Formation | A Podcast from Mundelein Seminary
RECTOR REFLECTION: Father John Kartje on Catholic Chicago Radio Show

RECTOR REFLECTION: Father John Kartje on Catholic Chicago Radio Show

March 4, 2021

Our rector Father John Kartje recently appeared on the Catholic Chicago Radio Show with hosts Father Greg Sakowicz ‘79 (Archdiocese of Chicago) and Mark Teresi to discuss his own journey to the priesthood as well as provide an update on current happenings at the seminary.

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RECTOR REFLECTION: A Letter to Seminarians | February 24, 2021

RECTOR REFLECTION: A Letter to Seminarians | February 24, 2021

February 25, 2021

Homily for Luke 11:29-32

While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah.  Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. At the judgment the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation  and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here.  At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation
and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here.”

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FORMATION #17: From Prosecutor to Seminarian

FORMATION #17: From Prosecutor to Seminarian

February 19, 2021

Seminarians at Mundelein come from diverse backgrounds. Teachers, engineers, journalists, accountants or in the case of seminarian Ben Thomsen, a felony prosecutor.

 

Ben entered Mundelein Seminary in 2015 to study for the Archdiocese of Atlanta and was freshly out of the courtroom when he wrote a piece for The Bridge—Mundelein’s seminarian-produced magazine—about how his career as a lawyer might impact his formation as a seminarian.

 

Now that Ben is a third-year theologian preparing for his diaconate ordination, we asked him to re-read the column he wrote 5 years ago and share some updated thoughts on how his background has influenced his time in seminary, as well as sharing his vocation story and more experiences from his formation. Listen to his original column and stay tuned for our interview afterward.

 

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RECTOR REFLECTION: “Fasting, and Weeping, and Mourning” | February 17, 2021

RECTOR REFLECTION: “Fasting, and Weeping, and Mourning” | February 17, 2021

February 17, 2021
Homily for Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
 

Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. “When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”

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FORMATION #16: A Million-Dollar Idea - Solar Power at the Seminary

FORMATION #16: A Million-Dollar Idea - Solar Power at the Seminary

February 10, 2021

"I can't give $1 million to Mundelein Seminary, but I thought maybe I could save them $1 million."

David Brochu, a longtime donor and leader in clean energy technology, turned his million-dollar idea into a reality by partnering with other generous investors to create the first solar power array on a Catholic seminary campus in the United States.

Read more about the project and see photos of the array.

 

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RECTOR REFLECTION: Noticing Speed Bumps as Opportunities | January 31, 2021

RECTOR REFLECTION: Noticing Speed Bumps as Opportunities | January 31, 2021

February 4, 2021

Homily for Mark 1:21-28

Then they came to Capernaum, and on the sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet!  Come out of him!” The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him. All were amazed and asked one another, “What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.” His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

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YEAR OF SAINT JOSEPH: A Beloved Father | Bishop Joseph N. Perry

YEAR OF SAINT JOSEPH: A Beloved Father | Bishop Joseph N. Perry

January 29, 2021

Each month Mundelein seminarians are commemorating the Year of Saint Joseph by gathering for vespers and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a spiritual reflection on Saint Joseph.

A series of guest speakers will offer reflections on aspects of Saint Joseph’s life and spiritual character, based on Pope Francis’ Patris Corde and the Litany of St. Joseph. Bishop Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago and Episcopal Vicar of Vicariate VI, presided over the January event and offered a beautiful reflection on Saint Joseph as a beloved father.

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RECTOR REFLECTION: Parabolas and the Spiritual Life | January 27, 2021

RECTOR REFLECTION: Parabolas and the Spiritual Life | January 27, 2021

January 27, 2021

Homily for Mark 4:1-20

On another occasion, Jesus began to teach by the sea. A very large crowd gathered around him  so that he got into a boat on the sea and sat down. And the whole crowd was beside the sea on land. And he taught them at length in parables,  and in the course of his instruction he said to them,  “Hear this!  A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,  and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep. And when the sun rose, it was scorched and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it  and it produced no grain. And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit. It came up and grew and yielded thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” He added, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.” And when he was alone,  those present along with the Twelve  questioned him about the parables. He answered them,  “The mystery of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you. But to those outside everything comes in parables, so that they may look and see but not perceive, and hear and listen but not understand, in order that they may not be converted and be forgiven.” Jesus said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand any of the parables? The sower sows the word. These are the ones on the path where the word is sown. As soon as they hear, Satan comes at once and takes away the word sown in them. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground who, when they hear the word, receive it at once with joy. But they have no roots; they last only for a time. Then when tribulation or persecution comes because of the word,  they quickly fall away. Those sown among thorns are another sort. They are the people who hear the word, but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches,  and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word,  and it bears no fruit. But those sown on rich soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.”

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RECTOR REFLECTION: Is this Part of God’s Plan? | January 24, 2021

RECTOR REFLECTION: Is this Part of God’s Plan? | January 24, 2021

January 26, 2021

Homily for Mark 1:14-20

After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” As he passed by the Sea of Galilee,
he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Then they abandoned their nets and followed him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him.

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RECTOR REFLECTION: What Does Conquer the World Mean? | January 9, 2021

RECTOR REFLECTION: What Does Conquer the World Mean? | January 9, 2021

January 19, 2021

Homily for John 3:22-30

Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea, where he spent some time with them baptizing. John was also baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was an abundance of water there, and people came to be baptized, for John had not yet been imprisoned. Now a dispute arose between the disciples of John and a Jew about ceremonial washings. So they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing and everyone is coming to him.” John answered and said, “No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said that I am not the Christ, but that I was sent before him. The one who has the bride is the bridegroom; the best man, who stands and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made complete. He must increase; I must decrease.”

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