Fairfield University and Prep Celebrate 75 years of Jesuit Education
March 16, 2017 - On March 17, 1942, Fr. John McEleney, SJ, and six of his brother Jesuits founded a college and high school in Fairfield, Conn., which would become Fairfield University and Fairfield College Preparatory School. Fr. McEleney became the first president of the new college and vicar of the prep school, originally named The Fairfield College of St. Robert Bellarmine, after the schools’ patron Jesuit saint.
Fairfield University’s first commencement in June 1951 held in the college’s band shell. Commencement now takes place on Bellarmine Hall lawn.
In the 75 years since their founding, Fairfield University and Fairfield Prep have provided generations of students with a Jesuit education that calls them to pursue the Magis as men and women for others.
Photos of Fairfield Prep throughout its first 75 years.
Fairfield University has assembled a timeline of significant events from its history, which can be viewed here. They have also posted a list of some of the ways that they will celebrate their 75th anniversary, which can be viewed here.
Click here to read about how Fairfield Prep celebrated the anniversary.
Oct. 7, 2019 - Join the USA Northeast Province on Sun., March 15, 2020, at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club in Naples, Florida, for Mass and brunch to follow. With special guest, Very Rev. John J. Cecero, SJ, Provincial of the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus. More details to come.
Oct. 3, 2019 - This month Pope Francis is asking us to join him in praying for Missionary spring in the Church. "We must also remember that the soul of the Church’s mission is prayer.
In this extraordinary missionary month, let us pray that the Holy Spirit may engender a new missionary spring for all those baptized and sent by Christ’s Church."
Oct. 1, 2019 - Earlier this year, the Jesuits announced four new Universal Apostolic Preferences. One of these preferences was "To collaborate in the care of our Common Home," a call to protect the environment. To help answer this call, we will be sharing a series of monthly ecology reflections.