Retreats

The newness and busyness of life at Fairfield can be overwhelming. In the spirit and tradition of Ignatian Spirituality, Campus Ministry offers several retreat experiences to meet a wide range of spiritual needs. If you are looking to refresh your faith life and grow in your relationship with others, yourself and God, we have something for you!

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First Year
Student Retreats
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Kairos
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19th Annotation
Retreat
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Multi-Faith Retreat
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Lenten Busy
Student Retreat
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Silent Retreat
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Spiritual Direction
Formation Program
 

 

First Year Retreats

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Friday, Oct. 17 - Saturday, Oct. 18

Join other first-year students for a fun getaway and conversations about faith, friendships, and the journey ahead at Fairfield University. Don't miss out on this fun opportunity to get off campus build friendships, reflect on your time at Fairfield and find out how exploring your faith-life can enhance your experience at Fairfield. (Campfire, canoeing, games and reflection time included!)

  • Who: Open to all first-year students
  • Cost: $40 (Financial Aid available!)
  • Where: Camp Jewell, Colebrook, CT (transportation provided)

Escape Retreat Registration and Online Payment

For more information, contact: Gregory Vigliotta or call (203) 254-4000 ext. 2415.

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Kairos

Kairos Retreat

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Kairos, adapted to mean "God's time", is an intensive, three day, weekend experience that invites close examination of our relationships with God, ourselves, and others in a communal and reflective setting. This Catholic & Ignatian Retreat welcomes students of all faiths as well as those with no particular faith background.

Kairos Registration

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Kairos Community

If you have participated in a Kairos Retreat before, we welcome you to the Fairfield University Kairos Community. You are encouraged to apply to be a Kairos leader and participate in Community activities, such as Fourth Day, which occur, regularly throughout each semester.

Download Leadership Application.

4th Day Community

Sign up to receive the 4th Day Community Newsletter for events and community updates. All who have been on a Kairos Retreat are welcome to register.

The 4th Day Community Gatherings are held monthly. All Kairos Retreat Alumni are welcome. (students who have made Kairos either in high school or here at Fairfield University) who gather to further reflect on the themes of the retreat.

Please contact Gregory Vigliotta with questions at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2415.


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Retreat in Daily Life

The 19th Annotated Retreat or the "Retreat in Daily Life" is open to faculty, administration, and staff. This retreat provides a year-long, individually directed experience with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.

Contact: Fr. James Bowler, S.J., ext. 3248

 


Pilgrimage, Shrine of our Lady of the Island

A Day Retreat to the Shrine of our Lady of the Island. Join other Fairfield students on a day of prayer and reflection at a shrine dedicated to Mary in Mannorville, NY. This day retreat includes an Outdoor Rosary Walk, Mass in Pilgrim Hall, Lunch, a guided walk of the grounds and Adoration.

When: TBD
Cost: Suggested $10 Donation to the Shrine.
Location: Shrine of our Lady of the Island

Please contact Gregory Vigliotta with questions at (203) 254-4000 ext.2415




Lenten Busy Student Retreat

This Lent, spend time with God in your regularly hectic schedule. Bring your life and concerns to the scriptures. There are no requirements or prerequisites; anyone can make this retreat. Many people find it a great way to incorporate some form of intentional prayer and spiritual growth into their everyday lives.

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  1. Daily Prayer
    Utilizing the Prayer Guide provided by Campus Ministry, participants commit to 20 minutes of prayer everyday for the duration of the retreat. Lenten Prayer Guide
  2. Spiritual Companions
    Students will be assigned with a Campus Minister with whom they will meet three times over the course of the retreat. These are individual meetings with any of several campus ministers to discuss any issues relating to one's life, faith and prayer experience.
  3. Community Gatherings
    The retreat offers opportunities for everyone participating in the retreat to gather for guided meditations and reflection. Participants receive a calendar of the gathering times with other events after signing up.

Retreat Dates:
February 18 - April 2, 2015

Please contact Gregory Vigliotta with questions at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2415


Ignatian Silent Retreat

Enjoy the bonds of silence, common meals, group prayer, and celebration of the Sacraments

  • What do you desire?
  • What is God inviting you to?
  • What are the movements of your heart?
  • Do you desire freedom and inner peace?
  • How do you integrate your faith with decisions you make in your life?

An adapted version of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, this retreat will be an opportunity to explore more deeply one's faith, the power of God's love for you, and your relationship with Jesus and others. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with a spiritual director one-on-one as well as hear thematic talks by the chaplain and retreat directors to help assist you in your faith journey.

Date: January 16 - 18, 2015

Where: Montfort Hosue, Litchfield, CT

Register Here

Cost: $65 Click here to pay online.

For more information or questions about financial assistance, contact: Gregory Vigliotta or call (203) 254-4000 ext. 2415.


Spiritual Direction Formation Program

Fairfield University is pleased to announce that our Spiritual Direction Formation Program will be offered in North Carolina, beginning in August 2013. This program will be held at St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, NC (just north of Greensboro). The Rev. James Bowler, S.J., a longtime member of the Fairfield faculty and administration, will lead the North Carolina program.

Program highlights:

  • Focus is on the experience and practice of spiritual direction and the candidate's ongoing relationship with God.
  • Program occurs in 4 cycles over a 4 year period, integrating theology, spirituality and supervised practice in giving spiritual direction. Students may enter at any cycle.
  • Requires only 1 week residency per year; remainder of year is spent in distance learning and consultation quarterly with your faculty advisor (course materials provided; books purchased separately)
  • Residency: St. Francis Springs Prayer Center, Stoneville, NC
  • Upon completion of all four cycles, graduates receive a certificate in Spiritual Direction or, for those who have discerned this is not their calling, a certificate in Spirituality. Certificates are awarded by Fairfield University

For more information, contact Maria Decsy, Ph.D, Program Director at mmdecsy@aol.com

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