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Murphy Center Programming Updates

“Faith is not a light that scatters all our darkness, but a lamp that guides our steps in the night.”
- Pope Francis

The Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality is offering to provide support and spiritual connection for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and those in our surrounding communities:

One on One Spiritual Direction

The Center is accompanying over 200 individuals in one on one virtual spiritual direction including over 30 students via Zoom, Skype and FaceTime.

Weekly Ignatian Virtual Retreat

Every Tuesday on Zoom 1 – 2 p.m. until May 12. This virtual retreat is open to anyone who is seeking connection at this time of uncertainty and no prior experience of prayer or Ignatian spirituality is necessary. Over 100 people participate weekly for a one-hour presentation on Ignatian Spirituality and a companion prayer experience.

STAGS CARE Pastoral Care

Fr. John Murray, S.J., and Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Nursing Program Director Linda Roney, EdD, RN-BC, CPEN, CNE, are providing weekly pastoral care and support for all graduate and undergraduate nursing students through STAGS CARE. For more information contact, Fr. John Murray, S.J., at

Spiritual Director Training for Those on the Frontlines

In response to outreach from Bridgeport Hospital, MCIS is developing a training program for spiritual directors to accompany and support those on the front lines. This training is designed to address the emotional and spiritual effects of trauma and mitigate immediate and long-term consequences. The preparation is also in anticipation of post traumatic spiritual and emotional crisis our students may be experiencing at home and when they return to campus. For more information, please contact Marcy Haley at

STAG Athlete Support

MCIS is coordinating with Athletics to provide spiritual support to all athletes. Student-athletes have participated in retreats this year focusing on building an understanding of how God is at work in these uncertain times and the Center is reaching out to those who might be struggling with disappointment and loss. If you would like a check in from MCIS, please contact Marcy Haley at

Exploring the Gifts of the Spirit Retreat

The Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality of Fairfield University cordially invites you to register for a five-day online retreat. This retreat will be an opportunity for individuals who are seeking to prepare for the great Feast of Pentecost on May 31, 2020. This opportunity enables each participant to encounter the Living God in one’s day-to-day life through exploring the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Participants will meet once a day for five consecutive days [between 30-45 minutes] with a certified spiritual director by means of the internet or by phone. This program is free to all. Any free-will offerings will be gratefully accepted. Please register no later than May 15, 2020. To register please email:

News & Announcements


A Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality Benefit Dinner
Honoring Reverend Charles H. Allen, S.J.
with the Rev. James M. Bowler Award

Per University recommendation, all scheduled alumni events through April 30 have been canceled or postponed. The Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality Benefit Dinner Honoring Reverend Charles H. Allen, S.J. will be rescheduled for a later date; please check back for a new date for this special gathering soon.

[The Rev. James M. Bowler Award was awarded to Fr. Bowler in May 2018 for a lifetime of service exemplifying the spirituality of St. Ignatius and Founder, Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality.]

Fr. Charlie Allen is a living example of a contemplative in action. His wit and wisdom have, in the Ignatian tradition, provided students, alumni and the larger community with insights reflecting God’s work in their daily lives. With humility and humor, Fr. Allen walks faithfully with Christ and forms relationships with individuals and communities who seek to find grace in their connections with God and each other. The Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality is delighted to honor Fr. Charlie Allen, SJ for his more than 40 years serving the spiritual heritage of Fairfield University with magnanimity in relationships with our alumni, neighbors in the Diocese of Bridgeport, and various organizations in the town of Fairfield and the Greater Bridgeport area.

Dinner Committee Chairs Jennifer and Peter Harding
Past Honorees Rev. James M. Bowler, SJ
The Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano

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