More than 85 guests turned out for the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) kick off reception held at New Canaan Country Club. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and ACA chair couple Steve nod Elena Schlegel greeted the men and women who came by to celebrate the Appeal and learn more about the ministries it supports.
Elena Schlegel told the gathering that serving as a the chair couple has been “an eye opening experience” as she tours many programs, schools, and services that are available throughout Fairfield County as a result of the Appeal. She is scheduled to visit Catholic Charities Behavioral Health and Homeless Outreach programs in Danbury today, and to stop at St. John Fisher Seminary and the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of Clergy Residence in Stamford in the coming weeks.
Bishop Caggiano, who thanked all those in attendance, began his remarks by telling the story of a little girl who attended last Sunday’s reception at the Catholic Center to launch the appeal in the Bridgeport area. “She said she wanted to make a gift to the Appeal and would use her $5 allowance,” the Bishop said. He added that one of the most powerful ways to support the appeal is to tell others about the good works that it funds and encourage them to give.
Receptions to launch the ACA in Danbury, Trumbull, Darien, and Greenwich are set to begin next week. For more information on the Annual Catholic Appeal or for an invitation or to an ACA reception, visit www.2017ACAbridgeport.com or call (203) 416-1470.