Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry Donates $4M to Fairfield University

A $4 million gift in honor of former Fairfield president Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., has been made by longtime University supporter and 2011 honorary degree recipient, the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry, senior judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The gift will fund scholarships to enable deserving young people to pursue an education at Fairfield, and will permanently endow Fairfield’s Center for Ignatian Spirituality.

Judge Barry, a strong advocate of Jesuit education, made this gift to express gratitude to Fr. von Arx for all he accomplished during his twelve years as president.

Fr. von Arx left Fairfield at the end of 2016 to become Superior of the Jesuit community at Lafarge House in Cambridge, Mass.
“I am truly honored and humbled by Judge Barry’s gift,” said Fr. von Arx. “The scholarships make possible the dreams of many worthy young men and women, and the Center will help meet the needs of today’s world, while renewing the formative prayer tradition at the heart of the mission of the Society of Jesus; indeed, the mission of the Center is to provide spiritual direction to the community, and to train spiritual directors—both lay and religious—in the tradition of Ignatian prayer.” ●