Rev. Michael J. Ahern, S.J.
The blessing of the school took place on Wednesday, September 9, 1942, the opening day of Fairfield College Preparatory School. His Excellency Bishop Maurice F. McAuliffe of Hartford (not in this photo) presides over the Solemn High Benediction in the McAuliffe Hall student's chapel.
McAuliffe Hall, formerly called the Mailands, was the forty-room French Renaissance style home of Oliver Gould Jennings, a businessman, philanthropist and politician. As World War II began in early December 1941, the Jesuits purchased the 76-acre Jennings estate for $42,089 to found Fairfield College Preparatory School. Renamed McAuliffe Hall in honor of His Excellency Bishop Maurice F. McAuliffe of Hartford, the building was adapted to become the first classroom building for the college. The building included classrooms, laboratories, a cafeteria, a library and a chapel. Image date is approximate.
Photographic print; black-and-white; 8 x 10 in.
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Rev. Michael J. Ahern, S.J.. "McAuliffe Hall Chapel, Solemn High Benediction (Blessing of McAuliffe Hall)." 1942. Image Archive. Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections. https://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/image-archive/70.