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Open Meeting for Sexual Abuse Survivors

A gathering on Tuesday, March 6 (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm) will be held at The Newman Center, #7 Eighth Ave, Danbury, CT 06810 (get directions) for any person who has been sexually abused as a minor to meet with the victim assistance coordinators and fellow survivors of sexual abuse.

We hope to hear from you; your input is important to us.

If you are an adult survivor of abuse as a minor, and you would like to learn more about the resources available within the Diocese of Bridgeport, including the Annual Mass for Survivors of Sexual Abuse and upcoming support meetings, please join us on Tuesday March 6, 2018, or contact one of our Victim Assistance Coordinators:

Erin Neil, L.C.S.W., 203-650-3265,

Michael Tintrup, L.C.S.W., 203-241-0987,

Poll: Americans Favor Abortion Limits

More Than 3 In 4 Americans Have Consistently Supported Substantial Restrictions For a Decade

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – More than three quarters of Americans would limit abortion to — at most — the first three months of pregnancy, according to a new Marist Poll. That number has consistently been about three quarters or more for the past decade.

Deanery G Priests Put Faith in Action

STAMFORD—Msgr. Walter Orlowski, Pastor of St. Matthew Church and leader of Deanery G, joined ten other priests from the Diocese of Bridgeport’s Deanery G, Mary, Mother of Divine Grace, in service at New Covenant Center, Stamford.

They prepared and served a full meal to 67 guests, sorted and stocked vegetables and produce in the food pantry, and assisted 40 guests who were shopping in the pantry.

Knights of Columbus Star Awards

The Knights of Columbus Council # 16347 of St. Pius X Parish in Fairfield has been presented with the prestig-ious Star Council Award. This is the highest recognition earned when a Knights of Columbus council qualifies for the Father McGivney, Columbian, and Founders’ Awards within a year period. During the fraternal year starting July 1 of 2016, and ending June 30 of 2017, K of C Council 16347 qualified for all three awards through its out-standing achievements in membership gain, insurance participation, and service program activities.

National Prayer Vigil for Life

WASHINGTON—The National Prayer Vigil for Life will be held from Thursday afternoon, January 18 to Friday morning, January 19, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Over 20,000 pilgrims from around the nation will pray there for an end to abortion before the annual March for Life. The Vigil marks the 45th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion throughout the nine months of pregnancy. Since those decisions, over 58 million abortions have been performed legally in the United States.

Catholics Should Hear “Cry of the Poor”

NEW YORK (CNS) — Catholics have a responsibility to look past the noisy rhetoric of the current debate on immigration and answer the “cry of the poor” by engaging with individuals facing deportation.

That was the focus of a National Migration Week discussion Jan. 11 at the Church of St. Francis Assisi in New York examining the plight of individuals affected by President Donald Trump’s Jan. 25, 2017, executive order on deportation. Presenters discussed practical actions to extend Christian charity and seek justice.

Walking “The Way of the Cross”

JERUSALEM– Continuing in the footsteps of Jesus on the final day of their pilgrimage to the Holy Land, a delegation of 22 young adults from the Diocese of Bridgeport walked “The Way of the Cross.”

The night before they prayed at the Mount of Olives and at the rock on which Jesus prayed on that first Holy Thursday, and journeyed to the Western Wall, where they prayed for all of the intentions people from the diocese had sent on social media.

U.S. News & World Report Ranks SHU

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University’s online programs for bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing are the best in the state, according to a statement U.S. News & World Report released Jan. 9. Sacred Heart’s programs were ranked against those from hundreds of colleges and universities across the country in the 2018 U.S.News Best Online Programs rankings.

Open Meeting for Sexual Abuse Survivors

BRIDGEPORT—An open meeting for survivors of sexual abuse and their friends and family will be held on January 10, 12:30 to 2:30 at the Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport.

This gathering is being sponsored by the Committee for Healing of Survivors of Sexual Abuse group and the Safe Environments Office of the Diocese of Bridgeport.

It is open to any person who has been sexually abused as a minor to meet with the diocesan victim assistance coordinators and fellow survivors of sexual abuse.

“We hope to hear from abuse survivors. Their input is important to us,” said Erin Neil, Director of Safe Environments.

The Committee for Healing has sponsored a number of events including the Mass of Hope, Healing and Reconciliation held in October at St. Anthony Church, “What unites us is the common search to be able to go on in hope, to be healed from our suffering and drawn closer in reconciliation,” the Bishop said at the Mass. “Healing is as much a walk in in faith as being carried in faith by the love of Christ,” said the Bishop at the Mass, which also included testimonials from member of the Healing Committee.

Survivors of Sexual Abuse also recently shared their stories in two powerful videos that offer a candid and hopeful look at what the group and diocese have done to address victims and prevent further abuse, but also explore the pain and ongoing suffering victims have felt as they come to terms with abuse in their own lives.

The videos were produced at Sacred Heart University. They can be viewed at

The first public event sponsored by the survivor’s group was the Service of Peace, Hope, and Healing for survivors of Clerical Sexual Abuse held at the Egan Chapel of Fairfield University in November 2016.

In addition, the group has sponsored gatherings at the Bridgeport Public Library at their North Branch, 3455 Madison Ave., Bridgeport. This is an opportunity to meet with fellow adult survivors of abuse as a minor together with a diocesan victim assistance coordinator.

(If you are an adult survivor of abuse as a minor, and you would like to learn more about this Mass, the upcoming gatherings, and resources that are available in our diocese, contact one of our victim assistance coordinators: Erin Neil, LCSW, 203.650.3265 or Michael Tintrup, LCSW, 203.241.0987.)

St. Vincent College Continues Tradition

LATROBE, PA – The Benedictine monks of Saint Vincent College are continuing the ancient Epiphany blessing tradition of “chalking the doors” in a contemporary way.

In order to invoke the prayer “May Christ bless the house” on campus residence hall and office doorways as well as off campus on the homes of faculty, staff, alumni and friends in a new way, the monks are distributing pre-printed cards which are taped on doors instead of writing the blessing by hand in chalk directly on the doors.

Open Meeting for Sexual Abuse Survivors

A gathering on January 10 (12:30 pm – 2:00 pm) will be held at the Catholic Center for any person who has been sexually abused as a minor to meet with the victim assistance coordinators and fellow survivors of sexual abuse. We hope to hear from you; your input is important to us.

If you are an adult survivor of abuse as a minor, and you would like to learn more about the resources available within the Diocese of Bridgeport, including the Annual Mass for Survivors of Sexual Abuse and upcoming support meetings, please join us on January 10, 2018, or contact one of our Victim Assistance Coordinators:

Erin Neil, L.C.S.W., 203-650-3265,

Michael Tintrup, L.C.S.W., 203-241-0987,

Celebrating A Journey Of Faith And Achievement

BRIDGEPORT— 2017 was a remarkable year for the Diocese of Bridgeport. In this “Top Ten” countdown, social media leader John Grosso shares some of the top stories from a year that saw the diocese grow in faith and in opportunities to serve, to worship and to evangelize. From the launch of the new Leadership Institute and the Face of Prayer campaign to the diocesan pilgrimage to the National Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., people throughout the diocese followed the call of Bishop Frank Caggiano for prayer and renewal.

The Waiting is Nearly Over!

BRIDGEPORT— In this joyous video, diocesan Social Media Leader John Grosso takes us for a one-minute trip around the diocese during the past week as the faithful prepared for Christmas.

You’ll hear the Diocesan Youth Choir sing, and share in the happiness and joy of our school children as they participate in Nativity pageants in schools and parishes.

Cleaning Up for Christmas

Bishop Caggiano’s 12/22/2017 Reflection

“The last item that I remember being part of our family’s annual Christmas “preparations” was what mom called “house cleaning”. For my part, I did not think the house needed to be cleaned in any special way, since everything always seemed to me to be spotless. However, Christmas house cleaning meant cabinets were to be cleaned, Christmas dishes unpacked, bedrooms were to be “straightened out” and all the floors washed.

“Christmas Store” is About Earning and Giving

BRIDGEPORT–Santa was on hand, there was a mountain of toys, and children were hard at work “shopping” for those they love yesterday at the McGivney Center’s Annual Christmas Store.

“This is wonderful—one of the best yet,” said Terry O’Connor, Executive Director of the McGivney Center located on the East Side of Bridgeport on the grounds of St. Charles Borromeo Parish.

St. Catherine Students Shine a Light

FAIRFIELD—“What a remarkable experience of faith!” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano at the end of this year’s St. Catherine Academy Christmas Pageant.

“Now I can say it’s really the beginning of the Christmas Season in our diocese!” said the bishop to the more than 200 people who turned out for this year’s pageant performed by students who with autism or intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Bishop at Newtown Remembrance

NEWTOWN – On the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, more than 800 people gathered at St. Rose of Lima Church for a Mass of Remembrance, in search of healing and hope.

They looked for healing from a tragedy that Bishop Frank Caggiano said could not be captured in words, when a disturbed young man took the lives of 20 first-graders and six educators shortly before Christmas.

Catholic Liturgies Avoid Christmas Decorations, Carols in Advent

WASHINGTON (CNS) — During the weeks before Christmas, Catholic churches stand out for what they are missing. Unlike stores, malls, public buildings and homes that start gearing up for Christmas at least by Thanksgiving, churches appear almost stark save for Advent wreaths and maybe some greenery or white lights.

Arise and Shine! Diocesan Youth Choir Christmas Concert

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BRIDGEPORT—The Diocesan Youth Choir Christmas Concert will be held at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts of Fairfield University on Sunday December 17, at 7 pm.

This will be the third Christmas Concert for the youth choir formed by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano. It has become one of the most joyous and inspiring events of the year in the diocese.

St Matthew Knights of Columbus Continue Thanksgiving Weekend Traditions of Helping Those in Need

Norwalk’s Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 has many traditions but helping veterans and children in need is at the top of the list.

First Council 14360 and students at All Saints Catholic School sponsored a donation drive for the veterans at the Homes for The Brave in Bridgeport in honor of Veterans Day. Homes for The Brave is a facility in Bridgeport that takes care of veterans who are working to get back to regular life after serving in the armed forces. This was the 4th consecutive year that the council and school has run a drive for Homes for the Brave.

Knights of Columbus Donates 300 Coats to New Haven Area Kids

NEW HAVEN—After being out of work for a prolonged period due to an illness, Montreal Beckford has slowly been lifting herself back up with the helping hand of what she said is “God’s grace.”

During that time, it was a challenge to purchase coats for her three children and a nephew she has guardianship over. “I couldn’t get anything,” Beckford said.

“Harvest Table” Helps Feed the Poor

STAMFORD – What a spectacular Harvest Table! The 7th annual Harvest Table fundraiser, held November 12 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, raised more than $110,000 for New Covenant Center, one of the largest soup kitchens in the state. “The event was a record-breaking financial success, and topped last year’s attendance with over 300 supporters,” said John Gutman, executive director.

Meet Jennifer, Anthony and Charo!

STAMFORD– Meet Jennifer, Anthony and Charo. They’ll change your understanding of people who rely on a soup kitchen for food and other services.

As families throughout the area prepare for their Thanksgiving gatherings, this powerful five-minute “Welcome to New Covenant Center” video gives insight into the struggles of the homeless and vulnerable along with the great generosity of those who work to serve them.

With Jesus, There is Nothing You Can’t Face – NCYC 17 Recap

INDIANAPOLIS- Just over 24,000 Catholic youth from throughout the country gathered in Indianapolis for a three day conference and celebration of faith. Participants in last weekend’s National Catholic Youth Conference came from as far as Alaska and Hawaii, and as close as our very own Diocese of Bridgeport, which sent a contingent of 30 youth and chaperones.

Girls Soccer: St. Joseph Wins Third Consecutive State Title

St Joseph High’s girls soccer team has overcome some obstacles this fall, passing most tests with ease to earn a matchup with top-seeded RHAM of Hebron in Saturday Class L state championship game.

Holding true to form, the third-seeded Cadets again overcame on-paper odds and dominated against the better seed, prevailing 1-0 to hoist their third straight state trophy, at neutral site Middletown High. It was St. Joseph’s fourth title in five years.

Beatification Will See ‘Jesus Planting his Cross’ in Heart of Detroit

DETROIT (CNS) — On Nov. 18, more than a few Hail Marys will be thrown around inside Ford Field. And unlike a football game, every single prayer will be answered.

That day jerseys and helmets will be replaced by chasubles and miters as thousands of bishops, clergy and faithful from across the country prepare to celebrate the beatification of Capuchin Franciscan Father Solanus Casey at the home of the NFL’s Detroit Lions, the largest venue Detroit could find.

There won’t be pyrotechnics or huge inflatable lions when the opening procession begins through the stadium’s giant tunnel, but it should be a surreal sight nonetheless.

At Home and Abroad: Bishops’ Conferences Show Collegiality, Solidarity

VATICAN CITY—The role of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other bishops’ conferences around the world is “catholic”—working together to promote the church’s mission, but also “to support peacebuilding and human development throughout the world,” said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.

Join the “Great Turkey Giveaway” at NCH

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STAMFORD — In Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union address (often referred to as the Four Freedoms Speech), he proposed four fundamental freedoms that people “everywhere in the world” should enjoy. One of those was Freedom from Want, which Norman Rockwell depicted in his painting of a smiling family gathered around the Thanksgiving table.

Discernment Journey is Not Taken Alone

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STAMFORD—“Discerning a vocation for the priesthood is not something you can do alone,” says Colin Lomnizter, a seminarian at the St. John Fisher Residence in Stamford.

“You need the help and support of others who are in the same situation. That includes other seminarians and those who are skilled at helping you understand yourself and whether or not a vocation to the priesthood fits you,” he says.

St. Augustine Medal Recipients “Work Wonders”

Click here to view the 2017 St. Augustine Medal Recipients

Saint Mary School, Bethel: Mr. Bob & Mrs. Ann Stosser
Nominated by Mr. Greg Viceroy, Principal

Saint Mary Parish, Bethel: Ms. Rose Schlemmer
Nominated by Reverend Corey V. Piccinino, Pastor

Blessed Sacrament Parish, Bridgeport: Deacon Ricardo Martinez & Mr. Erick Martinez
Nominated by Reverend Joseph J. Karcsinski, Parochial Administrator

Catholic Academy of Bridgeport, Bridgeport: Mr. James L. Bailey
Nominated by Sister Joan Magnetti, RSCJ, Executive Director

Kolbe Cathedral High School, Bridgeport: Mr. Michael & Mrs. Sharon Federici
Nominated by Mr. Henry Rondon, Principal

Office of Development, Bridgeport: Mr. Thomas Kolenberg
Nominated by Mr. Bill McLean, Chief Development Officer

Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Bridgeport: Mr. Manuel & Mrs. Irene Coutinho
Nominated by Reverend José B. Alves, Pastor

Our Lady of Good Counsel Chapel, Bridgeport: Mr. Joseph Varhidi
Nominated by Reverend Eugene R. Szantyr, Pastor

Saint Andrew Parish, Bridgeport: Mr. Charles Richardson
Nominated by Reverend Eugene R. Szantyr, Pastor

Saint Andrew Academy, Bridgeport: Ms. Nicole Rivera
Nominated by Mrs. Lori Wilson, Principal

Saint Ann Academy, Bridgeport: Ms. Sandra Santa
Nominated by Mrs. Patricia Griffin, Principal

Saint Ann Parish, Bridgeport: Mr. William & Mrs. Nora Verespie
Nominated by Reverend Peter J. Lynch, Pastor

Saint Augustine Academy, Bridgeport: Mr. Todd Van Ness
Nominated by Dr. Debi Boccanfuso, Principal

Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, Bridgeport: Mr. Gustavo & Mrs. Cristiana Murta
Nominated by Reverend Francisco Gomez-Franco, Pastor

Saint George Parish, Bridgeport: Ms. Sonia Ortiz
Nominated by Reverend Elio Albano Sosa, IVE, Parochial Administrator

Saint Margaret Shrine, Bridgeport: Mr. Ed & Mrs. Ann Mastrone
Nominated by Reverend Giandomenico Flora, Rector

Saint Mary Parish, Bridgeport: Mr. Emilio & Mrs. Guillermina Alicea
Nominated by Reverend Rolando Torres, Pastor

Saint Peter Parish, Bridgeport: Mr. Felix & Mrs. Brunilda Arbelo
Nominated by Reverend José Rebaque, Parochial Administrator

Saint Raphael Academy, Bridgeport: Mrs. Ilene Ianniello
Nominated by Sister Christine Hoffner, Principal

The Cathedral Parish, Bridgeport: Mr. Carlos & Mrs. Griselda Ortiz
Nominated by Reverend F. John Ringley, Pastor

Saint Joseph School, Brookfield: Ms. Mary Jo Howe
Nominated by Ms. Dina Monti, Principal

Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish, Brookfield: Mr. Donald & Mrs. Claudette Perley
Nominated by Reverend Shawn W. Cutler, Pastor

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Danbury: Mr. Jose & Mrs. Adelia Santos
Nominated by Reverend Jose Brito-Martins, Parochial Administrator

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Danbury: Mr. Luis & Mrs. Rosa Guachon
Nominated by Reverend John Jairo Perez, Pastor

Saint Gregory the Great Parish, Danbury: Mr. Peter Buzaid
Nominated by Reverend Jeffrey Couture, former Parochial Administrator

Saint Gregory the Great School, Danbury: Mr. Michael & Mrs. Sally Wilson
Nominated by Mrs. Suzanne Curra, Principal

Saint Joseph Parish, Danbury: Mr. Joseph Bromley
Nominated by Reverend Samuel V. Scott, Pastor

Saint Joseph School, Danbury: Mr. Edovard & Mrs. Marilyn Vieux
Nominated by Mrs. Lisa Lanni, Principal

Saint Peter Parish, Danbury: Ms. Heloisa Neves
Nominated by Reverend Gregg D. Mecca, Pastor

Saint Peter School, Danbury: Ms. Mayra Clay
Nominated by Mrs. Mary McCormack, Principal

Saint John Parish, Darien: Mr. William Frazier
Nominated by Reverend Francis T. Hoffmann, Pastor

Saint Thomas More Parish, Darien: Mr. James Davis
Nominated by Reverend Paul G. Murphy, Pastor

Notre Dame Parish, Easton: Mr. William & Mrs. Cheryl Constand
Nominated by Reverend Michael P. Lyons, Pastor

Holy Cross Parish, Fairfield: Mr. John & Mrs. Marie Adams
Nominated by Reverend Alfred F. Pecaric, Pastor

Holy Family Parish, Fairfield: Mr. Al & Mrs. Marylou Edwards
Nominated by Reverend Norman J. Guilbert, Pastor

Notre Dame High School, Fairfield: Ms. Kathy Rohr
Nominated by Mr. Chris Cipriano, Principal

Our Lady of Assumption School, Fairfield: Ms. Jody Gourley
Nominated by Mr. Steve Santoli, Principal

Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Fairfield: Mr. Michael & Mrs. Diane Kane
Nominated by Reverend Peter A. Cipriani, Pastor

Saint Anthony of Padua Parish, Fairfield: Mrs. Kyle Ann McCarthy
Nominated by Reverend John P. Baran, Pastor

Saint Catherine Academy, Fairfield: Ms. Virginia Aoyama
Nominated by Mr. Brian Farrell, Director or Eduation/Principal

Saint Emery Parish, Fairfield: Mr. Nicholas & Mrs. Laureen Pekar
Nominated by Reverend Milan Dimic, Pastor

Saint Pius X Parish, Fairfield: Mr. Robert Guman
Nominated by Reverend Samuel Kachuba, Pastor

Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish, Fairfield: Mr. Glenn & Mrs. Patricia Hansen
Nominated by Reverend Victor T. Martin, Pastor

Saint Thomas Aquinas School, Fairfield: Mr. Joseph Draper
Nominated by Mr. Steve Anderson, Principal

Sacred Heart Parish, Georgetown: Mr. Robert & Mrs. Janet Glennan
Nominated by Reverend David C. Leopold, Pastor

Greenwich Catholic School, Greenwich: Mr. Robert & Mrs. Bonnie Tuite
Nominated by Mrs. Patrice Kopas, Principal

Sacred Heart Parish, Greenwich: Mr. John Innominato
Nominated by Reverend Bose Raja Selvaraj, Pastor

Saint Agnes Parish, Greenwich: Mr. James & Mrs. Marguerita Salerno
Nominated by Reverend James A. McDevitt, Pastor

Saint Mary Parish, Greenwich: Mr. Laurence Mabes, Jr.
Nominated by Reverend Cyprian P. LaPastina, Pastor

Saint Michael the Archangel Parish, Greenwich: Ms. Lynn Ambrosino
Nominated by Reverend Ian M. Jeremiah, Pastor

Saint Paul Parish, Greenwich: Ms. Dorothy Mitchell
Nominated by Reverend Leszek Szymaszek, Pastor

Saint Roch Parish, Greenwich: Ms. Emperatriz Constante
Nominated by Reverend Arthur C. Mollenhauer, Pastor

Saint Jude Parish, Monroe: Mr. Jeff & Mrs. Liz Romeo
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Dariusz J. Zielonka, Pastor

Saint Aloysius Parish, New Canaan: Mr. Michael & Mrs. Mary Aldrich
Nominated by Reverend Robert M. Kinnally, Pastor

Saint Aloysius School, New Canaan: Mr. Mike & Mrs. Lindsay Pignataro
Nominated by Mr. Bardhyl Gjoka, PrincipalSaint Edward the Confessor Parish, New Fairfield: Mr. Alan & Mrs. Jane Liner
Nominated by Reverend Nicholas A. Cirillo, Pastor

Saint Rose of Lima Parish, Newtown: Mr. Robert & Mrs. Patricia Llodra
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Robert E. Weiss, Pastor

Saint Rose of Lima School, Newtown: Mr. Sean & Mrs. Maureen Kerins
Nominated by Sister Colleen Smith, ASCJ, Principal

All Saints School, Norwalk: Mr. Salvatore Calise
Nominated by Mrs. Linda Dunn, Principal

Saint Jerome Parish, Norwalk: Dr. Richard & Mrs. Annette Maiberger
Nominated by Reverend David W. Blanchfield, Pastor

Saint Joseph Parish, Norwalk: Mr. Pedro Hernandez
Nominated by Reverend Peter F. Lenox, Parochial Administrator

Saint Ladislaus Parish, Norwalk: Ms. Alicia Hernandez
Nominated by Reverend Juan Gabriel Acosta-Quevedo, Pastor

Saint Mary Parish, Norwalk: Mr. Stuart & Mrs. Jill Chessman
Nominated by Reverend Richard G. Cipolla, Pastor

Saint Matthew Parish, Norwalk: Ms. Elizabeth Dunne
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Walter C. Orlowski, Pastor

Saint Philip Parish, Norwalk: Mr. Otto de Pierne
Nominated by Reverend Sudhir DSouza, Pastor

Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish, Norwalk: Mr. Thomas Gorzkowski
Nominated by Reverend Mirek Stachurski, Pastor

Saint Patrick Parish, Redding Ridge: Mr. Thomas Ryan
Nominated by Reverend Joseph Cervero, Pastor

Saint Elizabeth Seton Parish, Ridgefield: Mr. James & Mrs. Cynthia Bruno
Nominated by Reverend Joseph A. Prince, Pastor

Saint Mary Parish, Ridgefield: Mr. Vincent Falotico
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Laurence R. Bronkiewicz, Pastor

Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, Riverside: Ms. Catherine Crowther
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Alan F. Detscher, Pastor

Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, Shelton: Mr. Edward Gavin
Nominated by Mrs. Laura Varrone, Principal

Saint Joseph Parish, Shelton: Ms. Mary Ann Miller
Nominated by Reverend Michael F. Dogali, Pastor

Saint Lawrence Parish, Shelton: Mr. Frank Masso, Jr.
Nominated by Reverend Michael K. Jones, Pastor

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish, Shelton: Mr. Robert & Mrs. Barbara Stellner
Nominated by Reverend Ciprian Bejan, Pastor

Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Stamford: Mr. Greg & Mrs. Agnes Rus
Nominated by Reverend Pawel M. Hrebenko, Pastor

Holy Spirit Parish, Stamford: Ms. Karen Pritchard
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Kevin T. Royal, Pastor

Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Stamford: Mr. Kenneth & Mrs. Anne Wiegand
Nominated by Reverend Piotr K. Smolik, Pastor

Sacred Heart Parish, Stamford: Ms. Barbara Cerulli
Nominated by Reverend Alfonso Picone, Pastor

Saint Benedict-Our Lady of Montserrat, Stamford: Ms. Jackie Hargraves
Nominated by Reverend Gustavo A. Falla, Pastor

Saint Bridget of Ireland Parish, Stamford: Mr. Nathaniel & Mrs. Patricia Belknap
Nominated by Reverend Edward McAuley, Pastor

Saint Cecilia Parish, Stamford: Mr. Charlie & Mrs. Lena Costello
Nominated by Reverend Albert G. Pinciaro, Pastor

Saint Gabriel Parish, Stamford: Ms. Teresita Senerador
Nominated by Reverend William M. Quinlan, Pastor

Saint Leo Parish, Stamford: Ms. Marcia Mandi
Nominated by Reverend James D. Grosso, Pastor

Saint Mary Parish, Stamford: Ms. Sally Campo, posthumously
Nominated by Reverend Gustavo A. Falla, Pastor

Saint Maurice Parish, Stamford: Mr. John & Mrs. Susan Pritting
Nominated by Reverend Alfred A. Riendeau, Pastor

The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist, Stamford: Mr. David & Mrs. Janet Lancaster
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Stephen M. DiGiovanni, Pastor

The Catholic Academy of Stamford, Stamford: Mr. Harold Spitzfaden
Nominated by Ms. Patricia Brady, Head of School

Trinity Catholic High School, Stamford: Mr. Michael & Mrs. Mary Ann O’Leary
Nominated by Mr. David Williams, Principal

Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Stratford: Mr. Greg Moreau
Nominated by Reverend Andrew G. Marus, Pastor

Our Lady of Grace Parish, Stratford: Mr. Brian & Mrs. Paula Latham
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Martin P. Ryan, Pastor

Our Lady of Peace Parish, Stratford: Ms. Mary Ann Palmiero
Nominated by Reverend Nicholas S. Pavia, Pastor

Saint James Parish, Stratford: Mr. Dan & Mrs. Jen Caron
Nominated by Reverend Thomas F. Lynch, Pastor

Saint James School, Stratford: Mr. Richard & Mrs. Jessica Curran
Nominated by Mr. Jack Lynch, Principal

Saint Mark Parish, Stratford: Mr. Michael Mollica
Nominated by Reverend Birendra Soreng, Pastor

Saint Mark School, Stratford: Ms. Theresa Sciallo
Nominated by Mr. Scott Clough, Principal

Christ the King Parish, Trumbull: Mr. Bob & Mrs. Pat Silk
Nominated by Reverend Terrence P. Walsh, Pastor

Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, Trumbull: Mrs. Patrica Capozzi
Nominated by Reverend Joseph A. Marcello, Pastor

Saint Catherine of Siena School, Trumbull: Mrs. Mary Dineen
Nominated by Ms. Eunice Giaquinto, Principal

Saint Stephen Parish, Trumbull: Ms. Doris Torok
Nominated by Reverend Christopher J. Samele, Pastor

Saint Theresa Parish, Trumbull: Mr. John & Mrs. Anne Connaughton
Nominated by Reverend Brian P. Gannon, Pastor

Saint Theresa School, Trumbull: Mr. Carmine Pasacreta
Nominated by Mr. Salvatore Vittoria, Principal

Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, Weston: Mr. Christian Eidt
Nominated by Reverend Michael L. Dunn, former Pastor

Church of the Assumption Parish, Westport: Mr. Robert & Mrs. Veronica Estony
Nominated by Reverend Thomas P. Thorne, Pastor

Saint Luke Parish, Westport: Mr. Bill & Mrs. Judy Wanat
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Andrew G. Varga, Pastor

Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Wilton: Mr. Louis Furlo
Nominated by Reverend Reginald Norman, Pastor

Catholic Charities, Bridgeport: Mr. Peter Maloney
Nominated by Mr. Al Barber, President

Catholic Charities, Bridgeport: Mr. Ed Kearns
Nominated by Mr. Al Barber, President

Catholic Charities, Bridgeport: Ms. Shelia McEnery
Nominated by Mr. Al Barber, President

Saint Joseph Parish, Brookfield: Mr. Vincent, posthumously & Mrs. Andrea Lupo
Nominated by Reverend George F. O’Neill, Pastor

Immaculate High School, Danbury: Mr. Kevin Archer
Nominated by Mrs. Mary Maloney, President

Sacred Heart Parish, Danbury: Mr. William Jakubek
Nominated by Reverend Peter J. Towsley, Pastor

Saint Philip Parish, Norwalk: Mr. Otto de Pierne
Nominated by Reverend Sudhir DSouza, Pastor

Saint Mary School, Ridgefield: Mr. Scott Edwardson
Nominated by Mrs. Anna O’Rourke, Principal

BRIDGEPORT— “You may not be able to work miracles but you are wonder workers,” Bishop Caggiano told 175 St. Augustine Medal of Service recipients at St. Augustine Cathedral.

Can the Catholic Church Keep Millennials From Passing it By?

August 15 marked two important events for New York-area Catholics this year. It was the feast of the Assumption of Mary. It was also the start of the Subway Series between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets. The Diocese of Bridgeport decided to celebrate both, with an event billed as “Baseball with the Bishop,” which is exactly what it sounds like.