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January 15-17, 2021

March 12-14, 2021

Mundelein Seminary


Exploring Priesthood Weekend

is a retreat designed to help men Junior in College and older to discern God's call to the diocesan priesthood.
To be called by God to serve him as a priest means to have one's soul stirred deep within. Throughout a weekend of prayer, discussion, presentations of diocesan priesthood and group interaction, men begin to better understand God's movement in their life.

Exploring Priesthood Weekends are held at Mundelein Seminary, 1000 East Maple Avenue, Mundelein, Illinois, 60060. The Seminary is located about 40 miles north of downtown Chicago and easily accessible by car or train. Transportation is available to and from O'Hare Airport by request.


What Happens on These Weekends?

There are presentations on:

  • Practical steps for discerning a vocation
  • Values of priesthood
  • Seminary life, academics, spiritual formation and pastoral ministry
  • Seminarians share their vocation stories

There are several worship opportunities including the celebration Mass.  Men are encouraged to ask questions, interact with seminarians and priests, pray in chapels, walk the grounds, or use the recreational facilities (pool, gymnasium, weight room). By fully engaging in the opportunities provided on the retreat, men are more able to understand where God is leading them.  See the Jan. 2021 schedule and welcome letter from Mundelein for more details.  Be sure to read the General COVID Guidelines from Mundelein.


How do I Register?

  1. Register online with the Joliet Vocation Office (for next upcoming event only at this time)
  2. Register with Mundelein Seminary online or by contacting Fr. Thomas Byrne at (847) 970-4851 or tbyrne@usml.edu or Marianne Hadden at (847) 970-4851 (mhadden@usml.edu)


For more information contact:

Fr. Steven Borello
Joliet Diocese Vocation Director