Ignatian Spirituality Center

The mission of the Ignatian Spirituality Center at Fairfield University is to keep the Ignatian charism alive, both at the University and the college preparatory school, as well as offering this to the local Christian community of Fairfield County through collaboration, and programs promoting Ignatian spirituality. The Center's goals are:

  • To establish a lasting infrastructure to serve as a repository and holder of the Jesuit values foundational to the culture of Fairfield University
  • To promote vibrant and attractive expressions of Ignatian spirituality at individual, group, and larger community levels, both on campus and in the Diocese of Bridgeport
  • To create a symbol that personifies the commitment of the University to these Ignatian values
  • To offer a space suitable for personal discernment, that is, a space dedicated to the kinds of experimental and formative discussions about Jesuit and Catholic identity that animate Fairfield's institutional life


Programs Offered

A Week of Directed Prayer‌A Week of Guided Prayer

A one-week directed retreat made during the course of everyday life

A Week of Directed Prayer is a one-week retreat made during the course of your everyday life. It leads any layperson into a week of listening with the heart to God and into recognizing one's feelings and emotional responses to God. Details about this program will be available in the fall.


‌Ignatian Encounter

Ignatian EncounterA 10-week directed Ignatian prayer experience for students, faculty, and staff

An encounter involving:

  • An immediate experience of God
  • Being a contemplative in action
  • Finding God in all things
  • The meaning of the Magis
  • An experience of discernment


‌A Retreat in Daily Life

A Retreat in Daily LifeThe complete Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

A programmed series of prayer experiences, following the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, which help the retreatant - the person making the retreat - open herself/himself to God. Retreatants make an approximate five-month commitment to spend an hour a day in prayer and reflection, and to meet weekly with a spiritual director for about an hour.



Related website

Ignatian Spirituality

For further information, contact:

Jim Bowler, S.J.
(203) 254-4000, ext. 3248
jbowler@fairfield.edu