Danbury, CT….Immaculate High School (IHS) is proud to announce that four students received Scholastic Arts Awards from the Connecticut Art Education Association.
Adriana Chamberlin ‘18 of Bethel, Joseph Crowley ‘18 of Ridgefield, Ilona Ludanyi ‘18 of Newtown and Feiyan Nancy Yue ‘18 of Danbury were honored Read More ››
Foundations in Education’s 2018 Spring Gala Committee brings great energy and a strong commitment to the cause. Committee members planned and strategized the elements of an extraordinary event at their recent meeting on January 10th at the Catholic Center. Co-chairs of this year’s Gala are the Read More ››
Faced with an unusually severe and deadly flu outbreak this winter, Catholic church leaders in Connecticut are restricting peace handshakes and other rituals of the Mass that could potentially spread the disease.
Church leaders said they hope the restrictions announced this month will reduce the potential for Read More ››
DARIEN— Bishop Caggiano said the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) helps to make the diocese one large family by investing in people through education, charity and other ministries.
Speaking to almost 200 invited guests and volunteers at a reception held at Giovanni’s Water’s Edge, the bishop thanked them Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS)—Catholic bishops are looking to “transform” Catholic schools in response to decades of declining enrollment that has forced hundreds of schools to close since 2005.
The effort, said the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Catholic Education, encompasses a wide-ranging look at Read More ››
NORWALK- Students in All Saints Catholic School in Norwalk made their Facebook Live debut when Anna Zap, cohost of the Anna and Raven Show on Star 99.9 Radio, visited last week.
The purpose of the visit and ensuing live stream was to promote the upcoming Catholic Schools Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said he told the bishops and priests of Chile to be uncompromising when it comes to protecting minors from sexual abuse and to trust that God will purify and renew his church during this time of trial.
Problems and conflicts must Read More ››
GREENWICH—Mary Alice and Thomas O’Malley, longtime Greenwich residents, have committed $500,000 to Foundations in Education over the next five years to establish the The Mary Alice and Thomas O’Malley Scholarship for children of current police officers, firefighters and nurses attending Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford. Read More ››
Deacon Patrick Toole of Westport, a retired IBM executive, has been named Episcopal Delegate for Administration of the Diocese of Bridgeport.
The appointment, made by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and effective January 2, represents a new position similar to Chief Operating Officer in the business world. He Read More ››
WASHINGTON, D.C.— More than 300 people, most of them young, from the Diocese of Bridgeport participated in the 2018 March for Life, yesterday in Washington, D. C.
It is the largest pro-life rally in the world.
Tens of thousands turned out yesterday for the 45th March for Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS)—In remarks broadcast to the March for Life from the White House Rose Garden, President Donald Trump said that his administration “will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life.”
He invoked the theme of this Read More ››
Seeing the holy sites of Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Galilee were profoundly moving to each of the 22 pilgrims who journeyed to the Holy Land earlier this month. As part of their spiritual journey, pilgrims were asked to record short video reflections at holy sites that Read More ››
When I was a little boy, the highpoint of my family’s Christmas preparations was our annual visit to Radio City Music Hall to attend its Christmas show. In addition to the energy and excitement of the city itself, I was always deeply impressed with the live Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Catholic Charities received a much-needed gift in early January. On Wednesday, January 10, a shipment of 28 boxes arrived from Zumiez, a cutting edge clothing company known for snowboarding and skateboarding fashion apparel.
The mission of the Zumiez Foundation is to donate warm cold weather Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS) — New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan invoked the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during a homily at the Jan. 18 Mass that opened the National Prayer Vigil for Life.
Like “Pastor King,” as Cardinal Dolan referred to him throughout his homily, “our belief Read More ››
When: March 16 (7:30-8:30pm) and March 17 (7:45am-4:30pm)
Where: St. Jude Church, Monroe, CT
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Join the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy for an inspiring Mercy & Mary Retreat, featuring bestselling author of 33 Days to Morning Glory and acclaimed speaker Fr. Read More ››
BROOKFIELD– Bishop Caggiano introduced a plan for the transition of St. Joseph School of Brookfield from a traditional classroom approach to a new “blended learning” model at a meeting with parents tonight concerning the future of the school.
He said that the new model, which would be Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
ISRAEL—Day two for the 22 diocesan pilgrims visiting the Holy Land began with a stop at the Jordan River
The group of young adult men and women led by Bishop Caggiano also spent time in Jericho and at the Mountain of Temptations, where Jesus fasted for 40 Read More ››
JERUSALEM—A group of young adults led by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and a few diocesan ministry leaders braved yesterday’s cold weather and headed for Newark Airport and their journey to the Holy Land.
The diocesan delegation of 22 people began the day with Mass in the Read More ››
Msgr. David Quentin Liptak, 89, of Enfield, a columnist and editor for The Catholic Transcript newspaper for more than 60 years, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 1, 2018.
He was born on January 17, 1928, in Bridgeport, son of the late Stephen D. and Amelia M. Read More ››
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 Read More ››
Please join us on for a special concert by Notre Dame’s official concert choir on Friday, January 12, 2018, at 7:30 PM at St. Joseph Church in Danbury.
Directed by Alexander Blachly, the Chorale is a mixed ensemble with a diverse repertoire, featuring music from the Renaissance Read More ››
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 Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— Here’s a first look at the new Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) video for 2018.
Joy in Christ, Our Gift to Share is the theme of the video and the campaign, which kicks off in February.
The 2018 video explains and showcases a broad Read More ››
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 Read More ››
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Ever see a Nativity scene set in Louisiana bayou country? Or from a northern Peruvian village and carved from the calabash tree’s fruit? Or a tiny one in a miniature bottle and another painted on a large feather?
A number of unusual and Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In an increasingly complex world of unprecedented scientific and technological challenges, theologians must communicate what is essential about life and help Christians proclaim God’s merciful, saving grace, Pope Francis told a group of Italian theologians.
The theologians’ task requires being “faithful and anchored” Read More ››
FAIRFIELD— Students at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Fairfield swapped their usual Monday class schedules on December 11 for a full range of activities to honor the Patroness of their school, the Blessed Virgin Mary.
“Our Lady’s Day,” designed and coordinated by Notre Dame’s Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Ring in the New Year through adoration, prayer and fellowship on Sunday December 31, at St. Ann Church, 418 Brewster Street in Black Rock, Bridgeport!
Adorations begins at 11:00 p.m. with Benediction set for 12:15 a.m. Fellowship and light refreshments will follow.
Msgr. Thomas Powers, Vicar Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Those who recognize the Lord in the baby Jesus in the manger also should recognize his presence in children suffering today because of war, poverty and immigration, Pope Francis said.
“Jesus knows well the pain of not being welcomed and how hard it Read More ››
Earlier this month, as I was driving on the Merritt Parkway, I was comforted to see the large number of cars which had Christmas trees tied to their roof. It was comforting because it brought back many memories of when I was a little boy and Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christmas calls believers to see God’s presence where he is often perceived as absent, especially in the “unwelcomed visitor, often unrecognizable, who walks through our cities and our neighborhoods, who travels on our buses and knocks on our doors,” Pope Francis said.
“Christmas Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT — The Rev. Matthew Bernelli was like a kid with a train set as he showed off his famous Nativity scene, now set up at St. Andrew Church in the North End after numerous Christmases on the East Side.
“It came out good,” said the Catholic Read More ››
WILTON– Battling a deadly disease is a daunting task to face alone. So, it is truly special when children, parents, alumni and friends of Fatima join forces to show moral support for someone who has made a difference in their lives.
On Monday December 11th, Fatima Read More ››
DANBURY— The Immaculate High School track team ran a special marathon on December 14 to honor the 26 children and staff who lost their lives five years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The student-athletes started with a prayer circle, then ran a total of 26 miles, Read More ››
ROME (CNS) — With so much suffering, poverty and exploitation in the world, missionary work must also include reaching out to people whose hearts are closed to receiving immigrants and refugees, Pope Francis told Jesuits in Myanmar.
“Unfortunately, in Europe there are countries that have chosen to Read More ››
STAMFORD—“I come here with a very simple message: our Church and its people stand by all who are here with us, whether documented or undocumented,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said to members of St. Mary Parish in Stamford this afternoon.
The bishop’s visit to the parish, founded Read More ››
RIDGEFIELD– Ridgefield High School senior Joe Fazio has been out selling baked goods for the past 2 months around the town with the goal of raising $500 for Meals on Wheels of Ridgefield.
Joe, a member of St. Mary Parish in Ridgefield, says his Catholic Read More ››
One of the most significant theologians of the 20th century, whose work profoundly affected the thought of Popes Benedict XVI and Francis, will soon be on the road to sainthood.
At a Mass Dec. 16, the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, Germany, will officially open the Read More ››
NEWTOWN— Kristen Roessler, a senior at Immaculate High School, was recently selected to the prestigious 2017 Fall High School Girls All-America Team by United Soccer Coaches. The Danbury resident is one of only 60 girls in the country to receive this honor.United Soccer Coaches is the Read More ››
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 Read More ››
CONNECTICUT (FOX5NY.COM) – Bishop Frank Caggiano recently got some social media suggestions from Kolbe Cathedral High School students in Bridgeport, Connecticut. You might say he is a social media sensation—at least inside the Bridgeport Catholic Diocese. A YouTube video posted to the bishop’s Facebook page got Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In this brief video Bishop Frank J. Caggiano invites all around the diocese to attend the upcoming “Arise and Shine” Christmas Concert, which will be held at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts of Fairfield University on Sunday December 17, at 7 pm.
The 100-member Read More ››
To be dedicated today Friday December 8 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Trinity Dome Mosaic features 14 million pieces of Venetian glass.
Faith begins and ends in the mystery of the Holy Trinity. Christians are baptized “in the name of Read More ››
NORWALK—Two Advent concerts over the weekend celebrated the beginning of the Advent observance throughout the diocese.
The seminarians of Saint Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, NY, presented a beautiful program of Advent and Christmas music on Saturday at the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, while diocesan seminarians Read More ››
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 Read More ››
DHAKA, Bangladesh (CNS) — Each human being is created in the image and likeness of God, yet so often people desecrate that image with violence as seen in the treatment of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority, Pope Francis said.
“Today, the presence of God is also called ‘Rohingya,'” the Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
Are we as divided and troubled a nation as many commentators and polls seem to suggest?
Perhaps, though I certainly hope and pray not. When crisis or disaster strike, we as Americans seem to rapidly regain our common ground and overlook our differences. Our task is to Read More ››
NEWTOWN—Bishop Frank Caggiano celebrated Thanksgiving a few days early at St. Rose of Lima School.
His visit centered around the celebration of Mass, where he spoke to the children about the first Thanksgiving.
The bishop told the children that the historic moment of the first Thanksgiving teaches us Read More ››
WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), offers a Thanksgiving Day message to the nation with special gratitude for the gift of immigrants and refugees.
Full statement follows:
“As we do every year, we will pause Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
FAIRFIELD – Sacred Heart University will host a variety of events in November and December to celebrate the 2017 holiday season. The programs range from beautifully arranged instrumental and choral concerts to Broadway musical medleys. There is sure to be something for everyone during SHU’s holiday Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In these waning days of Autumn, many of us are taking the time for garden clean-up, and other household projects to put things away and get ready for winter. In this Facebook post, Bishop Frank Caggiano writes about “winterizing” his Brooklyn family home and discovering a Read More ››
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 Read More ››
BALTIMORE (CNS) — A growing number of texts, not only in English and Spanish but in other languages, and the rise of digital technology are hampering the effectiveness of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee on the Catechism, said its chairman, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
The Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—When he was 15, Fr. Rolando Torres met a young woman who was in the same Catholic youth movement in Puerto Rico. Years later, in desperation, she emailed the now pastor of St. Mary Church in Bridgeport and asked for help. She and her husband and Read More ››
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.
Cardinal Parolin responded Read More ››
Christmas came early to Choir for Youth (C4Y) members this weekend! The Diocesan Youth Choir spent Friday and Saturday filming a TV Christmas Concert, which will air on Shalom World TV on Christmas Day.
“Filming with the Shalom TV crew has been a beautiful opportunity for the Read More ››