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Tour of Mundelein Seminary

Date: 
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: 
University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, 1000 East Maple Avenue, Mundelein
Cost: 
SOLD OUT - $75 for members, $100 for non-members - cost includes lunch

In 1921, Archbishop George Mundelein opened St. Mary of the Lake Seminary requesting the buildings be designed to look “American” on the outside and Roman Catholic on the inside. Set on more than 600 bucolic acres, University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary is the major seminary and graduate school of theology for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Mundelein Seminary hosted the closing ceremony for one of three seminal events to put Chicago on the international map: the 1926 International Eucharistic Congress. Three quarters of a million people traveled to Mundelein in one day—the largest event ever to take place in Lake County.

The program will include an architectural and historical walking tour of the seminary grounds and interiors including the Chapel and Library. Bishop George Rassas, former Pastor at Church of St. Mary, will lead a special visit to Cardinal Mundelein’s Villa, rarely open to the public. Transportation historian Norman Carlson will talk about the impact of the Eucharistic Congress and the challenges of transporting dignitaries, international visitors and local pilgrims to Mundelein, in one day, for the closing event.

The program is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes lunch. The tour involves a fair amount of walking and will take place rain or shine. Guests may stay and enjoy the grounds after the program. As you enter the seminary from Route 176, follow University Drive and park in the Purple Parking Lot. Please meet at the Main Chapel (map here).

This tour is sold out. Tickets will be held at the door.