Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola to Celebrate 25th Year, Dec. 6
Fairfield University is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius of Loyola and honoring the Egan family at the Alumni and Advent Mass and Reception on Sunday, December 6, 2015, at 11 a.m. Immediately following mass there will be a reception and an opportunity to have a picture taken with Santa at Alumni House.
Fairfield University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. will be the celebrant of the mass along with concelebrant University Chaplain and Special Assistant to the President, Rev. Charles H. Allen, S.J.
The dedication of the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola took place 25 years ago on December 7, 1990, when the Bishop of Bridgeport, Edward Michael Egan, concelebrated mass with 40 Jesuits, anointing the walls with consecrated oil, blessing the congregation with holy water, and incensing the alter in continuity of the 1600-year-old ceremony.
The chapel is dedicated as the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius of Loyola in honor of Saint Ignatius, founder of the Society of Jesus and John J. and Marion P. Egan, parents of Trustee Bill Egan ’67, P'99. The Campus Ministry Center, a floor below the chapel, was named for the Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. who was Superior General of the Society of Jesus from 1965 to 1983.
Bill and Jackie Egan contributed to the building of the Egan Chapel, named in honor of Bill’s parents, John and Marion Egan. “Egan Chapel is the spiritual heart of the campus,” said University President Jeffrey P. von Arx., S.J. “We are pleased to honor Bill for his distinguished career. He has been there whenever his alma mater has called on him.”
The Egans have generously supported Fairfield over the years. In 2000, they gave the University a $6 million endowment gift, the proceeds of which fund three continuing scholarships named in honor of Fairfield faculty in the fields of English, economics, and modern languages. More than 100 Fairfield students majoring in these areas have received substantial assistance with their education costs. This year, the Egans made a gift of $10 million to the Fairfield Rising campaign, which will be allocated toward a significantly renovated Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies.
In addition, Egan served as a Fairfield University trustee for over 20 years. He is past president and chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, a member of the Board of Overseers of The Wharton School, a trustee of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Duniry Foundation, and the University of Pennsylvania, and also serves on numerous other boards.
The Chapel was the successor to previous chapels, beginning with a small room in McAuliffe Hall used as a chapel for the commuter population that made up the student body in Fairfield's earliest days. For 35 years, right up to the week in which the new chapel was dedicated, the chapel was located on the ground floor of Loyola Hall.
Currently, the Egan Chapel and Campus Ministry centers serve as a home to many. Campus Ministry coordinates activities and programs for the entire University community, including religious services, retreats, service outreach, and domestic and international immersion experiences.
Fairfield University is grateful for the continued generosity of the Egan Family. The fruits of their generosity are clearly present and have been an integral part of the student life here on campus.
All alumni and staff families are invited to join us in celebrating the Christmas season at the annual Alumni Advent Mass & Reception with Santa and the 25th Anniversary of the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola: Register here.