Campus Ministry

On This Page

Special Announcements

11 a.m. Summer Masses

Sunday Masses at 11 a.m. are now open to the public for in-person attendance. Services will also continue to be available remotely via livestream.

 

2021 Fairfield Challenge: Update

Thank you for your interest in the Fairfield Challenge. The 2021 program will not be occurring as advertised in the First Year Student Guide. Please contact the Dean of Students office at dosoffice@fairfield.edu with any questions you might have.

  

Ignatian Year

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Tomorrow marks the beginning of the Ignatian Year, the 500th anniversary of the wounding of St. Ignatius of Loyola at Pamplona, Spain. It was following his wounding, and in the midst of his long convalescence, that Ignatius had the conversion that would lead him to the transformative mission — to help souls — that informs Ignatian spirituality, and hence, the work of our University.

Ignatius500 is the name given by the Society of Jesus to commemorate this turning point in the life of Ignatius, which would ultimately give rise to the foundation of the Society of Jesus in 1534 and its formal approval by Pope Paul III in 1540.

Fr. General Arturo Sosa, S.J., and USA East Provincial Fr. Joseph O’Keefe, S.J., are encouraging Jesuits and their colleagues and ministries to enter into 15 months of a more deeply reflective engagement in our shared mission, contemplating the meaning of Ignatius’s conversion for us today, and celebrating our personal and institutional progress as colleagues and collaborators with the Society of Jesus.

Engaging the Year’s theme, “Make All Things New in Christ,” we will invite all our faith traditions to honor our Jesuit history, celebrate our shared Ignatian traditions, and advance our modern University’s standing in education, research, and service to our world.

The Office of Ignatian Spirituality of the USA East Province is sponsoring a series of upcoming events, all of which are described and can be accessed on the Office of Ignatian Spirituality website. Highlights include:
One Ignatian Community, a 30-minute bilingual prayer service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, 19 May. It will be an occasion to reflect on the vision of the Ignatian Year, engage our practice of Ignatian spirituality, and consider new possibilities for ourselves and for our world.
The USA East Province will host An Ignatian Year Celebration: Honoring Senior Jesuits at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 20 May. The virtual celebration will honor senior Jesuits and present the Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Award to Dr. Anthony Fauci and his wife, Dr. Christine Grady.
The Roman Curia of the Society of Jesus will host Pilgrims with Ignatius, a live prayer broadcast at 8 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, May 23. Join and pray with the worldwide community of Jesuits and Ignatian partners.
Fr. General Arturo Sosa has written a book entitled Walking with Ignatius, available at www.Jesuits.org. Along with his observations on the Society of Jesus, the Church, and the world today, Fr. Sosa offers suggestions for reflection and prayer. In his words, the reader is invited "to grow, starting in the exact place you find yourself, guided by the Lord, and advancing step-by-step...and [to] become a pilgrim yourself so that you may walk the path of Christian adventure in our changing world.”
Over the summer and throughout the 2021-22 academic year, the Office of Mission and Ministry and other divisions of the University will alert you to programs, resources, and events. We encourage you to join us to celebrate this important year in the life of the Society of Jesus and the worldwide network of Jesuit and Ignatian apostolates.
AMDG,

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

Mark R. Nemec, PhD
President
Professor of Politics

Michael F. Tunney, S.J.
Rector, Fairfield Jesuit Community
Adjunct, Religious Studies Department
Ignatian Year Province Coordinator

About the Ignatian Year 2021-2022

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.

Immerse Yourself

Community Service Programs

Learn More

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.

Learn More

Interfaith Ecumenical Service

Learn More

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.

Learn More

Liturgy Worship

Learn More

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.

Learn More

Retreats

Learn More

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.

Learn More

Service Immersion Experiences

Learn More

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.

Learn More

Social Justice

Learn More

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

Learn More

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.

Learn More

Staff

Learn More

Staff

Meet the staff in Campus Ministry.

Meet the Staff

Search Results