A Promising Development at Mundelein Seminary

I was alerted this is exceptionally good news:

A Promising Development at Mundelein Seminary

It warms my heart to see this on the list of classes for next quarter. Will I be taking it? Absolutely!

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  1. Next up: Cincinnati’s Mount St. Mary’s of the West. Several members of its faculty read this site. C’mon, gentlemen — let’s make it happen.

  2. pcstokell says:

    Nice to see “Parish Leadership and Administration” on there as well!

  3. John 6:54 says:

    It’s about time, many of the KCK seminarians got to Mundelein.

  4. dallas says:

    as to the line above – after Bozek, the Polish Community so needs ministry…

  5. frhoisington says:

    Having been a seminarian at Fundelein from 1991 until my ordination in 1995, I can only say that the small group of conservative seminarians with whom I took solace never, N-E-V-E-R, NEVER would have imagined in our wildest dreams that Mundelein would offer such a course. After four years of listening to homilies about how God is like an Oreo cookie (you don’t want to know…) and having evenings of spiritual formation dedicated to learning Tai Chi, and having newly ordained deacons proudly wear suit and tie to their ordination reception (to prove how “unclerical” they were), we felt lucky to get out in one piece. We will all admit that some of the academic professors were extremely good, especially in systematics and morals, but as far as external spiritual formation or liturgy (seminarians were forced to stand during the Eucharistic Prayer, and a large minority of priest faculty attended daily Mass without concelebrating), forget it…

    Deo gratias!!! And thanks to Cardinal George, as well!

  6. Hans says:

    There’s not a great deal of surprise here with Cardinal George’s history in this regard, especially Polish connection with the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius at St. John Cantius, one of Chicago’s “Polish cathedrals”.

  7. Dan says:

    What you can’t see in that photo is that it is listed in the section titled “Required Courses”.

  8. ryder says:

    (Sort of OT…mea culpa)

    I had what is surely an unoriginal thought on Sunday as I watched about eight lay people head up to the altar during the Agnus Dei: wouldn’t it be wonderful if, as just a start, Catholics assigned the same level of importance to the word “extraordinary” in the title “extraordinary form” as they do to the same word in the title “extraordinary minister”?

    It is, after all, the same word.

  9. TJerome says:

    Hans, except that St. John Cantius doesn’t pander to Poles by having a Polish language Mass. The Masses there are in Latin (EF and OF) or in English. Tom

  10. Ralph says:

    As our Bishop, Bishop Kicanas, is the former rector of Mundelein, many of our seminarians are now being sent there. (I undertand that none are allowed to go to the North American College in Rome anymore, but that’s another story)

    I am glad to see this change, as small as it is. It gives me hope for the young men discerning vocation in our diocese.

    Brick by brick Father Z, Brick by brick.

  11. TJerome says:

    What’s wrong with the NAC? I hear it’s getting more traditional all of the time. Tom

  12. Henry Edwards says:

    I’ll think they’re making some more progress when those courses at the top entitled “Presiding at the Eucharist” are replaced by ones entitled “Celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass”.

    “Presiding at the Eucharist” sounds like what a lay parish administrator does when she puts on an alb and loiters in the sanctuary acting like she’s in charge while the priest (aka “sacramental minister”) celebrates Mass.

  13. Manrique Zabala de Arizona says:

    Credit by credit in the Seminary!! ;)

  14. Its worth pointing out that this is in fact the SECOND year that Mundelein seminary has offered this course.

  15. This is the second year that Father Dennis Kolinski, SJC, Pastor of St. Peter’s in Volo has been teaching the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to some of the men from Mundelein seminary. There is interest among the seminarians and I believe that each year the interest will grow.
    Fr. C. Frank Phillips, CR

  16. Fr. Phillips, pleasure to see you here. I agree. More and more of the younger men coming up are interested in learning the traditional forms. They are deeply affected by them. Five years will bring some big changes.

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