he St. Lawrence Prayer Group, of St. Lawrence in Shelton will be sponsoring the Veneration of the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Monday, June 27 and Tuesday, June 28.
Vivian Mestey of Fredericksburg, Virginia, the guardian of the sacred image, will be making a presentation Read More ››
The Catholic Academy of Bridgeport held its Fourth Annual Golf Classic at the Country Club of Fairfield on Thursday, May 19. The event was a “birdie” by all accounts—from picture-perfect weather to almost 100 enthusiastic golfers to nearly $200,000 raised for student scholarships.
Roughly 930 students attend one Read More ››
On Saturday, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano confirmed young people from St. Jude Parish in Monroe. Among the parents in the Church was JoMarie Branco who was deeply moved by the ceremony and the Bishop’s homily.
Yesterday I experienced one of the most beautiful Masses in a long Read More ››
St. Vincent’s College conferred degrees to 179 members of the Class of 2016 at Friday’s commencement exercises. Most of the students graduated with degrees in nursing: 114 students earned associate of nursing degrees, while 29 others received Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing.
St. Vincent’s also awarded associate Read More ››
You’ll enjoy this “Around the Diocese” week in review by Diocesan Social Media Leader John Grosso.
The video begins with last weekend’s beautiful Pentecost Vigil at St. Augustine Cathedral in downtown Bridgeport, moves on to the 22nd Celebrity Breakfast to benefit Merton Center held on Wednesday and Read More ››
The Annual Catholic Appeal has reached over 50% of goal with more than 12,000 donors participating in the campaign, which was launched in January. To date the campaign has raised over $6 million of the $11 million goal needed to fund the major ministries and programs of Read More ››
In this Pastoral Letter, released on the Solemnity of Easter, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano provides a summary of the vision and mission that arose from Synod 2014 as the diocese works to implement its initiatives in the coming months and years. The Bishop tells us that Read More ››
GOOD FRIDAY multi-parish procession of Stations of the Cross led by Bishop Frank Caggiano will begin 10 am on Fri., March 25, at St. Mary Parish, Bridgeport. East Main Street will be closed for the procession, which includes St. Mary’s, St. Michael the Archangel, St. Charles Read More ››
LENTEN CONCERT by the St. Cecilia Consort, a Fairfield County-based Sacred music ensemble, performing Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater as a Lenten Musical Reflection: Fri., March 25, 7 pm, Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Fairfield. For more info or to hear audio samples visit stceciliaconsort.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/FairfieldSacredMusic/.
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You can find one on your smartphone or tablet with the Diocese of Bridgeport’s new app. You can also hear sermons and speeches by Bishop Frank Caggiano at your leisure, or find a support group sponsored by the diocese Read More ››
The 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) “Renewed in Faith, Hope and Charity,” assists in responding to the challenges of the Fourth Diocesan Synod. The synod listened to the voices of the faithful in the Diocese of Bridgeport, recognized the need to strengthen and support family life, Read More ››
“By giving together as one, great, diocesan family, we will be bonded as a team for the future of our faith and our Church,” say Rowan and Julie Taylor, who have agreed to serve again as lay chair couple of the Annual Catholic Appeal.
“Rowan and I Read More ››
The diocese formally launched the 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) on Sunday, January 16 at St. Matthew Parish in Norwalk, when Bishop Frank J. Caggiano was joined by pastors throughout the diocese to celebrate Mass and ask for blessings on the campaign and the work of Read More ››
Tony Magliano, best known as an internationally syndicated social justice and peace columnist, enters the children’s book genre with “Cracks in the Sidewalk.” In it, Magliano stays true to his vocation by instilling the seeds of social justice, “sharing, fairness and love for life,” into the Read More ››
TRUMBULL—On March 25, the Fraternas (Marian Community of Reconciliation) will mark the 24th anniversary of their founding with a Thanksgiving Mass. All are invited to attend this special Mass, to be held at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull at 7 pm. Bishop Frank J. Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Children, parents, grandparents, extended family and friends filled St. Augustine Cathedral on February 15 as Bishop Frank J. Caggiano joined the Vietnamese community in welcoming the Vietnamese New Year. “This is the most important holiday of the year for our culture,” says Father Augustine Nguyen, episcopal vicar Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has introduced a new governance model for Bridgeport Catholic schools that will lead to greater participation and involvement of the laity in the mission and planning for the four schools.
On January 29, the bishop spoke with teachers, board members and parents in Read More ››
HARTFORD—“Don’t Jump” is the rallying cry of a new media campaign that is being launched today to challenge the proposed legislation that would make it legal for a doctor to prescribe medication to end someone’s life in Connecticut. The campaign’s message aims to urge state legislators Read More ››
In college I wrote a medical ethics paper on a play entitled Whose Life Is It Anyway? That old paper came to mind recently when I learned that the campaign for physician assisted suicide has been gaining momentum. The renewed push to legalize “aid in dying,” Read More ››
Ash Wednesday is one of the liveliest days in the life of an American Catholic parish. Before the Internet and voicemail, parish telephones would start ringing a few days before Ash Wednesday and often ring right through Ash Wednesday itself. These days—maybe because of technology—it seems Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Among those interviewed, for the new PBS series “The Italian Americans” is new Bridgeport Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, a native of Brooklyn and lifelong resident until his installation as leader of the Church in Fairfield County in 2013. Born in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn on Easter Read More ››
The Diocese of Bridgeport has launched its new mobile phone app, which will allow smart phone users in Fairfield County and anywhere in the world to download information and the latest diocesan news.
It is available free of charge on the App Store for the iPhone and Read More ››
TRUMBULL—Nearly 350 delegates to Synod 2014 turned to solutions at the Third General Session today when they voted to approve the final pastoral and temporal challenges in the ongoing renewal of the Catholic Church in Fairfield County.
The adoption of the five global challenges followed months of Read More ››
NEW HAVEN—The vast majority of Americans are still very uncomfortable with abortion, according to a new Knights of Columbus-Marist poll. The survey finds support for abortion restrictions among both “pro-life” and “pro-choice” supporters.
Eighty-four percent of Americans want significant restrictions on abortion, and would limit it to, at Read More ››
STRATFORD—Msgr. George D. Birge was laid to rest this morning after the season’s first snowstorm, but the warmth inside St. James Church was unmistakable as family, friends, and brother priests turned out to remember the man many of them knew simply as “Fr Bo.”
“We gather as Read More ››
WASHINGTON—On a chilly and cloudy morning on the National Mall in Washington, crowds gathered January 22 for the annual March for Life, this year marking the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion virtually on demand.
Tens of thousands gathered first Read More ››
What a sight! Over 25 times from the top of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., I have seen a sea of people marching to proclaim the dignity of unborn human life, and how death-dealing abortion sends the unholy message that some human beings are disposable.
And as I Read More ››
TRUMBULL—St Joseph High School seniors had the opportunity to meet Senator Richard Blumenthal; Cathy Molloy, Connecticut’s First Lady; Bridgeport’s Mayor Bill Finch; as well as several other local and state officials.
The students were invited by Debra Greenwood, president and CEO of the Center for Family Justice, Read More ››
“Tragically, the growing scourge of man’s exploitation by man gravely damages the life of communion and our calling to forge interpersonal relations marked by respect, justice and love,” writes Pope Francis in his January 1 World Day of Peace Message.
But as the message’s title—“No Longer Slaves, Read More ››
In early December, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) stopped feeding 1.7 million Syrian refugees. For two weeks these poor, battered fellow human beings who had fled the misery of civil war, and the barbarism of the “Islamic State,” were told there is no money available Read More ››
All Saints Students help “Keep Christ in Christmas” with annual Knights’ poster contest. In a celebration of the true meaning of the Christmas season, nearly 500 students from All Saints Catholic School recently submitted entries in the Knights of Columbus’ annual Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest.
According to the Read More ››
The Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, offered a reflection on the Lord’s Prayer at St. Luke Church in Westport on Friday, January 9, at 7:30pm.
Bishop Caggiano’s talk was preceded by a wine-and-cheese reception at 7:00pm in the community room of the parish. The program is Read More ››
For several centuries, monks spent countless hours diligently making copy after copy of the Bible by hand in beautiful script and adding colorful illustrations of some passage or parable along with highly ornate, illuminated lettering.
But once Gutenberg came along and printed the first Bible with moveable Read More ››
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has announced the formation of a Ministerial Misconduct Advisory Board to review cases involving clerics accused of misconduct that involves adults or occurs in the exercise of his ministry.
The board will review cases in which the bishop must consider action regarding a Read More ››
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has reconstituted the Review Board of the Diocese of Bridgeport with the announcement of board members and the reappointment of long-time members.
The Review Board was formed in 2002 by Bishop William E. Lori to oversee the implementation of the diocesan Sexual Misconduct Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has reconstituted the Review Board of the Diocese of Bridgeport with the announcement of new board members and the reappointment of long-time members.
The Review Board was formed in 2002 by Bishop William E. Lori to oversee the implementation of the diocesan Sexual Read More ››
200 first graders at St. Rose of Lima in Newtown, Connecticut received their very first bible in special small prayer sessions attended by parents and led by Pam Arsenault, the Director of Religious Education.
“This BibleTalks” by Pamela Fisher is a gift from The Servants of the Father Read More ››
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April – Easter Issue – Volume 36, Number 4
March – Lenten Issue – Volume 36, Number 3
February – Winter Issue – Volume 36, Number 2
January – Catholic Schools Week Issue – Volume 36, Number 1
December – Christmas Issue – Volume 35, Read More ››
In the five years since U.S. Catholic bishops adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People at their landmark June 2002 meeting in Dallas, TX, dioceses across the country have made significant strides to instill practices that will ensure the safety of people of all Read More ››
Erin Neil, M.S.W., is the founding director of the Office of Safe Environments for the Diocese of Bridgeport, which opened in 2003. When the 29- year old social worker stepped into the new position during the middle of the abuse crisis, one could easily have wondered Read More ››
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