2021: The Year of St. Joseph
JOIN MUNDELEIN SEMINARIANS IN CELEBRATING YEAR OF SAINT JOSEPH WITH ONLINE SPEAKER SERIES AND 30-DAY CONSECRATION OPPORTUNITY
Pope Francis recently designated 2021 as the Year of Saint Joseph, and Mundelein Seminary is
offering several opportunities for people to celebrate this special year and grow in personal
holiness along with the seminarians as they reflect and pray on the life of Saint Joseph. Through
a monthly speaker series and a 30-day consecration to Saint Joseph, participants will gain a
better understanding of this essential figure in the life of Jesus.
“While Saint Joseph is mentioned fairly briefly in sacred scripture, there is much we can learn
from his model of obedience to God’s will and his example as a husband and father,” said
Father John Kartje, rector of Mundelein Seminary. “My hope is that these liturgies and prayerful
devotions will help our seminarian community and all those who join us to enter more deeply
into the rich spiritual life and witness of this great saint. As patron of the universal Church,
Joseph remains a trusted guide for all diocesan priests and seminarians, as well as the people
whom they serve.”
Beginning in the last week of January, the seminary will host monthly evenings of reflection that
include vespers and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament as well as guest speakers offering
reflections on different aspects of Saint Joseph’s life and spiritual character. Based on Pope
Francis’ apostolic letter Patris Corde and the Litany of Saint Joseph, the reflections will be
offered by bishops, priests, and lay people from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives.
The reflections will be recorded and shared with anyone who signs up online to receive them at
Speakers include Bishop Joseph N. Perry (Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago), Father Brian Welter
(executive director of the Institute for Priestly Formation), Jennifer Reid (pastoral associate at
St. Columbanus Church in Chicago) and more.
The public is also invited to join Mundelein seminarians in completing a 30-day consecration to
Saint Joseph from Feb. 15 to March 19. The consecration will follow along with reflections and
resources in the book Consecration to Saint Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father by
Father Donald Calloway, MIC.
Participants will also be invited to join a private Facebook group to meet, discuss, and pray
together throughout the 30-day consecration journey.
To register to receive the monthly speaker videos or join the consecration, visit
About Mundelein Seminary and the University of Saint Mary of the Lake
Mundelein Seminary, located on the campus of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake
(USML), is the major seminary and graduate school of theology for the formation of priests in
the Archdiocese of Chicago. Led by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich as chancellor and Father John
Kartje as rector, Mundelein Seminary educates more than 130 seminarians from nearly 30
dioceses across the country and around the world. USML is the oldest university in Chicagoland
and is composed of six schools and institutes, all devoted to ministry formation. USML serves
approximately 1,000 students through its degree and certificate programs. Its Conference
Center serves 35,000 clients a year.