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq. ...

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The campus has capacity for about 400 students. It is distinctive for its neo-Georgian architecture, laid out in a symmetrical manner surrounding the main chapel, dedicated to Saint Mary of the Lake — the patroness of the seminary. The chapel' distinctive interior is itself unusual, embodying cerain characteristics of Wedgwood blue color and design, as well as the cool ivories in the marble and wood decoration used in the sanctuary and rood screen. If anything, the chapel brings to mind certain classic architecturally-distinctive structures such as King's Chapel in Boston. A Georgian house in Salisbury Georgian architecture at Royal Crescent, Bath, seen from a hot air balloon. ... Wedgwood is a British pottery firm, originally founded by Josiah Wedgwood, and possibly the most famous name ever associated with pottery in any form, which in 1987 merged with Waterford Crystal to become Waterford Wedgwood. ... Kings Chapel, Boston, with One Boston Place in the background The original Kings Chapel in Boston, Massachusetts was a wooden church built in 1688. ...


It is located north of Route 176 and east of Rt. 45, occupies 600+ acres (2.4 km²), has several lakes, and has a retreat center which is quite active. The library of the seminary is notable for its interior in which can be found a ceiling copied from the Barberini Palace in Rome — complete with the coats of arms of the Barberini family, including its distinctive bees, a classic symbol of industriousness and success. The Barberini family was a powerful Italian family, originally of Tuscan extraction, who settled in Florence during the early part of the eleventh century. ...


On far side of the property of the seminary can be found the former Chapel of Perpetual Adoration. Today it is the site of the relocated Conventual Franciscan friary of the St. Bonaventure Province, dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima but most often referred to affectionately as Marytown. Perpetual adoration is a practice of the Roman Catholic Church in which the Blessed Sacrament is constantly in exposed and adored by volunteer parishioners. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Franciscans. ...


At the Our Lady of Fatima friary, the Franciscan priests and brothers subscribe to the ideals of poverty, chastity and obedience according to their founder, St. Francis of Assisi. The friars spend regular hours in individual adoration before Jesus in the perpetually exposed Blessed Sacrament. Marytown is also the national center of St. Maximilian Kolbe's Militia of the Immaculata movement, founded in 1917. The perpetual adoration chapel is open to the public. It is patterned after St. Paul Outside-the-Walls, one of four Roman patriarchal basilicas. The Order of Friars Minor and other Franciscan movements are disciples of Saint Francis of Assisi. ... Saint Francis of Assisi (1182 – 4 October 1226) founded the Franciscan Order or Friars Minor. He is the patron saint of animals, merchants, Italy, Catholic action, and the environment. ... Jesus (8-2 BC/BCE — 29-36 AD/CE),[1] also known as Jesus of Nazareth, is the central figure of Christianity. ... The Blessed Sacrament is displayed in a procession at the 2005 Southeastern Eucharistic Congress. ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... A chapel is a private church, usually small and often attached to a larger institution such as a college, a hospital, a palace, or a prison. ... The Basilica di San Paolo fuori le Mura is believed to be the final resting place of Saint Paul the Apostle of Jesus. ... City motto: Senatus Populusque Romanus – SPQR (The Senate and the People of Rome) Founded 21 April 753 BC (mythical), early 1st millennium BC (archaeological) Region Latium Area  - City Proper  1285 km² Population  - City (2004)  - Metropolitan  - Density (city proper) 2,553,873 almost 4,300,000 1. ... St. ...


In addition to the chapel, St. Mary of the Lake Seminary also has conference facilities, gardens, and a gift shop open to the public.


History

Right Reverend William J. Quarter, the first bishop of Chicago, oversaw the creation and early development of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake with the primary objective of ordaining priests to serve the growing diocese. After years in flourishing operation but growing financial burden, the university was forced to close in 1866. William Quarter (1806 - 1848) was a U.S. (Irish-born) Catholic bishop. ... Francis Cardinal George is the current Archbishop of Chicago. ... Pope Pius XI blesses Bishop Stephen Alencastre as fifth Apostolic Vicar of the Hawaiian Islands in a Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace window. ... 1866 (MDCCCLXVI) is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ...


Expressing a need for more priests, Archbishop George Mundelein was compelled to re-open the institution as Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary around 1921. The institution became known throughout the world in 1926 as a site for the International Eucharistic Congress. George Cardinal Mundelein became such a beloved pastoral leader that over a million people made a pilgrimage as his body lay in state at Holy Name Cathedral. ... 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... The 1932 International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, from the Congress Pictorial Record Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy and laymen for adoring and evangelising the Holy Eucharist. ...


Controversy

In September 2005, two seminarians perished in a drunk-driving accident on the seminary grounds. Four seminarians, Matthew Molnar, Jared Cheek, Robert Spaulding and Mark Rowlands had spent the evening drinking at a Mundelein bar before returning to campus. Rowlands had driven the group to the bar, but Spaulding drove the car back to campus. On the grounds, Spaulding hit a tree, killing Molnar and Cheek, who were riding in the back seat. When police arrived on the scene, they found that Rowlands had a gun and police badges on him. Later, the seminary learned that Rowlands was a sherriff's deputy in Ohio before he was terminated for misappropriating $300,000 in funds. [1]


The seminary and the Chicago Archdiocese suffered more embarrassment when the Lake County State's Attorney's office requested that the archdiocese provide them a list of all the priests accused of sexual abuse who now live at the seminary. It had become the archdiocese's practice to remove accused priests from the ministry and send them to live at the seminary. Because most of those priests were never charged (sometimes because the church and victims would not report allegations to police), they were not on the sex offender registry. The state's attorney even suggested that the priests be moved out of the seminary because they were not under any confinement and the seminary is across the street from a high school. [2]


The Archdiocese responded to charges that the students of the neighboring high school, Carmel High School, were in any danger by barring the high school from using the seminary grounds for its annual walkathon fundraiser in April 2006. [3] The fundraiser had been held at the seminary since its inception in the mid-1980s. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


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University of Saint Mary of the Lake, also called Mundelein Seminary, is the principal seminary and school of theology for the formation of priests in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, governed from Chicago, Illinois in the United States.
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