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.
May 8, 2017 - Fr. Francis P. Valentino, SJ, was called to eternal life on May 6, 2017. Fr. Valentino was born on Feb. 16, 1935, and entered the Society of Jesus on July 30, 1954. He was ordained on June 13, 1968, and pronounced Final Vows on Feb. 19, 1983.
May 8, 2017 - In his May prayer video Pope Francis talks about his intention of Christians in Africa. "Let us join with our brothers and sisters of this great continent, and pray together that Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace."
May 3, 2017 - On April 25, more than 850 guests, including 85 Jesuits, gathered in Boston to celebrate and support the ministries of the USA Northeast Province and honor Mary and John Power with the Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Award in recognition of their selfless work for the Society of Jesus and for others.