University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary
Mundelein Seminary is the major seminary and graduate school of theology for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Currently there are 242 students studying for the diocesan priesthood and other professional and academic careers. Seminarians come from approximately 30-plus dioceses in the United States, as well as Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Mundelein Seminary is currently the largest Roman Catholic priesthood preparation program in the United States.
Mundelein Seminary’s Faith-Science Integration Initiative (FSII) is a comprehensive revision of its four-year priestly formation program. The driving philosophy of the revision is to ensure that facility with the scientific knowledge, and the ability to discuss it becomes an integral component of its priestly formation program; not only to advance the personal education of the priest-candidate, but also to develop his capacity to accurately and effectively communicate the distinction between faith and science in his ministry. The FSII will be dedicated to
- the development and curricular integration of a series of modules exploring the significance of scientific investigation and findings for the core concentrations of “Fundamental Theology”, “Christian Anthropology, Creation, Grace and Eschatology”, “Evangelization” (its School of the Good Shepherd program), and “Spiritual Direction”;
- the integration of science-based presentations and conversations facilitated by its students into its Teaching Parish Program;
- the development of a one-day, all-campus symposium engaging the seminary community, visiting scholars, and the public to explore in detail the field of Complexity Theory (as a significant example of a fairly young scientific discipline that evinces the importance of a broad perspective of mind and the ability to integrate multiple disciplines with creativity).