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The University of Saint Mary of the Lake


The University campus, located forty miles northwest of downtown Chicago, is an architectural and artistic treasure which greatly enhances the experience of Liturgical Institute students. The fourteen major buildings which comprise the physical plant are formally arranged at the west end of the campus overlooking Saint Mary’s Lake. The buildings use a 1920s Colonial Revival mode with design and materials of the highest quality. Historic paintings, ornate plaster work and prayerful atmosphere enrich the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.




The Feehan Memorial Library, along with the McEssy Theological Resource Center, houses over 200,000 catalogued books and subscriptions to over 500 periodicals. The collection is especially strong in Philosophy, Patristic Studies, Theology, Sacramentology, Liturgy and Church History, with a view to supporting research work in these fields. The library also participates in the CARLI I-Share Consortium, giving access to 86 Illinois membership libraries.


With an interior modeled on the library of the Barberini Palace in Rome, the Feehan Library’s carved walnut tables, displays of the library’s historical collections and inscriptions in marble walls provide an inspiring and uplifting environment for study.


The Liturgical Institute’s Library and Reading Room provides access to ready reference materials and ritual books.


Dining Hall


A pleasant dining atmosphere is provided in the refectory. An appetizing and varied menu, including a full soup and salad bar, is prepared daily by the university kitchen staff. The dining hall also includes a visitor's center and bookstore.


Computer Services


Wireless internet connections are available throughout campus. Students who do not have personal computers may use one of the computer labs. Support may be available from trained student volunteers as well as from the Office of Computer Services.


Health Center


An on-campus health center is operated by a registered nurse. Doctors are available in the nearby communities of Mundelein and Libertyville for consultation in case of illness.


Athletic Facilities


In addition to the gymnasium and indoor swimming pool, the University offers playing fields and courts for baseball, racquetball and tennis. A beautifully maintained eighteen-hole golf course on the grounds, operated professionally for public use, is available without charge to full-time students and faculty on a limited basis.


Regional Amenities


The University campus is located 40 miles northwest of Chicago, in Lake County, Illinois, home to parks, nature preserves and bike trails. The local area provides access to museums, cultural events and village festivals. Two nearby commuter train lines offer easy, affordable access to Chicago and its social and cultural offerings.

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