Mundelein’s St. Mary of the Lake Seminary through the years

Mundelein Seminary has educated and trained more than 4,000 parish priests for approximately 80 Catholic dioceses around the world for 100 years from its idyllic 1,000-acre campus on the grounds of the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein.


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Priests on a walk at St. Mary of the Lake University Seminary in Mundelein.

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Dedication of the bridge in 1926 at the University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein.

Dedication of the bridge in 1926 at the University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein.

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The main chapel of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein.

The main chapel of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein.

Daily Herald file, 2002


A 1922 dispensational assembly at the University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein.

A 1922 dispensational assembly at the University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein.

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Bells installed in 1926 at the University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein.

Bells installed in 1926 at the University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein.

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A Wednesday evening Mass at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein.

A Wednesday evening Mass at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein.

File from the Daily Herald, 2005


Feehan Memorial Library at Saint Mary of the Lake University Seminary in Mundelein.

Feehan Memorial Library at Saint Mary of the Lake University Seminary in Mundelein.

Daily Herald file, 2002


View of the lake at Saint Mary of the Lake University Seminary in Mundelein.

View of the lake at Saint Mary of the Lake University Seminary in Mundelein.

Daily Herald file, 2002


The Mundelein Police Department hosted a Cops 'N' Bobbers Fishing Tournament at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary.  About 300 children aged 3 to 13 took part.

The Mundelein Police Department hosted a Cops ‘N’ Bobbers Fishing Tournament at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary. About 300 children aged 3 to 13 took part.

Paul Valade | Personal photographer, 2018


Archbishop Joseph Bernardin visits the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein.

Archbishop Joseph Bernardin visits the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein.

Daily Herald file, 1982


Cardinal George William Mundelein is buried in the main chapel of the seminary of St. Mary of the Lake University in Mundelein.

Cardinal George William Mundelein is buried in the main chapel of the seminary of St. Mary of the Lake University in Mundelein.

File from the Daily Herald, 2009


Cardinal George William Mundelein is credited with reviving and building the University of Saint Mary of Lake Mundelein Seminary.  He died in 1939.

Cardinal George William Mundelein is credited with reviving and building the University of Saint Mary of Lake Mundelein Seminary. He died in 1939.

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The XXVIII International Eucharistic Congress at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in June 1926. Thousands of Catholic clergy from around the world came to the event and there were a total of 800,000 people on the campus of Mundelein Seminary.

The XXVIII International Eucharistic Congress at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in June 1926. Thousands of Catholic clergy from around the world came to the event and there were a total of 800,000 people on the campus of Mundelein Seminary.

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The XXVIII International Eucharistic Congress at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in June 1926. Thousands of Catholic clergy from around the world came to the event and there were a total of 800,000 people on the campus of Mundelein Seminary.

The XXVIII International Eucharistic Congress at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in June 1926. Thousands of Catholic clergy from around the world came to the event and there were a total of 800,000 people on the campus of Mundelein Seminary.

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Aerial view of St. Mary of the Lake University Seminary in Mundelein.

Aerial view of St. Mary of the Lake University Seminary in Mundelein.

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Pews in the seminary chapel of the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein.

Pews in the seminary chapel of the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein.

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Image of historic building at the University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein.

Image of historic building at the University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein.

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A 1922 photo of the prayer hall at St. Mary of the Lake University Seminary in Mundelein.

A 1922 photo of the prayer hall at St. Mary of the Lake University Seminary in Mundelein.

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A 1921 construction image looking east across the lake at the University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein.

A 1921 construction image looking east across the lake at the University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein.

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Photo of the historic main gate of the University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein.

Photo of the historic main gate of the University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein.

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St. Mary of the Lake University Seminary Plaza in Mundelein.

St. Mary of the Lake University Seminary Plaza in Mundelein.

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Historical image of the interior of the main seminary chapel at St. Mary of the Lake University in Mundelein.

Historical image of the interior of the main seminary chapel at St. Mary of the Lake University in Mundelein.

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Historic view from the steeple of the University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein.

Historic view from the steeple of the University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein.

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Historic image in the main seminary chapel at St. Mary of the Lake University in Mundelein.

Historic image in the main seminary chapel at St. Mary of the Lake University in Mundelein.

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A 1921 image of the dormitories and seminary lecture hall at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein.

A 1921 image of the dormitories and seminary lecture hall at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein.

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A 1921 construction image at the University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein.

A 1921 construction image at the University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein.

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A 1921 image of the dam and bridge being built at the University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein.

A 1921 image of the dam and bridge being built at the University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein.

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An image of the construction of a 1920 building at the University of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein.

An image of the construction of a 1920 building at the University of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein.

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A historic aerial image of the University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein.

A historic aerial image of the University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein.

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Sister Anacleta in 1922 at St. Mary of the Lake University Seminary in Mundelein.  She was the seminary's first nurse.

Sister Anacleta in 1922 at St. Mary of the Lake University Seminary in Mundelein. She was the seminary’s first nurse.

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Seminarians on the seminary campus of the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein.

Seminarians on the seminary campus of the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein.

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A historical image of the presessional seminary at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein.

A historical image of the presessional seminary at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein.

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A photo of a 1922 swimming hole at the University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein.

A photo of a 1922 swimming hole at the University of St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein.

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A 1924 car dedication on the seminary campus of the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein.

A 1924 car dedication on the seminary campus of the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein.

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