The newness and busyness of life at Fairfield can be overwhelming. In the spirit and tradition of Ignatian Spirituality, Campus Ministry offers several retreat experiences to meet a wide range of spiritual needs. If you are looking to refresh your faith life and grow in your relationship with others, yourself and God, we have something for you!

First Year Retreats

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Friday, Sept. 18 - Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015

Join other first-year students for a fun getaway and conversations about faith, friendships, and the journey ahead at Fairfield University. Don't miss out on this fun opportunity to get off campus to build friendships, reflect on your time at Fairfield so far and find out how exploring your faith-life can enhance your experience at Fairfield. (Campfire, outdoor activities and reflection time included!)

  • Who: Open to all first-year students
  • Cost: $50 (Financial Aid available!)
  • Where: Camp Jewell, Colebrook, CT (transportation provided)

For more information, contact: Fr. Mark Scalese, S.J., or call (203) 254-4000 ext. 2379.‌


Kairos Retreat

cm_kairosretreat05Kairos, adapted to mean "God's time", is an intensive, three day, weekend experience that invites close examination of our relationships with God, ourselves, and others in a communal and reflective setting. This Catholic & Ignatian Retreat welcomes students of all faiths as well as those with no particular faith background.

Retreat dates in November 2015 and March 2016 to come

Kairos Community

If you have participated in a Kairos Retreat before, we welcome you to the Fairfield University Kairos Community. You are encouraged to apply to be a Kairos leader and participate in Community activities, such as Fourth Day, which occur, regularly throughout each semester.

Download Leadership Application.

4th Day Community

Sign up to receive the 4th Day Community Newsletter for events and community updates. All who have been on a Kairos Retreat are welcome to register.

The 4th Day Community Gatherings are held monthly. All Kairos Retreat Alumni are welcome. (students who have made Kairos either in high school or here at Fairfield University) who gather to further reflect on the themes of the retreat.

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Retreat in Daily Life

The 19th Annotated Retreat or the "Retreat in Daily Life" is open to faculty, administration, and staff. This retreat provides a year-long, individually directed experience with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.

Contact Fr. James Bowler, S.J., ext. 3248

Lenten Busy Student Retreat

This Lent, spend time with God in your regularly hectic schedule. Bring your life and concerns to the scriptures. There are no requirements or prerequisites; anyone can make this retreat. Many people find it a great way to incorporate some form of intentional prayer and spiritual growth into their everyday lives.

The retreat has two components:cm_cross

  1. Daily Prayer
    Utilizing the Prayer Guide provided by Campus Ministry, participants commit to 20 minutes of prayer everyday for the duration of the retreat.
  2. Spiritual Companions
    Students will be assigned with a Campus Minister with whom they will meet weekly over the course of the retreat. These are individual meetings with any of several campus ministers to discuss any issues relating to one's life, faith and prayer experience.

Retreat dates in spring 2016 to come

Ignatian Silent Retreat

Enjoy the bonds of silence, common meals, group prayer, and celebration of the Sacraments

  • What do you desire?
  • What is God inviting you to?
  • What are the movements of your heart?cm_winter_candles
  • Do you desire freedom and inner peace?
  • How do you integrate your faith with decisions you make in your life?

An adapted version of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, this retreat will be an opportunity to explore more deeply one's faith, the power of God's love for you, and your relationship with Jesus and others. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with a spiritual director one-on-one as well as hear thematic talks by the chaplain and retreat directors to help assist you in your faith journey.

Retreat date in January 2016 to come