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 Read More ››
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WASHINGTON (CNS) – The U.S. Catholic Church stands “in unity” with the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and the larger community after a shooting during Sunday services took the lives of at least 26 people and injured at least 20 others.
Those who died ranged Read More ››
NORWALK—St. Mary’s Church and the St. Cecilia Society are delighted to announce a concert devoted to the music of Franz Schubert (1797–1828) on Sunday, November 5 at St. Mary’s Church, 669 West Avenue in Norwalk Playfully titled “A Schubertiade,”.
This event will feature the acclaimed St. Read More ››
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 Read More ››
CROMWELL– The Saint John Paul II Bioethics Center is pleased to announce that Paul W. Hruz, MD, PhD will deliver the 2017 Saint John Paul II Bioethics Lecture at Holy Apostles on November 17, 2017 at 6:00pm, 33 Prospect Hill Road in Cromwell.
The lecture is free, Read More ››
TRUMBULL—All Souls Day Masses will be celebrated on November 2 at 11 am at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Trumbull and St. John-St. Mary Cemetery in Norwalk.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will celebrate the outdoor Mass at St. John-St. Mary Cemetery, 223 Richards Avenue in Norwalk.
At the Read More ››
NORWALK, Conn. – Good Counsel Malta House, a Norwalk organization that helps pregnant and parenting mothers, has a familiar work crew to help spruce the home!
Volunteers from St. Matthew’s Church Knights of Columbus Council No. 14360 painted and office and the dining room area on Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Perhaps it took a rainstorm and a powerful liturgy to wash away some of the deepest anguish over sexual abuse in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
It also took the authentic and soul-baring testimony of victims of sexual abuse and a direct and deeply truthful homily by Bishop Read More ››
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
NORWALK— There is an urgent need to re-imagine the way the Church passes on the faith to young people and engages others in lifelong faith formation Bishop Frank Caggiano said to more than 200 catechists who gathered at All Saints School auditorium this morning.
In a remarkable Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT — The Saint Margaret Shrine, a peaceful outdoor retreat for the Roman Catholic faithful, will be celebrating its 75th anniversary during its Sunday Mass on October 29.
The Mass, which will begin at 11 am, will be celebrated by Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, bishop of Read More ››
BRISTOL—“I have come to give you a call to arms different from any other call in the world,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano told 550 men at the Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference on Saturday. “You must surrender to Jesus Christ and fearlessly give witness to him in Read More ››
Under a cloudless sky on Oct. 20, 2017, representatives from universities around the country joined Fairfield faculty and members of the community in celebrating the investiture ceremony
Calling on Fairfield to “remain relevant” to the demands of the modern world and to embrace the “opportunity to be Read More ››
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 Read More ››
TRUMBULL—Dr. William Fitzgerald, head of St. Joseph High School, tells the story about his daughter’s search to find the right career.
In the fifth grade, parents came to her class and talked about what they did for a living, so she decided to be a lawyer.
In high Read More ››
STRATFORD– More than 100 people attended a Public Rosary yesterday at the Gazebo at Paradise Green, Stratford, Ct in celebration of the 100th year of Fatima.
The noon-time gathering to pray the Rosary was in affiliation with America Needs Fatima Public Square Rosary Crusade.
There were about 21,500 Read More ››
TRUMBULL—George Weigel, New York Times bestselling author and St. John Paul II’s biographer and personal friend, will visit the parish of St. Catherine of Siena for a talk and book signing on Saturday, October 21.
The event will take place in the McClinch Family Center at St. Read More ››
The “Miracle of the Sun,” witnessed by thousands of Portuguese pilgrims Oct. 13, 1917, at Fatima, capped an amazing six months in which the Blessed Mother appeared to three simple shepherd children and imparted her wisdom that would draw the world closer to her Son and Read More ››
TRUMBULL— “Suffering that is not transformed is transmitted,” Sister Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, said several times last night in her reflection on “Decisive Encounter.”
In a powerful and deeply personal talk to inaugurate the new Bishop’s Lecture Series sponsored by the diocesan Leadership Institute, Sister Miriam said Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— On October 6, we celebrated the feast of Saint Bruno, the founder of the Carthusian religious order. Following Saint Bruno’s example, Carthusian monks and nuns live in a monastic setting, devoting their lives to contemplation, silence and solitude. Their ministry is one of prayer and Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese unveiled the new Strategic Plan for Catholic Schools today in a meeting attended by 100 school board members, pastors, principals and other educators.
“This is a gigantic leap forward and an historic afternoon in the life of our schools,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, adding Read More ››
GREENWICH—Greenwich Catholic School welcomed nationally acclaimed author Alan Gratz to campus on October 3 to speak with students in grades 5 through 8. Gratz has written numerous novels for young readers. His first published book, Samurai Shortstop, was chosen as one of the ALA’s Top Ten Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Caggiano issued a clarion call to Catholics to evangelize by living in joy and adopting new forms of catechesis and community that help people encounter Christ in the 21st century.
The bishop delivered the morning keynote at the “People of Joy” Formation Day held this morning Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT — Between 1860 and 1930, scores of Roman Catholic churches and cathedrals went up in the city, and many, like Saints Cyril and Methodius, St. Patrick’s, St. Augustine’s and St. Michael the Archangel, are strikingly beautiful.
The Church of the Blessed Sacrament, with its simple lines, Read More ››
Calling all Men!!! Bill Lavin to deliver a talk on Making a Difference as a Man of Faith at St. Rose Parish in Newtown on Sunday, October 15th at 6:15 (doors open at 5:45).
Bill is a retired firefighter and former President of the NJ Firefighters Mutual Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In support of the upcoming Healing Mass and the ongoing work of healing in the diocese, members of The Committee for Healing have participated in a video project produced at Sacred Heart University in association with the Safe Environments Office of the Diocese of Bridgeport.
The videos Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—A group of Catholic sisters, dressed in purple robes and holding sliver incense burners, slowly walked backward and wafted smoke toward a big, rectangular platform covered with revered icons and images of Christ.
A cadre of 30 or so bearers—also wearing purple robes—balanced the platform on their Read More ››
WASHINGTON, D.C.—“We come here 1,500 strong,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said to diocesan pilgrims who gathered around him for the dedication of the new Rosary Walk and Garden outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
The bishop’s final words capped another extraordinary moment Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Speed and familiarity” often get in the way of effective service and ministry, speaker and author Mike Patin said at the Catholic Center this morning.
Speaking to more than 100 parish and school administrative staff as part of a special Formation Day and workshop, Patin said it’s Read More ››
DANBURY—In its 52 years of existence, Immaculate High School (IHS) has seen thousands of students walk through its doors and, once alumni, they love to support the school they feel is family to them.
Last spring the alumni, several who now teach and work at Immaculate High Read More ››
DARIEN—The girls’ volleyball teams from Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford and Staples High School in Westport played each other on September 15 at Darien High School.
While the competition was fierce, cooperation was in the air in the week leading up to the game. The Read More ››
MEXICO CITY (CNS) — A Catholic bishop and a Caritas worker in Mexico said the situation was extremely serious after the Sept. 19 earthquake, and much aid would be needed.”The situation is complicated, because the first earthquake (Sept. 7) had already affected thousands of people in Read More ››
Join us for an afternoon of music on Sunday, October 1 at 3:00PM featuring St. Thomas More tenor, David Guzman, as he brings us Art Songs from Latin-America. The program will feature selections from his latest CD recording (available at the concert), highlighting music from Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Thirty buses will leave from parishes and schools throughout Fairfield County this Saturday morning to take more than 1,500 faithful on the diocesan pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for a day of prayer and worship.
Many other Catholics of all ages across the Read More ››
RIVERSIDE— Bishop Frank J. Caggiano visited Msgr Alan F. Detscher and St. Catherine of Siena parishioners last weekend in Riverside for a “Ministries Fair” to expand awareness and increase support for various parish ministries.
Parishioners enjoyed the special visit of Bishop Frank Caggiano who celebrated Mass Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— Members of the Diocese are headed to Ethiopia and Lebanon! In conjunction with Catholic Relief Services and Turning Wine Into H2O, we are sending a Diocesan delegation to Ethiopia to observe and witness clean water projects throughout the country. Msgr Powers, along with four priests Read More ››
FAIRFIELD– The Courage to Speak Foundation Presentation Ginger and Larry Katz, Co-Founders of the Courage to Speak® Foundation will be speaking at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield on Thursday, October 19th at 6:30 PM in the Parish Hall.
The foundation was Read More ››
RIDGEFIELD – On Saturday morning on September 16, 2017, American Heritage Girls Troop CT6877 from St. Mary Parish in Ridgefield, CT celebrated the AHG National Day of Service by serving the clients at the St. Thomas Merton Center Soup Kitchen in Bridgeport, CT.
The hard-working young ladies Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— As the Diocese prepares for next week’s pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C next Saturday, September, 23, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano blesses the new “Pilgrimage Cross,” a replica of the World Youth Day Cross.
Diocesan staff gathered Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT– Have you ever wondered what it’s like for a priest to hear confessions? According to Fr. Sam Kachuba, it is both humbling and intimidating!
Watch as Father Sam, Pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Fairfield, shares his experience listening to confessions in this Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT–When Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the decision to end the DACA program, Bishop Frank Caggiano responded, “The Lord Jesus was very explicit in his call for disciples to welcome any brother or sister in need: “Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name, welcomes Read More ››
The following is a list of scheduled events for the St. Padre Pio Tridumm 2017.
Location: The Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, 279 Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT
Contact: 203-324-1553 ext 21
Thursday, September 21
Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Triduum of Prayers, Benediction in the Basilica
Homilist: Fr. Read More ››
Editor’s Note: This story was originally posted on Sept. 11, 2016. We pray for all victims, survivors, first responders and families impacted by 9/11. May they feel the comfort of God.
NEW YORK — “It started coming down on us.”
Fifteen years ago, Capt. Thomas Colucci led the Read More ››
In a solemn outdoor ceremony held on Saturday morning, September 9th on the beautiful grounds of Notre Dame Health & Rehabilitation Center in Norwalk, members of Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick 4th Degree Assembly were joined by their families as well as residents and staff of Read More ››
NORWALK— People in Houston and Florida and the Caribbean whose lives have been disrupted by hurricanes were very much on the mind of more than 400 people who filled St. Matthew Church for the 16th Annual Blue Mass today.
The Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Frank J. Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT–The Annual Diocesan Blue Mass honoring Fire, Police and First Responders will be held on Sunday, September 10, 12 Noon at St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk.
A reception immediately following Mass will be held in the Masterpool Great Room on the parish grounds. Read More ››
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Knights of Columbus has raised more than $1.3 million for victims of the disastrous flooding in Texas and in preparation to help those who may be in the path of Hurricane Irma.
The organization has taken a leadership role in assisting Read More ››
NORWALK– “Go Make a Difference,” an evening with Catholic songwriter and award-winning performer Steve Angrisano, will be held at St. Matthew Church in Norwalk on Sunday October 15, 7 pm. Admission is free to all throughout the diocese.
“Watching Steve share the Good News of Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—After nearly two years of construction, Sacred Heart University’s new Center for Healthcare Education is ready to open. Staff and faculty from the College of Health Professions and College of Nursing have moved into the state-of-the-art building, and students will begin their studies with the latest Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT – The Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport announced a donation of $15,000 by KeyBank Foundation, the nonprofit charitable foundation of KeyCorp, to the Foundations in Education, which provides scholarship assistance to students attending catholic schools in Fairfield County.
The Diocese of Bridgeport educates more than 9,000 students Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT– “I was profoundly saddened yesterday to learn of the decision rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, commonly known as DACA.
For the last few years, the DACA Program has protected over 800,000 young people from deportation, all of whom who were brought to the Read More ››
NEW YORK—The Sistine Chapel Choir in visiting NYC on September 16th and 17th.
There will be a concert in St. Patrick’s Cathedral on the evening of Sept 16th at 7pm, and the choir will sing at mass with Cardinal Dolan on Sunday at 10:30am Mass.
Fr. Mark Haydu, Read More ››
NEW YORK— In the audio link to SiriusXM’s Conversation with Cardinal Dolan, Cardinal Dolan weighs in on the president’s decision to end the DACA program, which protects immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. He gives some background on the program, how it’s benefited the Read More ››
WASHINGTON— The President and Vice President along with Chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have issued a statement denouncing the Administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after six months.
The following statement from USCCB President Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo Read More ››
NORWALK— A truck driven by St. Matthew pastor Msgr. Walter Orlowski is bound for Texas “loaded with prayer, love, support and supplies.”
Scores of St. Matthew parishioners volunteered over the weekend to help sort donations given from Catholic churches in the area to help out Hurricane Harvey Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS) — “Excessive inequality” threatens cooperation among all people in society “and the social pact it supports,” said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, in the U.S. bishops’ annual Labor Day statement. In the message, Bishop Dewane cited the words of Pope Francis, who told Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— In this “Face of Prayer” video, Bishop Caggiano issues a back to school challenge to young people: “Make time for prayer!”
With the unstructured time of Summer coming to an end, the Bishop tells them they should “Choose now” to make prayer a part of their Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Environmental destruction is a sign of a “morally decaying scenario” in which too many people ignore or deny that, from the beginning, “God intended humanity to cooperate in the preservation and protection of the natural environment,” said the leaders of the Catholic Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis offered his prayers for the people of Texas and Louisiana struggling to cope with the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey and he praised all those engaged in rescuing and caring for the thousands of people forced out of their homes.
In Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— Father Louis Pintye, O.F.M., Pastor of St. Emery Parish in Fairfield ’s for 13 years from 1998 to 2011 passed into eternal life on August 20, 2017 at Mount Alverna Friary-Shrine of Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted in Youngstown, Ohio, after a lengthy illness.
Dear Colleagues in Ministry,
As we begin this new school year I just want to take a moment to thank all of you for the work you do for the young people who attend our Catholic Schools. Each day, I am inspired by the work you do, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— In this video Bishop Caggiano reminds us that a final prayer before going to sleep is a good way to examine our consciences and be reminded of God’s forgiveness and love for us. The bishop reminds us that evening prayer is an opportunity for us Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—What do you get when you combine an engaging math and language arts program with live animals, an ice cream truck and an 80-foot, three-masted sharpie schooner? One memorable and meaningful summer enrichment program which at the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport is called “Jump Start.”
Thanks to Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—People throughout the diocese are responding to Bishop Frank Caggiano’s call to join him in a diocesan pilgrimage to Washington D. C. on September 23.
As of today, the diocese has reserved more than 15 buses for the special, one-day pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The bishop from the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Virginia called for peace following violence in Charlottesville late on Aug. 11 and subsequent events at the University of Virginia that left at least one person dead after a car plowed into a crowd on Read More ››
Of all of the headliners billed for last month’s World Youth Day Unite in Washington, D.C., I was guessing that the two musicians — Audrey Assad and Tony Melendez — were the biggest draw for the young pilgrims who traveled to the St. John Paul II Read More ››
NORWALK—Msgr. Joseph Kohut died on August 5 at Notre Dame Convalescent Home in Norwalk. He was 98 years old.
Joseph John Kohut was born on December 12, 1918 in Peekskill N.Y. After graduating high school he was employed as a stenographer at Standard Brands, Inc., and at Read More ››
NORWALK— Religious and government leaders urged comprehensive immigration reform this evening at St. Jerome Church, and said it was time for good people to speak out against policies that are needlessly dividing families.
More than 300 gathered for the early evening vigil in support of Jung Courville, Read More ››
Teens from Christ the King Parish in Trumbull spilled onto the grounds of Vikingsborg, the guest house of the Sisters of St. Birgitta in Darien. They were there for a June picnic to wrap up the year’s youth group activities.
“We could see the water right away,” Read More ››
Pope Francis’s prayer intention for the month of August is “That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.” This action from the pope is the latest in a long history of Catholic Church teaching on environmental protection, and Read More ››
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano addressed more than 1,300 young adults from across the country on July 22 for World Youth Day Unite. He and Bishop-designate Nelson Perez of the Diocese of Cleveland, were the keynote speakers at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Read More ››
Before I became the social media leader for the Diocese of Bridgeport, none of my friends were Roman Catholic.
When I share that with my co-workers in ministry, they are often upset, but not necessarily surprised. For years now, we’ve heard the narrative that people are leaving Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Diocesan youth groups gathered yesterday morning at St St. Pius X Church in Fairfield to depart for the regional high school conference, Steubenville NYC, hosted by Franciscan University of Steubenville and Life Teen.
Teens from St. Pius X, St. Jude Parish in Monroe, and St. Peter’s Parish Read More ››
PORTLAND, MAINE — Seventeen seminarians from the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT, are spending the week in Maine serving those in need.
“I’m really excited. Mission work is a great opportunity to put your faith into action,” said André Escaleira. “It’s an opportunity to be the hands and Read More ››
A multi-state project, including a research team from the Biology Department at Sacred Heart University (SHU), was selected for funding to monitor, evaluate and provide recommendations for the design and placement of living shorelines or nature-based infrastructure as part of a $1 million 2017 National Oceanic Read More ››