The University’s Center for Ignatian Spirituality will host a dinner on May 18 to celebrate the establishment of the Rev. James M. Bowler, S.J., Award, in honor of his lifetime of service.
Fairfield University has announced Rev. James M. Bowler, S.J., will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the University’s 68th Commencement undergraduate ceremonies on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Fr. Bowler is the former director of Fairfield University’s Center for Ignatian Spirituality and was instrumental in the Center’s founding.
The Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Fairfield will recognize Fr. Bowler on Friday, May 18 for a lifetime of service exemplifying the spirit of Ignatian spirituality and will establish the Rev. James M. Bowler, S.J., Award and a fund in his name. An event to commemorate this honor will be held at the Fairfield College Preparatory School’s Student Life Center, with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception and 7 p.m. dinner. Friends of Fr. Bowler and friends of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality are welcome! Tickets may be purchased at: www.fairfield.edu/bowlerdinner.
Rev. James M. Bowler, S.J., currently serves as pastoral minister at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Charlotte, N.C., focusing on spiritual direction and supervision of spiritual directors, and offering the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Fr. Bowler is the former director of Fairfield University’s Center for Ignatian Spirituality and facilitator for Catholic and Jesuit Mission. Prior to his 11-year tenure at the University, he was a faculty member and then headmaster at Fairfield College Preparatory School. He served for more than 20 years in the area of spiritual direction as director of Campion Renewal Center, executive director of the National Jesuit Retreat and Renewal Ministries, and as a staff member at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre’s Loyola House in Guelph, Ontario, where he was responsible for training and supervising spiritual directors in the Ignatian tradition. Fr. Bowler currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Loyola University New Orleans.
The Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Fairfield University welcomes those seeking to deepen their relationship with God and enrich their daily lives. The Center offers spiritual direction in the Ignatian tradition, to guide individuals and groups in their journeys toward this encounter, as St. Ignatius did, “finding God in all things.” As part of this outreach, the Center also trains spiritual directors who assist individuals in the discernment of God’s direction in their lives. The Center’s goals are to establish a lasting infrastructure to serve as a repository of the Jesuit values foundational to the culture of Fairfield University. The Center also promotes vibrant expressions of Ignatian spirituality at individual and group levels, both on campus and in parish settings in the Diocese of Bridgeport.