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In 1817 the Sisters of Charity were sent by Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton to her native city of New York to care for orphans. The Sisters soon reached out to meet other needs in education, health care and social services, offering “every service in their power.” Read More ››
“Dust you are…” “Remember that you are dust and unto dust you shall return” are the words the priest intones as he imprints the cross in ashes on the foreheads of the faithful on Ash Wednesday. In an age of incessant self-promotion and unbridled self-expression, these Read More ››
“For me it was really the kids,” says Jessica Carroll, explaining why she and her husband Brian agreed to become lay chairs at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull for the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal. “They are at the age, nine and ten years old, Read More ››
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has announced plans for a new Deanery structure to assist the bishop and priests in regional planning and decision making, and improve collaboration between parishes.
The bishop signed the decree establishing the new deanery structure for the Diocese of Bridgeport on February 2, Read More ››
The Archdiocese of Hartford is recording a “first” this year by inviting people to “fast” from using cell phones on Ash Wednesday, March 1st, and Good Friday, April 14th. The initiative in an initiative called: “I Phone Fast!” and it has the blessing of Archbishop Leonard Blair.
‘Silencing Read More ››
Access to clean drinking water is a basic human right and a key component in protecting human life, Pope Francis said. “The right to water is essential for the survival of persons and decisive for the future of humanity,” the pope said Feb. 24 during a meeting Read More ››
Related to the Amber Alert for six-year old Aylin Sofia Hernandez, the Diocese of Bridgeport can confirm that she is a First Grade student at St. Raphael Academy in Bridgeport.
School officials have been in contact with the Bridgeport police regarding this matter and are fully cooperating Read More ››
The vision of Pope Francis for the 21st Century Catholic Church is one of “openness, encounter, and engagement with the world,” Archbishop and Apostolic Nuncio Christophe Pierre said last night at Sacred Heart University, in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit.
More than 300 students and faculty Read More ››
Sarah Maynard of Fairfield, is already incorporating the principles of affecting change into her life at the tender age of 12 as evidenced by the project she came up with to help children who come to St. Vincent’s Emergency Room.
Remembering a time when she had to Read More ››
Rev. Thomas J. Regan, S.J., will present his lecture, “Fairfield University 1942-2017: Seventy-Five Years and Counting!” at the annual Fairfield University Bellarmine Lecture in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room on Wednesday, February 22 at 7:30 pm.
The event, which is free and open to the Read More ››
In the past two months, Immaculate High School (IHS) students have won prestigious awards in both art and technology competitions. IHS strives to allow students to attain both academic and extracurricular personal success, and these awards reflect that commitment.
IHS CyberPatriots Defend State Championship Title
The Immaculate High Read More ››
The St. Philip Youth Group is sponsoring its fourteenth annual 30 Hour Famine the weekend of February 25 and 26 for middle and high school students in Norwalk and the neighboring towns.
“The teens will fast for the 30 hours while performing service in the community and Read More ››
Archbishop and Apostolic Nuncio Christophe Pierre will receive an honorary degree during Sacred Heart University’s Special Academic Convocation Wednesday, February 22, at 2 pm, in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. A reception will follow the convocation.
This occasion will be Pierre’s first college campus visit and Read More ››
The Diocese of Bridgeport, in the continued practice of full transparency, has released its Consolidated Financial Statements as well as The Faith in the Future Fund, Inc. financial statements for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016.
“One of Bishop Caggiano’s continued priorities is to provide a Read More ››
Malta House, a residence for homeless pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children in Norwalk, will hold its Annual Gala on Saturday, April 29, at Woodway Country Club in Darien.
The gala includes 6:30pm Cocktails, Dinner, Live Auction, and popular “Bubbles & Bling” raffle, Read More ››
The Immaculate High School boys indoor track and field team won the Class S state championship Tuesday night at the Floyd Little Athletic Center, and the Immaculate girls finished second to perennial powerhouse Bloomfield.
For the Mustang boys, Christian Morris won the 600 meters with a time Read More ››
On February 13, Father John Connaughton, director of vocations for the Diocese of Bridgeport, conducted a Confirmation session for over 220 Confirmation candidates in the eighth and ninth grades at St. Thomas More Parish. Father Connaughton spoke with the confirmandis on the history & origin of Read More ››
The Diocese of Bridgeport is moving into an era where “Synod initiatives are coming to fruition,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano in his State of the Diocese address for the year 2016.
This year’s address was recorded at the Sacred Heart University video production studios in the Read More ››
As we enter 2017, parishes are moving to implement the goals and action steps articulated in the pastoral plans created over the last year.
These plans, created as a result of internal discussions by parish planning teams, pastors and staff, and ultimately approved by Bishop Frank J. Read More ››
On Saturday, February 11, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will lead the participants of Catholic Underground in a Eucharistic Holy Hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, including praise and worship, prayerful silence, and the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The Holy Hour is the first Read More ››
Best Wishes to Emily Symeon as she celebrates her 101st Birthday with her friends at Holy Name Church Senior Circle in Stamford.
Emily is a life long resident of Stamford as well as an active life -ong parishioner of Holy Name of Jesus Church. “She enjoys life, Read More ››
Bishop Caggiano’s reflection on the storm
As I sit here at my desk watching the snow storm intensify, I cannot help but be filled with so many different memories of past snow storms, particularly those that occurred when I was a little boy.
Growing up in Brooklyn, it Read More ››
DANBURY—More than 80 parishioners from the greater Danbury area attended the recent Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) reception at Ethan Allen Hotel in Danbury. Msgr. Robert Weiss, pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Newtown, hosted this Appeal event for the second year in a row.
The reception Read More ››
Innovation, investment, and transformation of Catholic education in the Diocese of Bridgeport were the focus of the formal launch of Foundations in Education this morning at Sacred Heart University.
More than 75 invited guests and diocesan education leaders turned out for the event in the Forum of Read More ››
This week is our national celebration of Catholic Schools Week. It is a special time during which we reflect and celebrate the great gift and enduring mission that Catholic education offers to the children and families entrusted to our care.
In addition to providing a superior education, Read More ››
The St. Ladislaus Youth Group raised funds raised funds to help “Together We Rise” and is donating 36 “Sweet Cases” for foster children in Norwalk area.
“In November, we learned that children in the foster care system don’t always have something to carry their personal belongings in Read More ››
Vice President Mike Pence told pro-life advocates from across the U.S. January 27 that “life is winning in America, and today is a celebration of that progress.”
Pence addressed the March for Life on the National Mall in Washington, making him the highest government official to address Read More ››
The Bridgeport Diocese’s 16-month study of under-enrolled and financially struggling Catholic elementary schools is expected to bring changes in as little as two weeks.
In Danbury and neighboring Brookfield, the solution is probably not to shut schools, but to change the way they are managed and to Read More ››
The annual March for Life will take place on Friday, January 27, in Washington D.C. This year’s theme is “The Power of One.” The largest pro-life rally in the world, the March is held on or around the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion in Read More ››
It’s natural for children to think about what they’re going to do when they grow up, but they might not think about becoming a Catholic priest or a nun.
The Knights of Columbus is working to change that. For several years the Connecticut State Council of the Read More ››
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 Read More ››
The Diocese of Bridgeport is nearing completion of a 16-month planning process for the future of its elementary schools in Stamford and the greater Danbury and Shelton area.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and other diocesan leaders have begun to personally meet with parents to listen to feedback Read More ››
“Prophets of a Future Not Our Own will be the theme of a Ministry Formation Day set for Saturday January 28th, 8:30-2:30, Queen of Saint Hall at the Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT.
The day is sponsored by the new Diocesan Leadership Institute, and is Read More ››
With temperatures near zero on the evening of Jan. 4, a baby boy spent one of his first hours in a laundry basket left in a cathedral vestibule, where an astonished custodian discovered him as he locked up the church. Uncertain about the baby’s health, the Read More ››
A gathering of almost 300 people filled the Queen of Saints Hall at the Catholic Center on Sunday for the kickoff reception for 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal.
The afternoon event for people in the Bridgeport area was prayerful, loaded with questions, and enthusiastic about the Appeal, which Read More ››
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, issued the following statement in relation to the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
A Statement from Cardinal Daniel DiNardo President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
Since the time of the Read More ››
Immaculate High School (IHS) recently hosted a special Accepted Students Night for the more than 250 accepted students who are eligible to make up the class of 2021.
The final number of students in this class will bringImmaculate High School’s overall enrollment to about 500 students, which Read More ››
Pope Francis asked young people to tell him, their bishops and pastors about their hopes and struggles and even their criticisms. In preparation for a meeting of the Synod of Bishops focused on youth, the pope wrote a letter to young people, saying the church wants “to Read More ››
In this “First Things” blog entry, nationally syndicated columnist and Catholic theologian George Weigel reviews “Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus,” the new book by Msgr. Stephen DiGiovanni, pastor of the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in Stamford.
Mr. Weigel, who Read More ››
Here’s the first look at “Sharing God’s Gift, Transforming Lives,” the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) video. This year’s video includes an introduction and closing remarks from Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, and interviews with many faithful and fascinating people throughout the diocese.
The personal testimonies of faith Read More ››
Walking with Purpose is not your grandmother’s Bible study group. Founded in Maryland in 2002 by a young mother and Catholic convert who was looking for material that was relevant to her situation.
Walking with Purpose has evolved into a program that strives to reach out to Read More ››
A Safe Environment Training for parents will be offered by the Diocese of Bridgeport on Thursday January 12th, 2017 at the Catholic Center.
The first session for Elementary School parents (K-8) will be held from 5:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M. The second from 6:15 P.M.-7:15 P.M. is designed for Read More ››
The middle school students of St. Theresa School in Trumbull recently honored some of our nation’s Veterans by creating and sending them Veteran’s Day cards. On November 11th, the students wrote to several veterans from both World War II and the Korean War.
This year marked the Read More ››
The Diocese will formally launch its new Diocesan Leadership Institute with Evening Prayer and brief presentation on Encounter, Formation and Discipleship on Wednesday, January 11, 7:00pm at Assumption Church in Westport.
Music will be provided by the Assumption Parish music ministry, and Chris Padgett an internationally known Read More ››
This week’s “Hometown Hero,” profiled on the popular TV News12 Connecticut feature, is Sally Kelman of Stamford, a long-time volunteer at New Covenant Center and a member of Temple Sinai in Stamford.
Once again Sally and members of the Temple served Christmas meals at New Covenant House Read More ››
A trip to Rome isn’t something to be turned down. That’s what Msgr. Stephen DiGiovanni, of Stamford’s Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, said inspired him to write his latest book: “Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus.”
The historical vignette of his alma mater, the Pontifical North American Read More ››
St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Riverside will launch the first of four monthly talks on “Accompanying the Sick and Dying” (Strength for the Journey) on Sunday, January 8, 2017.
By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service
More than 3.9 million pilgrims visited and attended papal events, liturgies or prayer services during the Holy Year of Mercy in 2016, the Vatican said.
The Prefecture of the Papal Household, the Vatican office that coordinates the audiences and distributes the Read More ››
By Doreen Abi Raad Catholic News Service
Lamenting the exodus of Christians from their ancestral homelands, Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East pleaded for peace and security in their annual Christmas messages.
In separate statements, the prelates shared their anguish regarding the persecution and uprooting of Christians from the Read More ››
By Linda Conner Lambeck | Published in ctpost.com
As the Mass ended for one group of worshippers at St. Margaret Shrine on Christmas morning, another group started slipping in through the side doors for the next service.
The bells pealed. The sun beamed. Some worshippers even wore Santa hats. Greeted Read More ››
There was something missing from St. Mary’s on the city’s East Side, something that became more urgent as summer turned to fall and the subject of Christmas decorations came up. Until a few months ago, St. Mary’s was guided by the Rev. Matthew Bernelli who had been Read More ››
While there are countless gestures of helping those less fortunate at the holidays, the young women who attend Lauralton Hall in Milford are dedicated to service throughout the year.
For over 100 years, the mission of the all-girls college-prep school is not only to prepare students for Read More ››
“This little light of mine, I’m going to make it shine,” sang the entire 14-member cast of the St. Catherine Academy Christmas Pageant as they held tiny candles in their hands. And that light shone in their faces and their voices as they sang in the yearly Read More ››
In this audio message, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano reflects on the meaning of Christmas in troubled times when many people around the globe are suffering from wars, terrorism and other dislocation.
The Bishop says that Christmas gives us “the enduring mystery of the incarnation,” that God is Read More ››
Greenwich Catholic School hosted its yearly Christmas concert last night with special guests The Alternate Routes and emcee “Coach” Chris Rodriguez of 107.1 The Peak.
An annual tradition, the Christmas show features band, strings, and vocal performances by each grade as well as a Kindergarten Nativity play. Rodriguez, Read More ››
Braving the rain members of St. John XXIII Council 5987 of the Knights of Columbus Monroe joined by St. Jude parishioners blessed the council’s Creche that was placed on the Monroe town green. Council Chaplain Msgr. Dariusz Zielonka, pastor of St. Jude, performed the blessing.
The ceremony Read More ››
A Christmas tree lighting became the first “official” ceremony following the agreement of Sacred Heart University to purchase the former 66-acre General Electric global headquarters in Fairfield. The purchase will support the university’s ongoing strategic expansion and development as a leading institution of higher education.
“This is Read More ››
On Gaudete Sunday, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano was the guest on “Religion on the Line,” the long-running WABC-Radio program hosted by Rabbi Joseph Potasnik and Deacon Kevin McCormack of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
In the conversation the bishop discussed Advent and preparations for the joy of Read More ››
At the end of a weekend that went from a snowstorm to dense fog, the 75-member Diocesan Youth Choir lit up the Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport with it second annual “Arise and Shine” Christmas Concert.
More than 900 turned out on Sunday evening for a joyous Read More ››
The McGivney Center’s Annual Christmas Store event will be held on Wednesday December 21 from 3:30 – 5:30 at the McGivney Center, 338 Stillman Street, Bridgeport, CT.
“Our Annual Christmas Store is a highly anticipated event that helps children experience the rewards of earning and giving. Each Read More ››
The December 16 “Week in Review” shows the diocese getting ready for Christmas in a joyful, active way. Social Media Leader John Grosso takes us on tour beginning with the St. Ann School Nativity Pageant.
He also makes stops with Bishop Frank J. Caggiano at the Special Needs Read More ››
As part of Operation Christmas Child, St. Aloysius School students, parents and staff gathered together recently in the school gymnasium to fill over 130 Christmas gift boxes to be delivered to children around the world.
Students, including the youngest children working alongside their Upper School Buddies, selected Read More ››
For their winter project, members of the St. Thomas More Society visited the Missionaries of Charity in Bridgeport on December 13. The St. Thomas More Society is an association of Catholic attorneys, judges, legislators and other legal professionals. Their goal is to strengthen the union of Read More ››
The third Sunday in Advent, known as Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday, was fully experienced by the congregation at the annual Mass to celebrate people with disabilities on December 11. This Mass is hosted at Holy Cross Church by St. Catherine Center for Special Needs in Fairfield.
It has Read More ››
As Christmas approaches, the Nativity scenes found in churches and homes around the world bid us to make room for Jesus, both in our lives and in society, Pope Francis said shortly before the lighting of the Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square on Friday.
On December Read More ››
Members of the newly formed Catholic Service Corps (CSC) were back in action yesterday to help out Al’s Angels with their Holiday Meal Assembly as part of their Christmas food basket preparations.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano stopped by to thank members of the Fairfield Prep and Sacred Read More ››
“Even on the darkest days in our life, there is hope,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said to almost 400 who gathered at St. Margaret Shrine this morning for Mass and the dedication of the Sandy Hook Memorial, just days before the 4th anniversary of the shootings.
“Four Read More ››
Diocesan seminarians at St. John Fisher Seminary gathered recently with their families and friends of the seminary to host their Annual Christmas Concert, with the assistance of the Serra Club of the Diocese of Bridgeport.
With the help of Thomas Marino and David Harvey, the seminarians led Read More ››
After many weeks of collecting donations, packaging presents, and volunteering at Mass, the parishioners of St. Leo Parish delivered over 800 Christmas gifts and hundreds of toiletries to eight different organizations throughout the Stamford area.
The efforts were part of the parish’s annual Wish Tree initiative, and Read More ››
This week’s Around the Diocese begins in Stamford where young professionals met on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception for the Young Adult Group Mass at the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist as part of the Connected Catholics ministry.
From there we move to St. Leo Read More ››
Bishop Caggiano’s reflection on Our Lady
Today is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We remember the unique grace received by Mary at her birth- to be conceived without original sin- so as to become the new Eve through which the Savior Read More ››
Christmas came to St. Vincent’s on November 30 as the 18 foot Christmas tree received its crowning touch of the Snow White Angel during the 14th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting held in the lobby.
President/CEO Vince Caponi welcomed the gathering of employees and visitors and introduced young Read More ››