Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
1st Congregational Church of Norwalk, 3 Lewis Street, Norwalk
In July 2004, The Rev Jeffrey von Arx, S.J. became the eighth Jesuit to be named President of Fairfield University. An historian by discipline Fr. von Arx taught in the history department from 1982-1998 at Georgetown University until serving as Dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill from 1998 until coming to Fairfield University.
Fr. von Arx graduated from Princeton in 1969 and entered into the Society of Jesus that summer. He subsequently earned an M.A. and M. Phil. in history at Yale and completed his Ph.D. there in 1980. A year later Fr. von Arx received an M. Div. from the Weston School of Theology and was ordained a priest.
After 12 years as president of Fairfield University Fr. von Arx received a new assignment as Superior of the LaFarge House Jesuit Community in Cambridge, Mass. LaFarge House, named after civil rights pioneer, writer and editor John LaFarge, S.J., was established at Harvard University in 1964 as a residence and center of Jesuit activity at the University. The Northeast Province was formed in 2014, combining the New England and New York provinces of the Society of Jesus.
NOW THE CHALLENGE: Please read, re-read and maybe make some notes. Fr. von Arx wrote the attached article which was published in AMERICA. He has asked to come and dialogue on it with us. In other words, no prepared script so to speak. Let us meet this challenge by coming prepared to ask questions and fully enjoying this exchange.