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Join the “Great Turkey Giveaway” at NCH

|   A message from John Gutman, Executive Director of New Covenant Center in Stamford
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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 Read More ››

Bishop Caggiano Reflects on the Challenge of Sitting in Silence and Solitude

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 ››

Survivors of Clerical Sexual Abuse Share Their Stories in Two Powerful Videos

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

Faithful Fill Bridgeport’s Streets for ‘Lord of Miracles’ Procession By Bill Cummings

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 ››

Faithful Turn Out in Large Numbers for Diocesan Pilgrimage

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 ››

Parish and School Administrative Staff Explore How to Become “The Welcoming Face of Christ”

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 ››

Immaculate Dedicates New Front Walkway

|   Special celebration for Golden Mustangs and first principal, Msgr. John Hossan
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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 ››

More than 1,500 Expected to Make Diocesan Pilgrimage to Washington, D. C. this Weekend

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 ››

The Courage to Speak!

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

Ground Zero: Memories From Priests Who Went to Battle on 9/11

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 ››

KeyBank Foundation Donates $15,000 to Support Foundations in Education

|   Money will be used to offset the cost of tuition for Fairfield County students
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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 ››

USCCB President, Vice President And Committee Chairmen Denounce Administration’s Decision To End DACA

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 ››

Bishops’ Annual Labor Day Statement Scores ‘Excessive Inequality’

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 ››

Students Get a Jump Start on School Year

|   Catholic Academy of Bridgeport offers dynamic summer enrichment program | View Gallery
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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

Bishops Ask for Peace After White Nationalist Rally Turns Deadly

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 ››

Pope Calls for Attention to Environment

|   Pope Francis asks that "everyone discover the beauty of creation"
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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 ››

SHU’s Living Shoreline Project Selected for Funding by Federal Coastal Resilience Grant Program

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 ››