Articles By: erik shanabrough

Bishops Condemn Separation of Families

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. — The U.S. bishops began their annual spring assembly by condemning recent immigration policies from the Trump administration that have separated families at the U.S.-Mexico border and threatened to deny asylum for people fleeing violence. The morning session here began with a statement, but by its end escalated to numerous Read More ››

Three New Permanent Deacons welcomed

BRIDGEPORT—Family, friends, and community gathered at St. Augustine Cathedral around Joseph Huong, Joseph Koletar, and David Rivera as they celebrated their Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate Saturday, June 9th at 11:00am. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano was the celebrant of the Mass, along with principal concelebrants Monsignor Thomas W. Powers, Vicar General; Monsignor Dariusz Read More ››

Immaculate High School Class of 2018

Danbury, CT – One of its largest graduating classes triumphantly tossed their caps into the air when Immaculate High School graduated 120 seniors at their Commencement Ceremony held on Wednesday, June 6 at Western Connecticut State University’s O’Neill Center in Danbury, CT.

Kevin McCoy of Danbury was Valedictorian and Nicole Palmieri of Sandy Hook Read More ››

Breakfast of Champions 2018

BRIDGEPORT—“This is what we are all about—creating students focused on excellence,” said Dr. Steven Cheeseman, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Bridgeport. Speaking on what he called “one of my favorite days of the year,” he welcomed students and parents to the annual Breakfast of Champions.

Joined by their administrators and pastors,

The “Encuentro” Journey Continues

BLOOMFIELD-Delegates from the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Dioceses of Bridgeport, Norwich and Springfield gathered yesterday at the Archdiocesan Center at Saint Thomas Seminary, in Bloomfield, to further the V Encuentro (Fifth Encounter) journey that has been described as one of the most significant pastoral events of the past decades in the U.S. Read More ››

SHU Students Build Video Game and Careers

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Students at Sacred Heart University don’t just play video games—they also build them.

Nearly two years ago, Robert McCloud, associate professor in the School of Computing, began providing his students hands-on game design experience.

“One of the most important things for students looking for jobs is to have a portfolio highlighting their skills. How Read More ››

SHU Honors Bill Mitchell

Bill Mitchell still remembers the night he took his three sons to an Islanders’ game at Nassau Coliseum. He remembers bringing them to the suite. He remembers the hostess handing him his first double Scotch. But that’s all he remembers.

The next morning he woke with no recollection of the night. He jumped Read More ››

With God All Things Are Possible

BROOKFIELD— This past month, first and seventh graders at St. Joseph School Brookfield, under the guidance of their teachers, Jeanne Vitetta (grade 1) and Kathleen Benzing (grade 7), donated items for and put together Easter goody bags to be distributed at Dorothy Day Hospitality House in Danbury after Easter dinner.

A card was attached

Tribute to John P. Baran

I’m a lucky guy…that is what John would often say about his life, certainly about his friends, but most particularly about this parish. He felt so blessed to have been given the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those people entrusted to his care. And make a difference he did. Read More ››

Three Holy Days

Bishop Frank invites you to walk with the Lord in these Three Holy Days, to discover what really matters in life, and to discover, in the empty tomb on Easter Sunday, the victory that will be ours, in Christ.

Click below to watch the latest Face of Prayer video from Bishop Caggiano.

Fr. John Baran, 59

FAIRFIELD—Rev. John P. Baran, age 59, Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, died and entered eternal life on Saturday, March 24, 2018 in Bridgeport Hospital.

Father John was born in Derby, son of the late Andrew and Mary Bulbert Baran. Raised in Shelton, he is a graduate of St. Joseph High School, Trumbull, Read More ››

Preparing for Palm Sunday

TRUMBULL– Preparing for Palm Sunday—Young people from St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull help to prepare palms for their distribution on Palm Sunday.

The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem the week before his passion and crucifixion. The Gospels attest that as Jesus entered the city, crowds lay down palm branches Read More ››

Greenwich School Adopts New Model

GREENWICH, CT – March 19, 2018– Greenwich Catholic School is pleased to announce its transition to a new governance structure.

Known as an “academy” model, the new governance formation will foster greater engagement to ensure the vitality and viability of Greenwich Catholic School for generations to come.

This step forward is in alignment

Three New Chaplains Join SHU Ministry Team

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Three new part-time chaplains at Sacred Heart University—Imam Gazmend Aga, Rabbi Marcelo Kormis and Mark Block, executive director of Congregation Rodeph Sholom—have joined the Campus Ministry team as part of the “Open Heart, Many Faiths” initiative.

The initiative began as a means of opening channels between faiths, encouraging open dialogue and Read More ››

Catholic Schools “Wear the Green”

BRIDGEPORT— Students from diocesan Catholic schools “put on the green” yesterday and marched in the noontime parade through the streets of downtown Bridgeport.

The St. Patrick’s Day observance began when the Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, celebrated 8 a.m. Mass at St. Augustine Cathedral.

In his homily the bishop said that in Read More ››

St. Pius X Couple Serving as St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshals

BRIDGEPORT—David and Ann Marie Curtin, of Fairfield, the great-grandchildren of Irish immigrants, are serving as Grand Marshals for the 2018 Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Parade set for Friday, March 16, 12:00 pm in downtown Bridgeport.

St. Patrick’s Day observance will formally begin when the Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, celebrates Read More ››

In Memoriam: Rev. Martin J. Nikodem

STRATFORD—Reverend Martin J. Nikodem, age 78 of Trumbull passed away peacefully on March 8, at Lord Chamberlain after a courageous battle with cancer. (Please note re-scheduled funeral time below due to impending snow storm.)

He was born in Bridgeport to the late John and Mary Nikodem. He attended St. Ann’s School in Bridgeport and Read More ››

Excitement Over New St. Joseph’s School Model

BROOKFIELD—Diocesan Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Cheeseman and St. Joseph School Taskforce members unveiled plans for the new school model at a meeting attended by parents and educators last night at St. Joseph Church.

“The Bishop charged us with creating a school that is authentically Catholic, academically excellent, and financially viable,” Dr. Cheeseman said. “And Read More ››

Made for More: Convivio 2018

FAIRFIELD– “Made for More” is the theme of this year’s CONVIVIO, the diocesan youth rally that has drawn almost 200 young people to the Edgerton Center of Sacred Heart University for a weekend of prayer and activities.

“We live in a world that offers us so many different paths and ways to find happiness Read More ››

St Joseph School Brookfield Update

BROOKFIELD – Taskforce and sub-committee members have begun reviewing specific details and plans for the new “multi-age” teaching model at St. Joseph School, said Dr. Steven Cheeseman, Superintendent of Catholic Schools.

Bishop Caggiano introduced the plan for the transition of St. Joseph School of Brookfield into the new blended learning and “multi-age” model” at Read More ››

A Day of Prayer and Penitence

BRIDGEPORT—Thousands throughout the diocese are receiving ashes today in their parishes and in public spaces as they seek to begin the Lenten season in an atmosphere of humility, reverence and personal conversion.

“Ashes on the Bus,” the well received outreach of St. Matthew Parish in Norwalk, is once again on the road distributing ashes Read More ››

St. Joseph High School Hosts NCAA Signing Day Ceremony

February 13, 2018—TRUMBULL, CT—St Joseph High School, striving to be Southern Connecticut’s premier college preparatory school, hosted an athletic Signing Day Ceremony on the school’s campus on Tuesday, February 13.

Five senior students signed either National Letters of Intent or Commitment Letters for their prospective colleges, in front of a group of St Joes Read More ››

St. Mary’s Church Dedicates Shrine

NORWALK—Oysters, with their mottled shells, succulent flesh and hard-won pearls, encapsulate the spirit of Norwalk.

At least they do for Rev. Richard Cipolla, the pastor of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church—and given the city’s rich oystering tradition, it’s likely others agree. So when the time came to dedicate the shrine for Our Lady of Read More ››

Dr. Faggioli Delivers SHU Talk on Pope Francis

American Catholics view Pope Francis’ theology like partisan politics, through a liberal or conservative lens, and this oversimplification has “produced a polarized vision of what this pope is about,” according to a leading Catholic theologian.

“This pontificate is inherently allergic to any polarizing narrative,” said Dr. Massimo Faggioli, Church historian and professor of theology Read More ››