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A Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality Benefit Dinner
Honoring Reverend Charles H. Allen, S.J.
with the Rev. James M. Bowler Award on April 25, 2020, 6 p.m.

[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




Aging with Grace

A six-week lecture series in November and December presented by Rev. John Murray, SJ exploring the dynamics of aging through prayer, discussion, personal reflection and an openness to sharing personal stories. To register, please contact Elizabeth Hastings at
November 7, 14, 21
December 5, 12, 19
Participation Fee: $60



Making Peace with Stress

A panel discussion for students on caring for the whole self. The event, hosted by the Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality, Counseling and Psychological Services, RecPlex and Dining Services and identifies the difference between healthy and unhealthy emotional and neurological responses and the importance of working with thoughts and caring for the self. Information about various foods and the effects on mood, energy and sleep will be discussed along with the importance of exercise as a means of reducing and relieving stress. The Murphy Center will help define spirituality as an inherent gift and a pathway to more meaningful connections with God, nature, others and one's self.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Oak Room



Women's Advent Retreat

An opportunity for women to come together in prayer and reflect individually and communally on the challenge and gift of waiting with grace.
Donation $35
Wednesday, December 3, 2019, 6 – 9 p.m.
Dolan House
To register, please contact Diane Mastrone at



Married Couple's Retreat

Seeking to grow your relationship with God and your spouse? Escape the noise and come away for a while. This three-day retreat is based on the model of shared stories on the vocation of married life. Along with dialing meetings as a group with table discussions, there will be ample free time for rest and reflection. Come and enjoy this collaborative experience of our Jesuit institutions and their committed faculties and staff.

The Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality of Fairfield University in collaboration with Fairfield University Preparatory School, Boston College, Boston College High School and Cheverus High School, Faculty and Staff host a Married Couples Retreat
Cost: $125 — Includes Lodging and meals (dinner Friday through breakfast Sunday)
March 20 – 22, 2020
Hilton Hotel, Boston/Woburn MA
Please R.S.V.P. for application by December 1, 2019 to



AMDG Retreat

The Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality will offer a weekend version of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. This silent retreat, directed by MCIS staff, is available for faculty, staff and students. The retreat will include opportunities for daily meetings with a spiritual director, and will also involve presentations on key aspects of this uniquely Ignatian retreat.
February 28 – March 1, 2020

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