Mundelein Seminary is celebrating 100 years of preparing men to be priests, bridges to Christ for the people they serve.USML has ordained more than 4000 to the priesthood for some 40 dioceses across the United States and beyond.
As the Seminary celebrates its centennial year, they have undertaken a special initiative to build another type of bridge to the future.
More than 100 year ago, Cardinal Mundelein chose the classical Early American style of architecture for the construction of his new seminary in Chicago. Cardinal Mundelein wanted to make a statement that the priests who would be trained at Mundelein Seminary would be trained thoroughly in our Catholic Faith in a setting that was thoroughly American.
One of the distinctive elements of the campus architecture is found in the five bridges that surround the campus. Literally, the entire campus is tied together through these beautiful structures.
This year Mundelein Seminary is in the process of replacing the roadway and main entrance bridge, which structurally is no longer sound enough to carry regular vehicle traffic, and consequently is was necessary to close the main entrance to the campus. Mundelein Seminary has undertaken a campaign to raise funds needed to replace this important bridge and open access once again to the main entrance and roadway to the seminary.
They have been able to raise $2,500,000 of the $2,999,000 cost of this project. To raise the additional $500,000, Mundelein Seminary is asking friends who have a special connection with the seminary to make a gift of $5,000 (500 parishioners donate $10) or more. In exchange, the donor will be memorialized on one of the Pillars on this new bridge.
Our donations will help Mundelein Seminary and memorialize Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament on one of the Pillars on this new Bridge to the Future. Please look for the blue Bridge to the Future envelopes in our vestibules to donate to the Mundelein Seminary Bridge Campaign.
Questions? Please contact the parish office by e-mail or telephone (847) 979-0901.