The Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Campus Ministry Center, located on the lower level of the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola, strives to be a home for students of all faith traditions who are interested in exploring and enriching their spiritual lives. Rooted in the Catholic faith and steeped in the Ignatian tradition, Campus Ministry is committed to the development of the whole person and believes that a healthy spiritual life is an essential and key element of the Fairfield University experience.
We welcome students from all faith traditions and at all points on their spiritual journey. We offer many different ways to explore what it means to be a person of faith in today's world and to live a "faith that does justice."
Campus Ministry offers a wide variety of popular programs. Retreats, immersion/pilgrimage experiences, service trips, social justice groups, liturgies, and gatherings for prayer and reflection are open to students of all faiths. We also offer opportunities for one-on-one conversation, pastoral counseling, and spiritual direction.
In support of a vibrant liturgical life on campus, there are many opportunities to participate in musical, Eucharistic, and Lector liturgical ministries with the daily and weekend Masses and groups such as the Lord's Chords and the EM and Lector Communities. There are also several social justice advocacy programs, such as the Students for Social Justice and Students for Life, providing opportunities for partnering works and faith.
In an effort to attend to the spiritual needs of our non-Catholic students, Campus Ministry provides a host of services and collaborates with those beyond the Catholic and Jesuit tradition. Campus Ministry co-sponsors monthly Shabbat services and dinners. A Muslim Chaplain-Intern is also available to provide support to our Muslim students. A campus minister affiliated with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is also available to meet the needs of some of our Protestant students. The Orthodox Christian Fellowship maintains a vibrant presence on campus. Campus Ministry also makes every effort to enable non-Catholic students to connect with local faith communities from their tradition by providing transportation to and from local churches, synagogues, and mosques.
Campus Ministry invites all students to come learn, grow, laugh, and pray as they explore their relationship with themselves, God, and their community. We, the staff of Campus Ministry, hope that our students' hearts are set on fire for love and justice as they hear the call of God in their lives.
We look forward to meeting you!