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Satisfy your spiritual hunger at Fairfield University’s Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality.

Encountering the Living God

A 10-week program of prayer and reflection, under the personal guidance of one of the Murphy Center’s trained spiritual directors. This program is open to Fairfield students, faculty, staff and members of the larger community. Its method and content are inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius o f Loyola. Participants meet weekly with a spiritual director for ten consecutive weeks.

Students' Ten-Week Ignatian Experience

Follows the model of the Encountering the Living God program. Intended for Fairfield University undergraduates, led by a team of the Murphy Center’s spiritual directors. The course, Finding God in All Things, is offered to Fairfield University undergraduates every semester of the academic year. The course introduces students to Ignatius of Loyola, and to his spiritual legacy, as expressed in his writings and in the history and on-going mission of the Jesuits. A second course, Christian Spirituality, introduces students to the fundamentals of spirituality through a variety of different traditions. A component of both courses is the opportunity to participate in the Ten-Week Ignatian Experience. In both classes, students receive credit for course requirements by participating in this program.

Parish Ignatian Pilgrimage

A multi-month program offered in parishes of the Diocese of Bridgeport, providing participants with an introduction to Ignatian Spirituality in both theory and practice. The program includes lectures, discussions in faith-sharing groups and opportunities for individually directed prayer experiences.


Ignatian Spirituality for Today

A multi-month program offered at Fairfield University. The program follows the structure of the Parish Ignatian Pilgrimage listed above.

Spiritual Direction

Is for anyone, of any faith, who is seeking a deeper connection with God. Participants meet with a spiritual director who can assist them in developing the skills needed to recognize the presence of God in their life. A spiritual director is a companion who aids in listening for the movements of the Sacred. The spiritual director helps a person pay attention to God’s personal communication, respond, grow in intimacy with God, and live out the invitations that emerge from that relationship.

The Full Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola

An individually-directed retreat, usually lasting at least a year, during which time the retreatant meets weekly with a director and follow the model of prayer outlined by St. Ignatius. The retreatant commits to daily prayer, while continuing his or her normal routine. This is known widely as “The Retreat in Daily Life” or “The Nineteenth Annotation Retreat.” Ideally, participants should be in spiritual direction before undertaking the Spiritual Exercises in this form.


Life after the Exercises

Intended for those from the University and Prep community and beyond, who have completed the full Exercises of St. Ignatius and who seek to nourish and refresh the graces received during the Exercises. Includes an annual retreat, regular study sessions on themes of Ignatian Spirituality, and small groups for faith-sharing.

MCIS Women’s Initiative

The MCIS Women's Initiative seeks to assist women in their desire to find God in all things. Programs are designed to nurture personal spiritual growth in both a communal and individual atmosphere with biannual meetings consisting of a brief talk followed by self-reflection and small faith-sharing groups. The group is open to Fairfield students, faculty, staff and members of the larger community.

Fairfield University and Prep Faculty & Staff Retreat

A three-day, weekend retreat in the Ignatian Tradition. Offered for faculty and staff of Fairfield University and Fairfield Prep. Includes three meetings of one on one spiritual direction. Provides an opportunity for personal reflection in a quiet, prayerful atmosphere.


Spiritual Direction Training

Through Fairfield’s Office of Community and Lifetime Education, the Murphy Center sponsors the following program:

A two-year certificate program conducted at Fairfield University, is intended for persons with a ministerial and theological background who wish to be trained as spiritual directors in the Ignatian tradition.

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