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My Dear Friends in Christ,

“RENEW” is the theme of this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal. I can think of no better word to describe the mission of the diocese and the meaning of our faith, which renews us in Christ by uniting us in love, service and worship.

Through your generosity, participation and faith over the past five years, the groundwork has been put in place both administratively and pastorally for renewal that will make us a more welcoming and compassionate Church.

With the success of the “We Stand With Christ” capital campaign and the strategic, long-term opportunities it provides for our charitable, educational and faith formation needs in the future, we can move forward in confidence and with the resources necessary for the renewal of our parishes and the diocese.

At the same time, our Annual Catholic Appeal continues to meet the daily and ongoing needs of the diocese and the many programs and services it provides every day in our parishes, schools and ministries throughout Fairfield County.

In this sense, the 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal is an invitation to renew the family of faith by engaging our youth, reaching out to the elderly, caring for the poor and vulnerable, and forming the next generation in the faith—work that can only be accomplished prayerfully and together.

I am grateful for all the ways you contribute not only in the ministry of giving, but through your time and dedication to your parish community.

I believe we have never had a greater opportunity to “Renew” our faith than we have now. Together we walk in the footsteps of Christ.


Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano
Bishop of Bridgeport

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. – James 1:17