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Join us for a liturgical study weekend, where you will get a first-hand look at what it's like to attend The Liturgical Institute on our beautiful 1,000 acre campus in Mundelein, Illinois.


During this weekend you will participate in five fun and challenging classroom lectures with Liturgical Institute faculty members, plus a special evening presentation called “From Deserts to Desserts,” which includes a "liturgical" dessert tasting. Each day will be enriched by sung Mass and chanted Liturgy of the Hours, and your room and all your meals are included in the registration fee.


Maybe you’re new to the Catholic Church and want to learn more about the Sacred Liturgy, or maybe you’ve been attending Mass your whole life and want to dig deeper. Either way, you will not want to miss this unique opportunity.  You won’t be changed, you’ll be transfigured. 


God wants us all to share in His own divine life, and so He sent His Son to bring humanity into the very life of the Trinity. He gave a pledge of this great gift at the Transfiguration, where Christ and His garments became dazzlingly white, radiant with the light of heaven. Christ continues to plead for us at the right hand of God, asking that all of humanity share in what He shares in: the heavenly energy that makes human beings fully alive. And the sacramental life of the Church, especially the Mass, is how this divine life is given to us. Going to Mass, then, is more than mere duty. It is the great eternal opportunity to be formed more and more into the very likeness of God.

Learn more about how to receive this divine life.

Become informed. Become radiant. Be Transfigured.


“The Son of God became man so that we might become God.” –Saint Athanasius



Friday July 12

3:00 pm

4:15 pm

5:00 pm

6:00 pm

7:30 pm

9:00 pm

Check-in and Registration 

Chanted Evening Prayer

Sung Mass


Divinization Through the Liturgy

Social with drinks and light snacks

Saturday July 13


Chanted Morning Prayer

Sung Mass

The Objective Beauty of the Mass

An Introduction to the Sacraments


And the Word became Sacrament

Liturgical Time

Chanted Evening Prayer


From Deserts to Desserts

Social, Adoration, & Confession

7:30 am

8:30 am

9:00 am

10:15 am

11:30 am

1:00 pm

2:15 pm

3:30 pm

5:00 pm

6:00 pm

7:30 pm

9:00 pm

Sunday July 14


Chanted Morning Prayer

Sung Mass



7:30 am

8:30 am

9:00 am

10:30 am

12:00 pm




Single Room Registration


Shared Room Registration


Commuter Registration*

*Commuter registration fee includes all meals but does not include a room.



Celebrant for Mass on Sunday July 14th 

Closing Speaker

Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago

Most Reverend Mark Bartosic


From Deserts to Desserts

This refers not only to the repast we will enjoy at the end of this address, it is the approach we will take to understanding Liturgical Asceticism. Asceticism may have been perfected in the sands of the desert, but it was born in the waters of the baptismal font. Every baptized Christian is called to be an ascetic … though not of the monastic variety. What does asceticism in the world look like, then? Can we learn lessons in the desert to apply to our asceticism in the world? How does the liturgy form a saint, and how does asceticism capacitate us for liturgy?

Professor of Theology at University of Notre Dame

Dr. David Fagerberg

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And the Word became Sacrament: Scriptural Foundations of Sacramental Mystery

While many “typological” readings of sacred scripture are familiar to us (e.g., relating the crossing of the Red Sea to baptism), we can sometimes fail to appreciate how the intrinsic mystery of the Word itself undergirds the iconic power of our Catholic sacramental signs and symbols. In this session we’ll focus on specific biblical passages to illuminate the links between two sacramental mysteries: the sacred text and the symbolic figure or action.

Rector of Mundelein Seminary & Liturgical Institute Faculty

Rev. John Kartje

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The Objective Beauty of the Mass

Thomas Aquinas defines a beautiful thing as one which reveals its inner theological nature, making the mind of God knowable to us through our senses. Beautiful liturgy, then, requires knowing the nature of liturgy itself. Drawing from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and an introduction to Thomistic theology of beauty, participants will learn how to evaluate what makes liturgy "beautiful" in both theory and practice.

Academic Director of The Liturgical Institute

Dr. Denis McNamara

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An Introduction to the Sacraments

Based upon the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Mr. Carstens will introduce key concepts in sacramental theology and each of the seven sacraments, their institution, their ritual celebration, their minister and recipients, and their effects. 

Liturgical Institute Faculty

Mr. Christopher Carstens

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Liturgical Time: How to Pray in Hours, Weeks, Seasons, and Years

Examine how the Church’s theology of time is expressed and how it gives us a proper context for celebrating the great mysteries of faith. The origins and developments of the major seasons and feasts of the Church year are explored with an emphasis on the theology of Sunday and the development of the Liturgy of the Hours.

Liturgical Institute Faculty

Dr. Lynne Boughton

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Sharing in the Divinity of Christ: Divinization Through Participation in the Liturgy

On Mount Tabor, Christ’s body became dazzlingly bright, showing his divinity even while still in the world. The same divine life of Christ’s glorified body is available to all Catholics in the Church’s liturgy, and so participation in the Mass is so much more than mere duty. It is the opportunity to share in God’s own being and then go out into the world to bring that light to others.

St. John Paul II Newman Center University of Illinois at Chicago

Rev. Connor Danstrom



The University of Saint Mary of the Lake Mundelein Seminary

1000 East Maple Avenue, Mundelein, IL 60060

Chartered in 1844 and established on this campus in 1921, The University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary includes the major seminary of the Archdiocese of Chicago with a national and international reach. While you are here at the conference you can take in the beauty of our entire 1,000-acre campus.


In total, USML served over 900 students this past year. As a graduate school of theology, the University has an enrollment of nearly 300 degree-seeking students, of which over 200 are seminarians preparing for service as diocesan priests in nearly 40 dioceses worldwide. Additionally, our specialized Institutes of Diaconal Studies, Lay Formation, Ongoing Formation, along with The Liturgical Institute and Instituto de Liderazgo Pastoral, prepare more than 400 women and men for roles of vocational service.