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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 Read More ››

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 ››

Parishes Take “Ignatian Parish Pilgrimage” Sponsored by Fairfield University Center for Ignatian Spirituality

|   Betsy Redgate, St. James Parish
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STRATFORD—From its inception, parish outreach has been one of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality’s primary goals. Bishop Frank Caggiano, welcomed and encouraged the idea of sharing Ignatian spirituality with the people of the Bridgeport diocese, and so the Ignatian Parish Pilgrimage was initiated.

The program consists of Read More ››

Changing landscape requires mutual accompaniment, Convocation hears

ORLANDO, FL—The U.S. Catholic Church’s increasing diversity presents Catholics with the opportunity to accompany each other on the journey of faith Pope Francis envisions, a Boston College professor told delegates to the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America” in Orlando.

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Joy, a sign of God’s Presence, is what Church needs, Cardinal Dolan says

ORLANDO, FL—Catholic leaders attending the opening Mass of the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of The Gospel in America” were urged to reflect joy—a sign of God’s presence—and not exclusively focus on the world’s problems.

“A big part of the reason behind this promising convocation, folks, Read More ››

Service and Sharing with the Navajo

|   By Gabriela Baghdady | Appeared in June 2017 FCC
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Desert landscapes, distant mountains, ancient rock formations—these are the sights that characterized the winter break of my senior year in high school. Thanks to a unique service opportunity offered by the campus ministry at my school, Lauralton Hall, I was able to discover a place unlike Read More ››

Sacred Heart University Celebrates its 51st Commencement

FAIRFIELD—More than 2,000 Sacred Heart University students embarked upon a new journey this weekend after receiving diplomas and words of advice and motivation from religious leaders, scholars and classmates.

President John J. Petillo addressed undergraduate students on Sunday. “Today is indeed your day. These past few years Read More ››