Ignatian Heritage Week 2013
Fairfield University is proud to announce its second "Ignatian Heritage Week" in collaboration with Jesuit Mission Initiatives, Campus Ministry, and the Center for Faith and Public Life. Highlights during the week of March 17 include collaborative projects like the "Our Ignatian Spirit" poster project, a lecture from the leading Jesuit scholar, Philip Endean, S.J., a lecture on "de-conversion" from two Fordham scholars, as well as an interfaith prayer service that will celebrate the history of Ignatian inter-religious dialogue.
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SUNDAY, MARCH 17
Special Mass of the Feast of St. Ignatius
9 p.m. Student Liturgy at the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola
Rev. Paul Holland, S.J., will be the celebrant and homilist, and Lord's Chords will provide the music. Don't miss this opportunity to kick off the week of Ignatian celebration by partaking in the spiritual event that Ignatius's life revolved around: the Eucharistic liturgy. Refreshments will be served after Mass in the McGrath Room.
MONDAY, MARCH 18
Interfaith Prayer Service
5:30 p.m. at the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola
Inter-religious dialogue is an important part of our Ignatian Heritage. The Rev. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., will co-preside and preach with leaders from Muslim, Jewish, and Protestant religious traditions. The Fairfield University Glee Club will provide the music.
An Ignatian Banquet
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Lunch for Faculty and Staff in the BCC Oak Room
4:30 p.m.-8 p.m.: Dinner for Students in the BCC Dining Room
Leaders from Muslim, Jewish, and Protestant faiths, as well as Father von Arx, S.J., will join the banquet for dinner at 6:15 p.m.
TUESDAY, MARCH 19
"Our Ignatian Spirit" Poster Project and Social
3 p.m.-5 p.m. in the BCC Lower Level
Hosted by Dr. Joseph DeFeo
A first-of-its-kind-event for the Fairfield community, this session will highlight the many ways we foster our Jesuit and Catholic charism on campus. Poster projects and presentations created by faculty, staff, departments, and student leaders will be on display in the BCC lower level for all to see the many ways our Ignatian spirit is active on campus. Good company and conversation, snacks, and beverages will be available as we celebrate our Ignatian spirit!
View the brief video from the poster social held on March 19, 2013.
Vocation Conversation and Dinner
5:15 p.m. at the Jesuit Community Center (JCC)
The Jesuits invite you to the JCC for Mass, a social, dinner, and reflection on discerning your life choices. We will discuss some tools which St. Ignatius suggests for making good decisions about the journey beyond Fairfield. Our guest will be Fr. Chuck Frederico, S.J., Director of Vocations for the three Jesuit provinces of the East Coast; but the evening will also consider the vocation to marriage and to other expressions of leadership in the Christian community.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20
Service Showcase: "Quest for the Magis in Our Experiences Beyond Fairfield"
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the BCC Lower Level
Hosted by Dr. Robbin Crabtree
Participants will publicly explore how students, faculty, and staff live out the Ignatian Magis through community service, international and domestic service trips, and service learning. See and hear how members of the University community make Magis (the more), striving for excellence, an integral part of their personal and academic lives. Planning Committee: Wylie Blake, Jocelyn Collen, Danielle Corea, Panel
Discussion of Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education
4-5:30 p.m. in the McGrath Room, Arrupe Campus Ministry Center
Convener: Mark Scalese, S.J.
A wine and cheese panel discussion of "Eloquentia Perfecta" in the current issue of Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education. Three faculty members from Fairfield University will discuss the tradition of teaching "perfect eloquence" in Jesuit education and their particular "take" on it. Panel includes Cinthia Gannett, Associate Professor of English; Laura Nash, Associate Professor of Music; and David Schmidt, Associate Professor of Business Ethics.
'Deconversion' Lecture: When Catholics Change Their Minds about the Faith: Disaffiliation and 'Deconversion' in the Church Today
8 p.m. in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room
Recent studies by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life have found that one third of U.S. adults under the age of 30 claim no religious affiliation and that nearly one quarter of adults raised Catholic no longer identify themselves as such. Disaffiliation is now a regular feature of the U.S. Catholic landscape. At the same time, many Catholics decide to stay on in the Church, living with substantial disagreements, "deconverting" in place. Dr. Tom Beaudoin and Dr. Patrick Hornbeck of Fordham University will explore the contours of what they call "deconversion," or the changes in heart and mind that many American Catholics are experiencing with regard to their relationship with Catholicism. They will discuss the history of deconversion research and address the implications of this work for the Catholic Church, Catholic theology, and society at large.
THURSDAY, MARCH 21
9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Library Room 107C
During their time on campus, Diane Doberneck, Ph.D., adjunct assistant professor, Liberty Hyde Bailey Scholars Program at Michigan State University, and Timothy K. Eatman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education at Syracuse University, will present a reflective, interactive workshop with faculty on how to pursue community-engaged scholarship and teaching and how to articulate it in their dossiers for annual reviews, tenure, and promotion.
Annual Ignatian Lecture
Jesuit Education: Some Awkward Questions
8 p.m. at the Dolan School of Business Dining Room
Philip Endean, S.J., Professor of Theology at Oxford and the current holder of the Gasson Chair at Boston College, will present the lecture: "Jesuit Education: Some Awkward Questions. "As Jesuit universities entered the mainstream of U.S. educational culture in the latter part of the twentieth century, they drew on a vision of Ignatian Spirituality as 'finding God in all things' and as fostering a rich Christian humanism. This lecture will raise a few questions about this way of thinking. Does such an account of Jesuit and Ignatian identity make historical sense? How do we relate the ideas of Jesuit education and good education? Can this way of thinking inspire a distinctive style of university life into the future? Visit www.philipendean.com for more information.
FRIDAY, MARCH 22
Faculty Lunch Conversation with Philip Endean, S.J.
Noon at the Canisius 100 Conference Room
Philip Endean will present to faculty on the synthesis between Ignatian studies and scholarship within the humanities, how the former is drawing on the latter. Open to present and past members of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Seminar
Late Night Dodgeball Tournament
9 p.m. at Alumni Hall
Do you know what event sparked Ignatius's conversion? He was wounded at the battle of Pamplona which caused him to spend a considerable amount of time in recovery, time during which his conversion took place. We can't guarantee your conversion, but we can guarantee a battle. Join us as we see which residence hall has what it takes to dominate dodgeball at Fairfield! Pizza will be served!