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About Us

The University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary Welcome Center Bookstore is your number one source for Catholic and Christian books, unique gift items, and logo apparel. We’re dedicated to giving you the very best selection of spiritual reading and gifts with a purpose. 

Opened in 2017, the Welcome Center Bookstore has come a long way from its beginnings as The Regina Cleri Bookstore, a student bookstore previously located in the basement of a residence hall on campus. We are excited to be in a completely new, beautiful space, centrally located on campus. Customers can sit and relax, surrounded by soft music, as they peruse the many books that we have to offer. Customers can stroll the beautiful campus of over 600 wooded acres and purchase lunch in our refectory. This is truly a destination worth visiting.


​We are now better able to serve customers from near and far in our store on campus, as well as through our online store. ​Many of the items that we sell have been personally selected with the purpose of helping others. Some of these items include: 

  • Fair trade food products, assuring farmers are given fair prices for their produce;
  • Special Sparkle jewelry, made by a young woman with down's syndrome;
  • Prosperity Candles, made by Burmese women refugees to the United States;
  • Communio Sauces, a company founded by a graduate of USML, Fr. David Simonetti, which donates 100% of its profits to charities. 

We are a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit. All purchases help to support the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.

We hope you enjoy our products as much as we enjoy offering them to you. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,

Kim O'Neill

Store Manager