Dear members of the Sacred Heart University community,
Sadly, I am once again writing to you about a senseless mass shooting—this time one that killed 49 people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is particularly horrifying to me because I know how deeply it has Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Reverend Edward A. Colohan passed away at St. Vincent’s Medical Center on Thursday March 14, 2019, at the age of 86.
Father Colohan’s body will be received at Saint Stephen Church located at 6948 Main Street, Trumbull, at 9:30 AM on Friday, March 22, 2019 and will Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School was recently awarded $6,909 in grant money to create a music technology laboratory, which will enhance its popular music education programs. Immaculate received the monies from a grant from Foundations in Education, a non-profit initiative that assists the Diocese of Bridgeport’s ongoing mission Read More ››
AUCKLAND—New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have expressed horror and distress at a terrorist attack in two mosques in Christchurch that saw at least 49 people killed.
The shootings took place at or near the Al Noor Mosque, where 41 people were killed, and at the Linwood Mosque, where Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—New Canaan High School Class of 1978 Honors Memory of Katherine Schlegel
When Elena (Peters) and Stephen Schlegel lost their 20-year-old daughter Katherine last fall, members of the New Canaan High School Class of 1978 quickly focused their upcoming 40th Reunion celebration to make the event a Read More ››
NORWALK—On Saturday, March 9, Knights of Council 14360 held their 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner to raise funds for their charitable causes. Around 225 attendees packed the Masterpool Great Room at St. Matthew Church to enjoy some tasty corned beef with all the trimmings, as well Read More ››
STRATFORD—At five-foot-three, he was one of the most fearsome men on the New York City police force. He was a master of disguise known as the Italian Sherlock Holmes. And he was dauntless in his singlehanded fight against organized crime.
Lt. Joseph Petrosino was the first Italian Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Enhancing a patient’s quality of life, providing patients and families with supportive and spiritual care, and incorporating an interdisciplinary healthcare approach towards pain and symptom management, are all essential criterion to be met in the field of palliative and end-of-life care.
In an effort to emphasize the Read More ››
TRUMBULL—The Parish of Saint Catherine of Siena (220 Shelton Road, Trumbull) joyfully announces the completion of its sanctuary beautification project, called Christ at the Center. A Mass of Dedication with Consecration of the Church will be celebrated on Sunday, March 24, at 2 pm. The Most Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School announced its first semester Honor Roll students and celebrated the students and their academic achievements at a special Honors Mass recently. Students received either Distinguished Honors, High Honors or Honors.
Distinguished Honors are awarded to students who have a 4.3 minimum GPA with no Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and Foundations in Education will host their 4th annual gala on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Woodway Country Club in Darien. They will be joined this year by professional auctioneer, Patrick Tully. Mr. Tully’s clients include LSA Family Health Service, Petra Nemcova’s Read More ››
During these difficult times for our good and faithful priests, who are often looked upon with suspicion by society because of the sins and crimes of other priests who have abused children, we need to pray each day for their strength, courage and perseverance. We must Read More ››
NEWTOWN—The St. Rose Boys’ Varsity finished up a strong season on Tuesday night. The Rams went 13-5 on the season and made it to the Championship Game of the Parochial League Tournament. The team improved with each game and practice and it was nice to watch Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—In a school-wide assembly today, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School unveiled this year’s One School, One Book™ title, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by award-winning author-illustrator, Grace Lin. The reveal was accompanied by live goldfish, an elaborate hand-made dragon sculpture, posters and other decorations throughout Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—The Sacred Heart University wind ensemble will present “A Celebration of Women Composers” featuring the work of well-known and up-and-coming women composers, including Jennifer Higdon, Julie Giroux, Chen Yi and Kimberly Archer. The University’s choir will join the band to perform music from Ethel Smyth and Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Award-winning author-illustrator, Grace Lin, will visit St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School on Tuesday, March 26. All local preschoolers and their caretakers are invited to a special story time and book signing from 8:45 to 9:30 am in the Parish Center. Ms. Lin will present her 2019 Read More ››
GREENWICH—Back in the 1950s, when Alan Detscher was an altar boy at Sacred Heart Church in Byram, he missed two Masses…and the pastor “fired” him. It could have been an inauspicious start for a young man who was destined to the priesthood, but he took it Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Call: In February of 2018 the St. John Paul II Fund was launched to seek applications from parishes and diocesan organizations to find innovative approaches to invigorating religious education and youth ministry. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano emphasized the importance of “thinking outside the box,” as we Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School will honor Denis Bouffard posthumously with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Carl ‘71 and Lauren Bailey of Brookfield with the Distinguished Service Award at its 14th Annual Spring Gala on March 23 at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury.
HAMDEN—Kelsey Shaver still remembers visiting her grandmother as a little girl and rubbing her back and shoulders to alleviate her chronic pain. It brought her relief, and on one occasion she held Kelsey’s hands and said, “God kissed these hands.” It was a childhood memory that Read More ››
EL PASO—Bishops from Texas and Mexico called for solidarity with migrants as a Catholic response to the national emergency declared at the U.S.-Mexico border.
They also questioned if the emergency—declared by U.S. President Donald Trump to free up funds for building a border wall—was as urgent as Read More ››
WASHINGTON–Monday night, the Senate failed to advance the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act—legislation that prohibits infanticide by ensuring that a child born alive following an abortion would receive the same degree of care to preserve her life and health as would be given to any other Read More ››
WESTON—The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based religious formation program that was begun over 60 years ago in Rome, Italy by Sofia Cavalletti. It is rooted in the Bible, the Liturgy and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Last week The Face of Prayer™ added eleven prestigious catechists to the online video catechism that launched on September 8, 2018. These scholars are faculty and staff members at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
The McGrath Read More ››
NORWALK—St. Philip Church holds its annual hunger awareness event ‘FoodFast – Be the Change’ Saturday to help raise awareness and funds for Eradication of World Hunger. Over 50 teens from local area parishes and middle/high schools participated in the daylong event.
Saint Philip Parish, a welcoming Catholic community, Read More ››
STRATFORD—Stratford basketball coach Tim Swaller had a game plan for Kolbe Cathedral’s Quinton Sneed. Unfortunately for the Red Devils, Sneed was not to be denied.
Combining 17 points with 24 rebounds, Sneed led the sixth-seeded Cougars to a 61-54 victory over third-seeded Stratford in the South West Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—The time has come for an “all-out battle” against the abuse of minors, erasing this abominable crime from the face of the earth, Pope Francis said, closing a global four-day summit on child protection in the Catholic Church.
For quite some time, the world has been Read More ››
STAMFORD—Trinity Catholic High School will cap off a month of celebrations and art contests in a day dedicated to Black History Month, Tuesday February 27. The day of celebrations will also feature a moving exhibit of actual slave artifacts along with a day of food and Read More ››
NEWTOWN—The fourth-grade class at St. Rose of Lima received the People’s Choice Award for Best Decorated Christmas Tree at the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, Conn.
Twenty-six fourth grade classes from around the state decorated trees reflecting this year’s theme “Christmas in Poland.” Under the guidance Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Sponsored by The Center for Catholic Studies, Anthony Domestico will present “Art, Sacrament and Poetry” at Fairfield University on Monday March 4 at 4:30 p.m. In his March 4 lecture, Anthony Domestico, PhD will consider how two contemporary Catholic poets — Lawrence Joseph and Fanny Howe — are rethinking the sacramental in Read More ››
DANBURY—Tong Lilly Zeng ’19 of Danbury and Sophia Pilla ‘19 of Ridgefield recently won Scholastic Arts Awards for their original artwork produced in their art portfolio and graphics design classes at Immaculate High School.
Tong won a Silver Key Award for her painting “Redemption” and Sophia won Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—(The following is the message that Dr. Eleanor Sauers read to the congregation of St. Anthony of Padua in Fairfield on Sunday, February 17, when Dr. Sauers was installed as Parish Life Coordinator of St. Anthony of Padua Parish by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.)
Bishop Caggiano, the parish Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—The fifth-grade of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School visited the television studio at Sacred Heart University’s Communications Center to broadcast their own news show. Fifth-grade teachers, Colleen Fallon and Paul Piorek, collaborated to create this exciting program for the students, incorporating several elements from the fifth-grade Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Every year in the Diocese of Bridgeport, over two hundred high school students take part in CONVIVIO, an international conference for the youth, run by youth. CONVIVIO encourages students to grow in their relationship with the Lord by asking hard questions in order to find real Read More ››
WASHINGTON—President of U.S. Bishops’ and Chairman of Bishop’s Committee on Migration Respond to President’s Order to Fund Construction of Border Wall
Today President Trump announced that he will issue an order stating his intention to make use of funds previously appropriated for other purposes to fund the Read More ››
To date, more than 1,100 people have attended the face-to-face workshops in more than a dozen parishes. There are 40 more meetings scheduled. If you have not scheduled a face-to-face session at your parish and would like to do so, please contact Patrick Donovan (firstname.lastname@example.org) as Read More ››
GREENWICH—The leaders of two Catholic churches in Greenwich, St. Catherine of Siena and St. Agnes, are discussing the possibility of becoming one parish with the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Neither of the churches nor the diocese know what the new arrangement would look like yet, but the much-smaller Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—St. Augustine Dance team competed in the Middle School Hip Hop Division at Fairfield Warde’s Annual Dance Jam on the weekend of February 9-10. The team danced to Beastie Boys’ Intergalactic, dressed as aliens and astronauts.
After months of hard work and great leadership from St. A’s Read More ››
NEWTOWN—The seventh graders of St. Rose of Lima school participated in the Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair competition.
Students presented their boards to four outside judges who reviewed the experiments carefully based on criteria provided.
Winners were announced at the Home & School Association meeting on Thursday, February Read More ››
Click here to read Foundations in Education’s First Annual Report!
Foundations in Education is committed to strengthen and transform the mission of Catholic education in the Diocese of Bridgeport by supporting innovation in academic and extra-curriculum programs, fostering opportunities for the professional development of school leaders in Read More ››
STAMFORD—I was deeply saddened this past month to watch the Reproductive Health Act go into effect in New York—an act that is extremely troubling for the future of our most innocent and vulnerable. While NYC celebrated with a pink-lit bridge and building, I was presenting on Read More ››
DANBURY—Less than 15 percent of U.S. college-bound high school seniors achieve perfect SAT scores. This year, six Immaculate High School seniors achieved perfect scores on their SAT math section, with two of those students achieving a perfect score on the Level II SAT math test and Read More ››
DANBURY—Four Immaculate High School student-athletes recently signed to play sports in the Fall of 2019 at Columbia University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Quinnipiac University and Mount Saint Mary’s University.
“This is a very exciting time for these young student-athletes. Years of hard work have led to this Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound will host its Annual Sports Gala and Auction benefiting Connecticut police, fire, and correction officers, EMS personnel, public safety dispatchers, and their families battling cancer. Retired NFL Star, Merril Hoge, will be the guest speaker at the event on March Read More ››
The Diocese of Bridgeport has been informed that individuals from various towns and parishes are receiving emails and/or phone calls that claim to be from pastors or other clergy members. Anyone whose phone number is listed on a church website may possibly be targeted. These scammers Read More ››
DANBURY—A team of Immaculate High School (IHS) engineering students won the state-level 2019 Real World Design Challenge (RWDC), an annual competition run by public and private partnerships that work together to build a solid foundation for the future STEM workforce. This was the first time Immaculate Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted another Three-Year Accreditation to the cancer program at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated Read More ››
STAMFORD—On Tuesday, January 29 a group of students from the Catholic Academy of Stamford visited a seventh-grade class to teach a fun, interactive lesson to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. They had the opportunity to discuss and learn about their faith in a creative way. Thank you Read More ››
BROOKFIELD—Have you ever wondered if you were being “called” to discern the diaconate? Has someone, your pastor, a priest or a deacon ever mentioned to you that they can see you as deacon someday? Do you feel that God calling you to live your faith differently, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—I have practiced law for nearly 50 years and served as a judge for 36 years. In that span of time, I have never seen a state legislature enact such a condemnable piece of legislation as New York’s so-called Reproductive Health Act, which Governor Cuomo deliberately Read More ››
NEWTOWN—On the morning of Tuesday, January 29, St. Rose of Lima School invited their community leaders in for coffee and conversation to thank them for their dedication to St. Rose School and the Newtown Community. The school library looked lovely with red cloths and roses, as well Read More ››
PANAMA CITY—Just before leaving the physical and human warmth of Panama Jan. 27, Pope Francis stopped to thank the thousands of official volunteers, young and old, gathered at the capital city’s Rommel Fernandez Stadium to tell them that they had just participated in an event similar Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School celebrates Catholic Schools Week 2019 (January 27-February 2) by thanking all those who have helped it grow and thrive in the nearly six decades it has served students from the greater-Danbury area.
“There have been many wonderful people who have supported us in making Read More ››
PANAMA CITY (CNS)—Young men and women in the church can bring the joy of the Gospel to the world by showing that God’s love extends to all people and excludes no one, Pope Francis said.
“By your actions and your approach, your way of looking at things, Read More ››
STAMFORD—On February 2, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano ordained Mr. Michael James Vian Clark as a deacon for the Diocese of Bridgeport at St. Gabriel Parish in Stamford, 11 am, on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.
Clark was born in Chichester, England on May 5, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Foundations in Education is pleased to announce that applications to the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund open February 1, 2019!
The mission of the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund is to help families afford a Catholic education at Diocesan elementary schools in Fairfield County.
In the 2018-2019 academic year, the Bishop’s Scholarship Read More ››
WILTON—The 12th Annual Our Lady Fatima School-Wilton Tyler Ugolyn Basketball Tournament will be held Thursday, January 24 through Friday, February 8. This event honors the memory of Tyler Ugolyn, a 1997 Fatima graduate who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attack.
“We anticipate the tournament will include 46 Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City called on the faithful “to pray for an end to the human rights abuse of abortion, and for a culture of life, where through God’s grace all will come to know they are made in His Divine Image.”
His statement Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“This is really what we’re all about—forming people,” said Principal Henry Rondon at Kolbe Cathedral High School in Bridgeport, reading with enthusiasm a recent email from a KCHS ’14 alum, Shyheim Snead.
Snead, who graduated magna cum laude from American University in Washington, D.C., this May, had Read More ››
STAMFORD—An interest in helping those in need has always been a principle which Catholics have followed, born of an innate desire to imitate Christ. Whether it is donating to the homeless, feeding the hungry, or ministering to the oppressed, parishioners from the Diocese of Bridgeport consistently Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Earlier this year, Bridgeport middle school-aged students were invited by Fairfield University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration Committee to write an essay of 500 words or less on the topic: “As we embrace the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., how would you act Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., during a reflection that will focus on his social justice legacy on Wednesday, January 23, at 2 pm at Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield.
Guest speakers Read More ››
STAMFORD—Every year, the Church takes a week to celebrate what makes Catholic education unique and Christ-centered. This “Catholic Schools Week” always takes place during the last week of January, to include the feast days of two great saints who contributed much to Catholic education: St. John Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Join thousands of Catholics nationwide in prayer for the respect of human life!
9 Days for Life is a multi-faceted novena for the respect and protection of every human life. Each day, a different intention is accompanied by a short reflection, suggested actions, and related information.
Text 9DAYS to 55000 for Read More ››
WASHINGTON—On Friday, January 18, 2019, many will gather at our nation’s capital to commemorate the 46th anniversary of the passing of Roe vs. Wade. Thousands from across the country will march, peacefully and in unity, to the steps of Capital to raise awareness of the many lives lost to Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School Coach Brian Hayes was recently named the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association’s Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year for Connecticut. The award is given annually by the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) to Read More ››
CHICAGO—To show support for the U.S. bishops as they gathered at the Mundelein Seminary at the University of St. Mary of the Lake near Chicago for a weeklong retreat in early January, members of lay ecclesial movements met at St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish in Elmwood Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School announced that it will expand its pre-kindergarten program for the 2019-2020 school year. The new program will include children who turn three-years-old on or by August 31.
Jo Ann Mathieson, principal, said the development of a two-year pre-school program was by popular Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Reverend Monsignor Thomas J. Driscoll, P.A., passed away today, December 20, 2018. He was 81 years of age.
“Monsignor Driscoll will be fondly remembered by many for his service in several leadership posts in the diocese and for his faithful witness over many decades as a priest Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— Tickets are still available online and at the door for the “Arise and Shrine” Christmas Concert set for Friday night, 7:30 pm at the Klein Memorial in Bridgeport.
Now in its fourth season, the Arise and Shine concert performed by the Diocesan Youth Choir has become an Read More ››