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Spring Semester 2021

Due to Covid-19 precautions, all liturgies and events this semester are open only to current staff, faculty and staff. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

A message from Rev. Gerald Blaszczak, S.J., Vice President for Mission and Ministry

Dear Fairfield University Community:

April 12 marks the beginning of the month of Ramadan, the holy season of prayer and fasting for our Muslim brothers and sisters, which finishes with Eid al Fitr on the evening of May 12.

I wish to extend our prayers and best wishes to all the members of the Fairfield community who will be observing Ramadan. We pray for them and for Muslims throughout the world, asking God, merciful and compassionate, to bless them all abundantly.

For a deeper understanding of this holy season I invite you all to read our Muslim Chaplain Imam Kemal Cecunjanin’s reflection on the meaning of Ramadan.

With Sincere Good Wishes,
Fr. Gerry Blaszczak

A Ramadan Reflection from Muslim Chaplain Imam Kemal Cecunjanin, Fairfield University Campus Ministry

Read Muslim Chapel Cecunjanin's Reflection

A Ramadan Reflection from Muslim Chaplain Imam Kemal Cecunjanin, Fairfield University Campus Ministry

In the Name of God, The Merciful, The Compassionate

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is the holy month of fasting and is called the month of Revelation. Islamic tradition teaches that God revealed His final Word, The Quran, to the Prophet Muhammad — peace be upon him — in the city of Mecca during Ramadan in the year 610. Moreover, Ramadan is considered holy because God communicated His Word to Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad — peace be upon them — during the month. The Prophet Muhammad said, "The Scrolls (Suhuf) of Abraham were revealed on the first of Ramadan. The Torah was revealed on the sixth of Ramadan. The Gospel (Injil) was revealed on the thirteenth of Ramadan. And The Criterion (Quran) was revealed on the twenty-fourth of Ramadan" (Ahmad). Thus, Ramadan is extraordinary as God sent guidance to humanity and manifested Himself to His Prophets in the month.

For Muslims, Ramadan is a time for reflecting, devotion, and generosity. The Quran teaches that fasting leads to righteousness. Refraining from food, drink, and carnal desires from dawn to sunset helps reduce materialistic tendencies and fosters spiritual growth. Hunger decreases the inclination to sin, humbles those fasting, and reminds us of the poor. The more significant objective of fasting is to refrain from harming others and to be distant from wrongdoing. During Ramadan, Muslims redirect their hearts to God and focus on the afterlife. They congregate at Mosques for evening prayers, meditate, recite Scripture, give charity, and share meals.

The end of Ramadan marks a Muslim holiday called Eid al-Fitr, The Celebration of Fast-Breaking. On Eid, Muslims give charity and congregate for morning prayer to express their gratitude to God for His graces as they complete one of Islam's five pillars. Communities come together, families reunite, and the faithful open their doors to welcome guests and share the blessings of their Creator.

Campus Ministry

Reflecting our Catholic value that all people are created in the image and likeness of God, Campus Ministry strives to be a home for all students to integrate faith into the whole of their lives from an intellectual and spiritual perspective. Rooted in our Ignatian identity, we welcome students from all faith traditions and at all points on their spiritual journey. Recognizing the need for solidarity in today’s world, we seek to nurture a "faith that does justice."

Come visit us in our office, located on the lower level of the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola!

Encountering Faith. Deepening Knowledge. Transforming Lives.

Our Guiding Principles and Values:

  • Solidarity that animates our desire to do justice in the world.
  • Encountering the Holy by inviting each person on a spiritual journey that includes prayer, reflection and worship.
  • Hospitality - welcoming students to participate in community, valued for who they are.
  • Transformational Growth - inviting students to explore vocation, resilience, leadership and engagement.
  • Religious Diversity - cultivating relationships and opportunities for dialogue within and across religious difference.
  • Ignatian Spirituality - exploring language and concepts through which students can make sense and meaning of their experiences.
  • Stewardship and Sustainability - ensuring a more just use of our shared resources and care for our common home.

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Community Service Programs

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Community Service Programs

Fairfield University Campus Ministry offers a wide range of community service programs. The community service programs include after school programs, animal welfare, daycare, Fairfield Volunteer Corps, Mentoring and many more.

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Interfaith Ecumenical Service

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Interfaith Ecumenical Service

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 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.

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Liturgy Worship

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Liturgy Worship

Students have the opportunity to serve as Acolytes, Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers (EMs), Lectors, and Musicians at Sunday Masses, on Holy Days, and at all special Masses throughout the school year.

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Retreats

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Retreats

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.

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Service Immersion Experiences

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Service Immersion Experiences

Fairfield University’s Office of Campus Ministry 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 key element of the Fairfield University experience. The Service Immersion Program offers both domestic and international opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to explore what it means to live a faith that does justice and to deepen their relationships with God.

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Social Justice

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Social Justice

Campus Ministry offers several programs for students to actively dedicate themselves to social justice issues.

Social Justice Groups

Students for Social Justice

Students for Social Justice (S4SJ) is a dynamic, student-lead group that aims to educate, advocate, and activate around issues of social justice, to be a voice for the voiceless, and to further enrich Fairfield's mission in the service of faith and the promotion of justice. Past activities have included a Darfur activism campaign, Congressional letter writing campaigns, a Fair-Trade Bazaar and Fashion Show, and the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice.

Open to all classes, the group meets every Tuesday from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. in Campus Ministry. All are welcome! Contact Katie Byrnes, (203) 254-4000 x2901.

Students for Life

Participants aim to learn about, understand, and raise awareness about pro-life issues on our campus and in our communities. Students explore initiatives that focus on increasing respect and dignity for people at every stage of life. Contact Katie Byrnes, (203) 254-4000, x2901.

Post-Graduate Social Justice

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Post-Graduate Social Justice

If you're like most Fairfield University students, you've spent some time volunteering with either the local, domestic, or international communities. If the idea of doing service after graduation has crossed your mind before, or if it interests you now, you should know that Fairfield University has a proud tradition of students serving in many different volunteer agencies after graduation, both in the United States, and throughout the world.

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Staff

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Staff

Meet the staff in Campus Ministry.

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