The Jesuit Identity of Fairfield University
The Jesuit Identity
of Fairfield University

Our Ignatian Tradition at Fairfield University
. . . in Fairfield, CT

Spiritual Exercises window in the Egan Chapel

Those who know of the Jesuits may find it surprising that the word Jesuit could have a pejorative meaning. Incredible as it seems, however, Jesuits have had their critics (many of whom have gone to their eternal reward). In his Jesuits: a Multibiography Jean Lacouture says: "The aversion that the Company of Jesus arouses in so many people is hard to explain on rational grounds, for it feeds on fantasies anchored most tenuously in reality." In fact the word Jesuit predated Ignatius and was used by non-Catholics to deride what they saw as a fanatical Catholic adversary. Ignatius did not want his followers to be named after him - unlike Dominic and Francis who loaned their names to the Dominicans and Franciscans. Instead he preferred "Companions", derived from "with - bread". After breaking bread together Companions work together for a common goal, are inspired by the same Person and enthused about the same work. They are animated by the same principles found in Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises , - the foundation of Jesuit life as well as of Jesuit apostolic works. Visit the Jesuit Resource Page for even more links to things Jesuit.

Pozzo's Ceiling in St. Ignatius Church depicting Jesuit apostolic works

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Items of Jesuit interest

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The Fairfield Jesuit Community

Adventures of thirty Jesuit scientists

Some Jesuit scientists are seen in this slide show.

Christopher Clavius (German 1538-1612) was the Euclid of the l6th Century.
Roger Boscovich (Croatian 1711-1787), Yugoslavia's greatest genius, developed the first coherent description of atomic theory in his work Theoria Philosophiae Naturalis.
Maximilian Hell (Hungarian 1720-1792) was director of the astronomy observatory in Vienna. He is dressed as a Laplander where he was first to record a transit of Venus.
Athanasius Kircher (German 1602-1680) earned a place among the fathers of modern science and the titles of "universal genius" and "master of a hundred arts." His Museum Kircherianum was considered one of the best science museums in the world.
Ferdinand Verbiest (Belgian 1623-1688) was an astronomer and missionary to China and was a director of the Imperial Observatory in Beijing.

The titles of the ten citings of Jesuit Scientists which can be viewed

35 Lunar Craters Are Named to honor Jesuit Scientists
Post-Pombal Portugal opinion of Pre-Pombal Jesuit Scientists
Roger Boscovich's atomic theory two centuries ago
Christopher Clavius's Gregorian calendar
The Mezmerizing adventures of Maximilian Hell
Athanasius Kircher, Master of a Thousand Arts
Franscesco Lana-Terzi, Father of Aeronautics
Francis Line, the Hunted Dial-maker
Ferdinand Verbiest, Director of the Imperial Observatory
Jerome Nadal and Perspective Art

Four Philatelic Displays of the Jesuit Mission

Over 500 stamps from 40 countries commemorate Jesuits. Some Jesuit scientists are seen in this slide show.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1892-1955) was a French theologian/paleontologist.
Pietro Secchi (1818-1878), the Father of Astrophysics, was an Italian astronomer who perfected the meteorgraph and the spectrograph.
Matteo Ricci (1552-1610) was an Italian astronomer/missionary to China.
Jacques Marquette (1637-1675) was a French explorer who first charted the Mississippi River. He knew six native dialects.
Eusebio Kino (1644-1711) was an Austrian explorer who fought for the rights of the native Americans and also taught them how to raise cattle.
Francesco Lana-Terzi (1631-1687) is called the "Father of Aviation"
Ferdinand Verbiest (1623-1688) was a Belgian astronomer/missionary in China.
Joseph Castiglione (1688-1766) was an Italian artist whose equestrian paintings were used for Chinese commemorative stamps.
John Carroll (1736-1816) was an American educator and founder of Georgetown University.
Roger Boscovich (1711-1787) was a Croatian mathematician and is credited with presenting the first ever coherent atomic theory.

The titles of the four chapters of Jesuits in stamps to be viewed

Jesuit Mathematicians and Jesuit Scientists

Jesuit Artists and Jesuit Scholars

Jesuit Founders and Jesuit Schools

Jesuit Missionaries and Jesuit Saints

Fairfield University Buildings

The changing Fairfield campus is seen in this slide show.

1948 with only the two gothic buildings Xavier and Berchmans
1958 with the coming of Canisius, Gonzaga and Loyola
1970 as the quad and gym take shape
1976 with Bannow, Kostka, Claver and CUF
1980 shows the nursing building, rec center and Donnarumma
1983 townhouses in a shot taken from the south
1991 the southern end of the campus around the barn
1991 Bellarmine seen from the south
1991 the Egan/Loyal chapel
1991 the townhouses
1991 the beach
1970 the old Bellarmine Hall post card picture

The titles of the six chapters of Fairfield buildings to be viewed

Why are Fairfield's Buildings Named after Dead Jesuits?
Fairfield University's Buildings
Fairfield University's Ur-history
Fairfield University's Early Buildings
Fairfield University's growth 1945-1965
Fairfield University's growth 1965-1995


Sketches of Chivalry From the early Society

Some of the Jesuit Portraits in the first chapter are seen in this slide show.
Saint Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) was an Italian scholar and doctor of the Church
Saint John Berchmans (1599-1621) was a Belgian scholastic.
Roger Boscovich (1711-1787) was a Croatian scientist/philosopher.
Louis Bourdaloue (1632-1704) was a French preacher.
Saint Jean Brebeuf (1593-1649) was a French missionary to the Hurons.

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