One of the recent exciting events at Mundelein Seminary was the Hispanic community’s first
annual cookout. At this seminary, the Hispanic community is well organized and ready to engage the
community at large. The Hispanic ministry organizes various events throughout the year in which we are
able to demonstrate and share the best of our Latin culture. There is an amazing group of seminarians
from different Latin American countries, and each of us had the opportunity to share our distinctive
I am now here at Mundelein Seminary in the Chicago area, and this is my first year of formation
after my graduation from Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, Texas. I am part of the Hispanic
community, and we, approximately 20% of the totality of the Mundelein student body, gathered
together to organize a special afternoon in which we prepared different recipes from our home
countries such as Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. We all cooked chicken, but
each in our own distinctive way. In this way, our special guests and the entire Mundelein seminary
community had the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable moment.
The event took place in the evening. Our rector, Rev. Robert Barren, prayed and blessed the
food. Then we started serving the food while the guests enjoyed an amazing group of musicians from
South America who were playing Andean Music. It was just an incredible moment in which we had the
opportunity to share some of our cultural richness.
We prayed, ate, sang, and shared part of our Hispanic essence: happiness and love. Indeed, this is
part of every Christian experience. When Christ is at the center of our lives, we cannot but rejoice and
celebrate all the good things that He has done for us.