The CBS network will broadcast a dedicated Fairfield University special during this year’s Christmas lineup, offering a window into the holiday season at New England’s modern, Jesuit Catholic University.
Our hope with this broadcast is that Fairfield will illuminate this holiday season for viewers all over the nation.
— Jennifer Anderson '97, MBA'02, Vice President of Marketing & Communications
“Christmas Eve with Fairfield University,” a one-hour program, produced exclusively at Fairfield University, is scheduled to air nationally on CBS on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, beginning at 11:35 p.m. (ET/PT). The program will feature musical performances from the University Glee Club, Professor of Music Brian Q. Torff and New Duke, the alumni band The Lionfish, and a special tree lighting ceremony, as well as the personal reflections from a variety of Fairfield University students, Jesuits, and others, and is meant to be a window into the life and spirit of the University community in the prelude to the holidays.
“Airing on CBS is an incredible opportunity to show how special Fairfield truly is,” said Jennifer Anderson, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “Our hope with this broadcast is that Fairfield will illuminate this holiday season for viewers all over the nation. From our campus tree lighting and holiday concerts, to our student celebrations and volunteer work, people around the country will see the true spirit of Christmas happening here in Stag country,” she said.
The opportunity to create the program for the national network came after alumnus John P. Blessington ’65, a senior executive producer at the network for over 30 years, contacted the University and presented the idea -- citing Fairfield’s commitment to Ignatian values of service to others and faith in the fellowship of the human family.
Since 1948, CBS’s Religion and Culture department has reported on a wide range of faith-based and human-interest stories, such as religious freedom, food and spirituality, mindfulness, and global stewardship.
For more information on programming, or for holiday events at Fairfield University, please contact the media relations department at firstname.lastname@example.org.