BRIDGEPORT — When she was hired as a physical education teacher at Cathedral High School, Jo-Anne Jakab considered it a good “start up” job.
Forty-three years later, Jakab, principal and president of what is now Kolbe Cathedral High School, is ready to move on. Sort of.
At the Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT– “The Right Stuff is the Never Give Up Stuff” proclaimed the sign above Astronaut Leland Melvin as he stood before the middle school students of the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport on May 22.
“If you believe in yourself you can do anything,” Melvin told the middle Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Ruben and Grace Rodriguez are the recipients of the Horizons at Sacred Heart University program’s first-ever Horizons Leadership Award. The award was bestowed at the program’s second annual gala on April 22 at the Frank and Marisa Martire Business and Communications Center at SHU.
In accepting the Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano presided over the installation of nine new Deans at the Chrism Mass held during Holy Week.
The new Deanery model replaces the former Vicariate structure related to the territorial organization of the diocese. The deaneries are designed to assist the bishop and priests Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Like parish priests throughout Italy do during the Easter season, Pope Francis spent an afternoon May 19 going door to door and blessing homes.
Continuing the “Mercy Friday” visits he began during the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis chose a public housing complex in Ostia, a Read More ››
“To build up the person of Christ in each man who comes here is the mission of this house; to clarify in his mind and in the mind of the Church whether the Lord is calling him to be a priest,” says Father Paul Check, rector Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— Writer and youth minister Kevin Dowd said Millennials are “a generation of brokenness,” who also represent the “the highest population of devout Christians than in the past three generations.”
Speaking to more than 100 directors or religious education (DRE’s) at an end of Read More ››
STAMFORD — Rhodes College Singers will perform in concert at The Church of the Holy Spirit Stamford on Thursday May 25, 2017 at 7:00PM. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public.
“We are most blessed and privileged to have this elite group sing Read More ››
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 ››
FATIMA, Portugal (CNS)—Standing before the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Pope Francis canonized two shepherd children who saw Mary at Fatima, but more importantly, he said, they heeded the call to pray for sinners and trust in the Lord.
“We declare and define Blessed Francisco Read More ››
FATIMA, Portugal (CNS)—Mary’s example of believing and following Jesus is what matters most; she cannot be some image “of our own making” who Christians barter with for mercy, Pope Francis said.
On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, the pope asked Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—The Saint Emery Festival Choir, led by Music Director Anthony Procaccini, welcomes guest artist tenor Matthew Surapine as part of its Guest Artist series on Sunday May 21 at the 9:00am Mass.
Choral selections will include Kyrie by Dana Mengel, while Mr. Surapine will sing To the Read More ››
NORWALK—Malta House, Inc., a home for pregnant and parenting mothers and their children, announces the hiring of Carey Dougherty as their new Director of Development and Strategy. The role was created to leverage partnerships and funding opportunities in the community, with an aim to expand Read More ››
The Society of the Sacred Heart is an order of Catholic nuns created in 1800 by St. Madeleine Sophie Barat. It has more than 2,500 members around the world who dedicate themselves to teaching Catholic education.
It wasn’t this rich history or this particular line of work Read More ››
FAIRFIELD, Conn.—The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, bishop of Bridgeport, will deliver the commencement address at Sacred Heart University’s 51st undergraduate commencement exercises on Sunday, May 14, at 10:00am He will receive an honorary Doctor of Theology degree.
The University’s Graduate Commencement will take place on Saturday, Read More ››
TRUMBULL—Delegates expressed a sense of gratitude, personal transformation and ongoing commitment to the renewal of the diocese at the final post-synod session held at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Trumbull.
More than 100 delegates to Synod 2014 returned to the family center at St. Catherine’s to Read More ››
NEW CANAAN—“We are a community of faith and a family here at St. Aloysius and it is with care and concern for our young people that we reach out to you today,” said Fr. Robert Kinnally, diocesan Chancellor and pastor of St. Aloysius Parish.
Fr. Kinnally and Read More ››
NORWALK—“We come to celebrate retirements, but no one retires from offering their life to Christ,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said at the First Annual Clergy Retirement Celebration Mass at St. Matthew Church.
Gesturing to the retired priests and deacons who surrounded him on the altar, the bishop Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS)—While searching for a connection today often means looking for Wi-Fi, Pope Francis said real connections between people are the only hope for the future.
“How wonderful would it be if the growth of scientific and technological innovation would come along with more equality and Read More ››
NORWALK–Bishop Frank J. Caggiano invites you to join him in honoring all recently retired priests and deacons in the first Annual Clergy Retirement Celebration Mass set for Wednesday, April 26, 7 pm at St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Avenue in Norwalk.
The Mass will honor all priests Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— Sunday will be a joyful and faith-filled day at St. Augustine Cathedral as Bishop Frank J. Caggiano serves as the Main Celebrate for Divine Mercy Sunday. The Mass will begin at 2:30 and be followed by a light reception in the Kolbe Cathedral High School Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—During Easter Vigil at the Vatican Pope Francis noted that many people today mirror the sadness and grief of the women who went to Jesus’ tomb thinking he was still dead.
However, the Resurrection, he said, offers new hope for those who have perhaps lost it.
“That Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Today we walked in the footsteps of our Lord. We walked through the streets of Bridgeport proclaiming that our faith is alive in our hearts,” Bishop Frank Caggiano said in the parking lot of Our Lady of Fatima Church after the enactment of the 14th Station Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— Parishes throughout the Diocese will observe Good Friday today with processions, Stations of the Cross, and the Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion. Thousands are expect to join in processions in Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury and Stamford to commemorate the Lord’s Passion and prepare for Easter. Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a gesture of service toward marginalized people, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 inmates, including three women and a man who is converting from Islam to Catholicism.
Although in Jesus’ time, washing the feet of one’s guests was performed by slaves, Read More ››
Exploring innovative ways to deepen the experience of Holy Week led St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull to offer parishioners two events, one reviving a time-honored tradition and the other an emotional journey into the Passion.
On Holy Thursday, April 13, parishioners are invited to join Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT– Bishop Caggiano urged his brother priests to grow in “fraternity and unity” as they minister to an increasingly divided and polarized world, at the Chrism Mass held this afternoon at St. Augustine Cathedral.
Hundreds filled the Cathedral for the mid-afternoon liturgy, where the Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Jesus does not ask that people only contemplate his image, but that they also recognize and love him concretely in all people who suffer like he did, Pope Francis said.
Jesus is “present in our many brothers and sisters who today endure sufferings Read More ››
Danbury, CT – With thousands of career choices, students can be overwhelmed at a time when they are often asked “what do you want to be when you grow up?” To help, Immaculate High School (IHS) held its annual Career Day recently and invited IHS Read More ››
Trumbull CT – April 5, 2017. Living their faith through service to others is important to the students of Saint Catherine of Siena School, and they share their gifts and talents willingly.
Today, the 7th and 8th grade school students are playing an important part in Palm Read More ››
NORWALK– In a long standing council tradition, Knights of Columbus Thomas J. Finn Council No. 46 honored Altar servers from 6 parishes in the Greater Norwalk area at the St. Ann Club Banquet facility on March 23rd.
One hundred twenty Altar Servers from St. Mary, St. Philip, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Office of Faith Formation will sponsor and End of the Year Gathering for Directors and Coordinators of Religious on Thursday, May 18, 8:30 am to 1:45 pm at the Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport.
“Connecting this Generation with the Eucharist as Source and Summit” is Read More ››
NORWALK—The 600-seat auditorium at All Saints Catholic School was sold out as the cast of the school’s Drama Club performed “Annie Jr.” to capacity crowds on Friday night, March 31, and Saturday afternoon, April 1.
Sophie O’Hara, an All Saints 7th grader, captivated the audience in the Read More ››
World War I, fought from 1914-1918, was the modern world’s first international conflict, and its impact was felt for generations. The Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven opens an exhibition April 6, 2017, commemorating WWI, often referred to as the “Great War.”
Few people were left Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— More than 150 young people throughout the Diocese will participate in the “Service at the Shrine” Spring clean-up for St Margaret’s Shrine this Sunday April 2, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
The Shrine has been the recipient of two previous Catholic Service Corps service projects.
“It is Read More ››
Sacred Heart University (SHU) and St. Vincent’s College (SVC) have agreed to enter into a management agreement that will merge valuable resources of two of the region’s longstanding venerable learning institutions. This agreement, mutually beneficial to both, will support the goal of increasing academic excellence and Read More ››
FAIRFIELD — Don’t stop trying to change the world, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano told Sacred Heart University Students tonight in the first Bergoglio Lecture in honor of Pope Francis.
But he quickly added that if they can’t take on the big structural issues, the best way to Read More ››
DANBURY– One of the biggest problems facing doctors today comes “when the sense of awe wears off,” Fr. Myles Sheehan, Jesuit priest and physician said at the 24th White Mass Breakfast for healthcare professionals at Ridgewood Country Club.
The Dartmouth Medical School graduate and Harvard trained physician Read More ››
MILFORD—After conducting an extensive nationwide search, the Lauralton Hall Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Miller as the next President and Head of the college-prep, all girls’ school in Milford.
Miller succeeds Dr. Antoinette Iadarola, who will retire at the end of Read More ››
NEW CANAAN—St. Aloysius School students Kaloyan Dimitrov and Andrew Tully of Norwalk and Alex Lanzillotti of Stamford won First Place for seventh-grade teams in the Physical Science Division at the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair, held at Quinnipiac University from March 14-18.
Competing with over 600 students, Read More ››
TRUMBULL– On Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 2:30pm at St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull, Bishop Caggiano will be celebrating the 2017 Wedding Jubilee Mass. This Mass is for couples celebrating 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 plus year wedding anniversaries.
This will be the only Wedding Read More ››
During Lent we take up many spiritual practices to renew us and help us to refocus. Lent also challenges us to enter more deeply into the mystery of God.
You are invited to step away from the routine of the day. and spend some time reflecting on Read More ››
Trumbull—Erin Welch was recently named Miss Shamrock 2017 for the Greater Bridgeport St Patrick’s Day Parade. Contestants were evaluated based on numerous essays on Irish history, culture and tradition and were interviewed by a panel of judges. Mr. and Miss Shamrock as well as their runner-ups Read More ››
Tom Burns, Director of Admissions for Immaculate High School in Danbury, CT, recently received the prestigious William A. MacNeill Award from the Association of Catholic Admissions and Advancement Professionals (ACAAP) of New England. The honor was presented to him at the 2017 ACAAP Recognition Awards ceremony Read More ››
ARMAGH, Northern Ireland (CNS)—The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland has urged Irish people and those of Irish descent celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to remember the plight of migrants.
Archbishop Eamon Martin—St. Patrick’s modern-day successor as archbishop of Armagh—used his message for the March 17 feast Read More ››
Fairfield University will kick off its 75th Anniversary celebration on its official birthday, March 17, 2017.
On St. Patrick’s Day, 1942, with the backdrop of World War II, Rev. John J. McEleney, S.J. and six of his Jesuit brothers created the articles of association and by-laws for Read More ››
DANBURY — Knights of Columbus McGivney Council #29 in Danbury held its Seventh Annual Regional Catholic Geography Bee on Saturday, March 11, with 28 students in grades 4 through 8 representing 11 Catholic schools in southwestern Connecticut.
(All Saints Catholic School in Norwalk, Our Lady of Fatima Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— Physician and priest Fr. Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, MD, will be the featured speaker at the 24nd annual White Mass breakfast set for Sunday, March 26, at 9:00am at St. Peter Church, 104 Main Street in Danbury.
“Pope Francis’ vision of the Church as a Field Read More ››
FAIRFIELD— Sister Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, former Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport, was presented the CAPP “Educator of the Year Award” at the 9th Annual CAPP Communion Breakfast held at Sacred Heart University this morning.
“No one exemplifies the leadership that Catholic educators Read More ››
Notre Dame High School will be celebrating our 60th Anniversary (click this story to watch the video) on March 11 at Sacred Heart University. As the first Diocesan high school, this is a very exciting and special time for our school. The 60th Anniversary Celebration is Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS, Carol Glatz) — Given the ongoing crises in the Middle East, North American, European and other Western nations will need to be more generous in coming to the aid of refugees and displaced peoples, said two prominent church leaders.
The answer is continued assistance, Read More ››
“The true meaning of election is there is only one vote: you say ‘Yes’ to God,” Bishop Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said to the nearly 400 candidates and catechumens preparing to enter the Catholic Church at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion this Read More ››
The Diocese of Bridgeport has launched an online youth survey, www.TellBishopFrank.org, to better understand and meet the spiritual needs of young people and engage them in the Church.
The survey and other youth initiatives were announced this morning at the Catholic Center during a meeting of about Read More ››
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will lead the Celebration of the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion on Sunday March 5, 3:00pm at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Fairfield.
The service for those preparing to enter the Catholic Church is traditionally held on the first Sunday Read More ››
Sister Mary Grace Walsh, Provost for Education, Evangelization, and Catechesis of the Archdiocese of Hartford, and former Superintendent of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Bridgeport will be presented the Educator of the Year Award at Sacred Heart University’s Ninth Educators’ Communion Breakfast on Sunday, March Read More ››
If you think that soup kitchens are just about feeding the working poor and homeless, take a look at the latest New Covenant Center Email Newsletter. The Stamford-based center is a lively and generous community with people from all walks of life helping out!
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Elise Fedele closed her eyes as one stripe and then a second formed a cross of ashes on her forehead. But instead of standing near the altar at church, Fedele was flanked by work stations with shears and swivel chairs on Ash Wednesday, the start of the Read More ››
ROME—Lent is a time to receive God’s breath of life, a breath that saves humanity from suffocating under the weight of selfishness, indifference and piety devoid of sincerity, Pope Francis said.
“Lent is the time to say no to the asphyxia born of relationships that exclude, that Read More ››
WESTPORT— Members of the newly formed Catholic Service Corps (CSC) were back in action yesterday to help out Al’s Angels with their Holiday Meal Assembly as part of their Christmas food basket preparations.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano stopped by to thank members of the Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT (September 23, 2016)—Michelle Smith has been named coordinator of the new Catholic Service Corps (CSC), a synod initiative created in response to the call for service and the need to engage youth in faith and good works.
“Michelle’s experiences as a religious education teacher, events planner, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Today is an historic day in our Diocese with the inauguration of the Catholic Service Corps,” said Bishop Frank Caggiano in his Facebook entry last Saturday.
The bishop was excited by the launch of the first Diocesan Day of Service sponsored by the newly formed Catholic Service Read More ››
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
June 15, 2016
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is with deep regret that I must inform you that I have placed Reverend John Stronkowski on administrative leave and have removed his faculties to exercise any and all forms of public ministry as a Read More ››
DANBURY—The Knights of Columbus McGivney Council #29 in Danbury held its Sixth Annual Regional Catholic Geography Bee on March 12, with 26 students in grades 5 through 8 representing ten schools (Our Lady of Fatima in Wilton, St. Mary in Ridgefield, St. Joseph in Danbury, St. Read More ››
In addition to establishing the Centers of Mercy throughout the diocese, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has announced a list of dates on which he will lead the diocesan observances of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy:
Diocesan celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday April 3, at 2 pm Read More ››
DANBURY—Knights of Columbus McGivney Council #29 in Danbury held its Fifth Annual Regional Catholic Geography Bee on March 28, with 19 students representing eight schools (Our Lady of Fatima in Wilton, St. Mary in Ridgefield, St. Joseph in Danbury, St. Peter in Danbury, St. Gregory the Read More ››
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (the “Charter”) requires, the Diocese of Bridgeport is re-promulgating its list of credibly accused clergy.
This list is published both ensure the ongoing protection of our Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has Named Judge Mary. K. Huffman of Centerville, Ohio; Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald J. Schmid of Granger, Indiana, and Marriage and Family Therapist Nelle Moriarty of Rochester, Minnesota to four-year terms Read More ››
DANBURY—Knights of Columbus McGivney Council #29 held its fourth annual Regional Catholic Geography Bee on March 15 at St. Joseph School in Danbury.
Thirteen fifth through eighth-graders from five parochial schools in the northern portion of the Diocese of Bridgeport participated.
Colman Tokar (center), a sixth-grader at St. Read More ››
DANBURY—The Knights of Columbus McGivney Council #29 in Danbury held its third annual Catholic Geography Bee March 9 at St. Joseph School in Danbury.
Fifteen fourth through eighth graders from six parochial schools in the northern portion of the Diocese of Bridgeport answered questions about world, the Read More ››
DANBURY—Six schools from the greater Danbury area sent contestants to the Knights of Columbus Catholic Geography Bee, held March 3 at St. Joseph School in Danbury.
Contestants from fourth through eighth grades answered questions about world, U.S., and Connecticut geography, including Catholic content. Freddy(Frederick) Rio, a seventh-grade Read More ››