The University of Our Lady of the Lake Seminary is also known as the Mundelein Seminary for short. This is the biggest Catholic seminary in North America which serves many counties/states and other countries also send their students there for studies.
This is my second time attending their family day visiting our Filipino seminarian friends whose parents and loved ones are back home.
There are a number of Filipino seminarians studying there now and a couple of them are going to be ordained in the Spring of next year. For years the Salgados has served as foster parents for many of them with help and support from other friends and members of St. Isidore Parish of Bloomingdale.
Bros. Ervin and Albert always reserve a hall for the Filipino potluck which is shared with their seminarian friends, especially those with hankering for Filipino flavors.
They have a flurry of activities the whole day but we were there before the mass. The seminary church is open to the public especially during Sundays at 9:00 am. This time the mass was at 11:30, attended by family and friends after which they hosted a picnic in the seminary grounds. Later there is a tour of the huge campus and a program in the afternoon presented by the students.
I still have to see their show but we’re content and happy spending the time with our favorite seminarians. They are very gracious and hospitable in showing us their dormitory rooms and walking the grounds with them. They tell us about their seminary lives but conversations are kept light by their wit and sense of humor such that there never is a dull moment with them. This time we also toured their new library which is really very conducive to reading and studying. Luxurious but the decor light handed, homey and comfy with plenty of natural light.
Before we left we enjoyed a brief ride on a pontoon navigated by one of the students. That was another big treat as normally we just gaze at the lake, walk the gardens, enjoy the breeze and Fall foliage.