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.
Feb. 21, 2018 — In a letter to Congress and President Trump, Fr. Bill Muller, SJ, executive director of the Jesuit Schools Network, called for legislation that would ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines and require a background check for gun sales.
Feb. 6, 2018 — Bishop George Murry, SJ, of Youngstown, Ohio, gave a talk on racism at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Charlotte, N.C., on Jan. 27. “If we are to be true to the principles on which our country was founded and the principles on which our faith is based, we must do much more.”
Feb. 2, 2018 - In his February prayer video, Pope Francis spoke on his intention of opposing corruption. “Let us pray that those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.”
Jan. 31, 2018 - The Fairfield University Art Museum is presenting a major international loan exhibition, The Holy Name—Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age, which will be on view in the museum’s Frank and Clara Meditz Gallery in Bellarmine Hall from February 2 through May 19, 2018.