The Diocese of Bridgeport is pleased to announce that Foundations in Faith is growing both the board of directors and its staff. With the new year, Foundations in Faith has hired Kelly Weldon as the assistant to the chairperson. Foundations in Faith, the successor to Faith Read More ››
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BRIDGEPORT—Reverend Monsignor Ernest T. Esposito died on January 15, 2019 after a brief illness. He was 83 years of age.
“Monsignor Esposito will be remembered as a man who truly enjoyed his life as a priest and shared that joy and good spirit with all whom he Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—God the Father will always be there for his beloved children, Pope Francis said Wednesday, with a reminder that the unconditional love of God is not limited by our own sense of guilt or unworthiness.
“God is looking for you, even if you do not seek Read More ››
NORWALK—On January 1, 2019 after all Masses, St. Matthew parishioners returned with their original framed Sacred Heart of Jesus (SHJ) pictures. They came to have them blessed and to renew the consecration of their families and themselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The first consecration to Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Lorraine Gibbons grew up in a poor family with six kids who slept in one bedroom. Her mother Beulah didn’t have a high school diploma, and her father Owen was a tailor, who learned the trade from his uncle. Many nights, long after the children had Read More ››
About Catholic Schools
Diocese of Bridgeport Catholic Schools are led by highly skilled professionals. The Office of the Read More ››
STAMFORD—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has announced a new governance model for Stamford’s Trinity Catholic High School, aligning its governance with that of the Catholic Academy of Stamford. The announcement was made on January 9 in front of an interested audience of nearly two hundred parents and Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Leadership Institute of the Diocese of Bridgeport has announced a series of 45 “Face-to-Face Formation” workshops, which will be held throughout the diocese in the coming months for all lay liturgical ministers readers, musicians, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion as part of the introduction Read More ››
Msgr. John Sanders died January 6, 2019 (Feast of the Epiphany).
John Sanders was always known as the priest who played with the Duke Ellington Band. His relationship with Duke Ellington went much deeper than that.
Here are some words Duke Ellington wrote about John Sanders: “John Sanders Read More ››
STAMFORD—Gov.-elect Ned Lamont traveled across Connecticut Sunday to bring attention to nonprofits that help those in need.
Lamont’s first stop was at the New Covenant Center in Stamford. Lamont and Lt. Gov.-Elect Susan Bysiewicz kicked off their morning learning about the center’s mission, services and needs.
Then they Read More ››
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Bishops have received a letter from Pope Francis as they gather in northern Illinois at Mundelein Seminary this week. The weeklong retreat is taking place at the invitation of Pope Francis who has asked all bishops in the United States to pause in prayer Read More ››
NEW CANAAN—St. Aloysius Knights of Columbus, Confirmation students, and teens from the youth group collected and delivered bags of groceries to the New Canaan Food Pantry.
St. Aloysius has a mission of engaging high school teens in service to their brothers and sisters in need.
St. Aloysius youth Read More ››
DANBURY—“We were glad that our neighboring families and their friends were able to join us in celebrating the wonderful joys of the Christmas season,” said president of Immaculate High School, Mary Maloney, of the “A Very Immaculate Christmas!” concert and tree lighting which took place on Sunday, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—It seems few things inspire the Christmas spirit more than the joyful music of the season, especially when it is performed by young people eager to share their faith through song. One such special group is the Diocesan Youth Choir (C4Y) which is preparing for their Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano today announced that Dr. Eleanor W. Sauers has been appointed Parish Life Coordinator of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fairfield and will oversee the daily administration of the parish while a team of priests will fulfill its sacramental needs.
Dr. Sauers, who Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Reverend Carducci D’Amico, born on November 1, 1935, returned to his Heavenly Father on Friday, November 23, 2018 in Cercemaggiore, in the province of Campobasso. Italy.
“Many in the Bridgeport area fondly remember Fr. D’Amico for his energy, vision and commitment to the renewal of St. Margaret Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—For 102 years, Catholic Charities of Fairfield County (CCFC) has provided services for expectant parents and adoptive families. Over the last century the program’s core focus has remained the same: to help those who choose to build their family through adoption, and to help the expectant Read More ››
CONNECTICUT—It should come as no surprise to any married or engaged couples reading this, but we’ll say it anyway: Preparing for marriage is hard work.
It’s exhilarating to imagine a new life with your best friend, but the milestones en route, such as planning a wedding, figuring Read More ››
NORWALK—The seminarians of St. John Fisher Seminary cordially invite you to their service of Advent Lessons & Carols on Sunday, December 2, 3 pm at Saint Mary Church, 669 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850.
Bring your family & friends to prepare in your hearts a home for Our Read More ››
My Brothers and Sisters in the Lord:
In my letter of September 7, 2018, I announced the urgent need for administrative action with regards to the current crisis in the Church. Several initiatives have already begun and additional initiatives are planned. I am pleased to take this Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Fairfield University’s Office of Alumni Relations and Student Alumni Association are once again hosting the Teddy Bears with Love Drive, and are accepting stuffed animal donations through Friday, December 7. Celebrating the program’s 20thyear, Fairfield University is inviting the community to make this year’s drive the most successful yet Read More ››
STAMFORD—All was quiet in St. Leo’s Church Wednesday afternoon, except in the kitchen, as the clamor of meals being prepared and the smell of roasting turkey wafted out into the halls.
Four glistening, brown turkeys sat in tin foil pans, covered in a healthy layer of seasoning. Read More ››
TRUMBULL—On November 27, St. Joseph High School will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide. #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to kick off the Read More ››
HARTFORD—In its eleventh annual State of Abortion in Connecticut report the Connecticut Catholic Conference, which is the public policy office of the Catholic Bishops in Connecticut, calls for adoption of a parental notification law similar to the laws passed in forty-three other states, including the bordering Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“How delighted we are to be celebrating these wonderful students,” said Holly Doherty-Lemoine, executive director of Foundations in Education.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and Foundations in Education hosted the annual “Leaders of Tomorrow” breakfast reception for students, their parents and donors on Thursday, November 8 at the Read More ››
STAMFORD—The 177 Project is coming to the Diocese of Bridgeport on Friday, November 9 to the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in Stamford.
“The Basilica Parish is excited to host the 177 Project in its effort to spread and promote devotion to the Blessed Sacrament through Read More ››
STRATFORD—The 31st Annual Cardinal Shehan Center Celebrity Breakfast turned out to be a memorable one as it was the last one celebrated by Terry O’Connor, the long-time executive director, and also included a lively Question and Answer session with talk radio sports icon Christopher “Mad Dog” Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—More than 1,000 people throughout the diocese attended the outdoor All Souls Day Masses held in six cemeteries today.
With a blustery autumn wind flapping the large white tents and maples trees lit by their fiery orange leaves, people joined in prayer for the repose of the Read More ››
NEWTOWN—St Rose of Lima Church hosted a film screening of Lessons from a School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane and a discussion, on October 22.
A description on the film’s website, lessonsfromaschoolshooting.com, explains, “Following the Peabody Award-winning Newtown documentary, Lessons from a School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane depicts Read More ››
My Brothers and Sisters in the Lord:
I write to you today to report the findings related to certain action items I communicated in my September 8, 2018 letter addressing the sexual abuse crisis as it has impacted our Diocese.
In my letter to the faithful, I announced Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On Saturday, October 27, more than 150 people gathered for prayer at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport for Catholic Underground. Catholic Underground is a ministry started by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal that invites people to a time of Eucharistic Adoration including sung Vespers, or Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Many words have been said regarding the crime of sexual abuse of minors and the scandals that these crimes have produced, words that are needed to express our grief, anger and confusion. However, words alone are insufficient. The time for further action has come,” said Bishop Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“We’re not watering down formation by using digital methods,” said Rose-Talbot Babey, director of parish engagement for the Diocese of Bridgeport. “The expectation is still high.”
The Office of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Bridgeport hosted a “Quick Wins for Faith Formation” session on October 26, Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—The Catholic Church and all its members must get better at listening to young people, taking their questions seriously, recognizing them as full members of the church, patiently walking with them and offering guidance as they discern the best way to live their faith, the Read More ››
DANBURY—Over 300 people came out to the Amber Room Colonnade on October 25 to support the programs and services of Catholic Charities of Northern Fairfield County, including Behavioral Health, Community Support Program, Family Loan Program, Homeless Outreach Team, Housing, Morning Glory Breakfast Program and New Heights. Read More ››
RIVERSIDE—The Social Justice Committee of St. Catherine of Siena Church and Catholic Relief Services are hosting Catholic Relief Services Regional Director for Europe and the Middle East, Kevin Hartigan on Sunday, October 28.
All are invited to his presentation after the 10:30 am Mass. The presentation will Read More ››
ROME—Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut, has become one of the most closely watched American prelates at a time when the Church in the United States is in full crisis mode, making it perhaps unsurprising that he was the first bishop to raise the issue of Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Notre Dame Fairfield Girls’ Soccer celebrated the accomplishments of their Senior players on Saturday, October 20th before their last regular season home game against Norwich Free Academy. Prior to the game, the five seniors and their families were announced during a pre-game ceremony. Speeches were read Read More ››
BROOKFIELD—Teacher Sarah Beck sits at a table in her classroom at St. Joseph’s with a handful of fifth—and sixth-graders, discussing subjects and predicates.
But across the room, other students are focused on different tasks. Some draw plot diagrams on their Chromebooks, while other students write personal narratives, Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—“Other than faith,” Bishop Frank Caggiano reminisced, “the gifts of how I was raised and who I was raised by are the greatest gifts I have ever received in my life.”
“The most inspiring people in my life were my two parents, without a doubt,” Caggiano Read More ››
NORWALK—The Blessing of Animals has become a much anticipated and favorite tradition at St. Matthew Parish in Norwalk to commemorate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi and commend our beloved pets to the protection of our heavenly Father.
Beginning at 3 pm last Sunday (October7) in Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—These days, one is hard-pressed to find people who speak positively about social media. In fact, a quick Google search of the term “social media” brings about doom-and-gloom articles discussing how social media have brought about the ruin of our institutions, turned us into antisocial scrollers Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School has enjoyed impressive growth in enrollment over the last few years. With a strong academic reputation as well as a thriving athletics program, the influx of talented student-athletes has resulted in recent State championships in boys basketball and girls track, SWC Championships for Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Procuring an abortion is wrong, inhumane and like hiring a hit man “to fix a problem,” Pope Francis said.
It is a contradiction to allow for killing a human life in a mother’s womb “in the name of protecting other rights,” he said during his weekly Read More ››
STRATFORD—“Life changed when my mom signed me up for the McGivney Community Center” said Lehayla Cruz, a recent graduate of Mitchell College and McGivney Center alumna.
Over a hundred friends and supporters of the McGivney Center gathered at Vazzano’s Four Seasons Restaurant in Stratford on Thursday, October Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport said Thursday that the Church must discuss its sexual abuse crisis if it is to gain the trust of young people.
During his October 4 speech at the 2018 Synod of Bishops, Caggiano said that the Church must “continue to directly Read More ››
DANBURY—Patrick Higgins of Immaculate High School announced that Ryan Fanella ‘19 of New Milford has been named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise by the National Merit Read More ››
INDONESIA—A Catholic Relief Services (CRS) team from Indonesia is on the ground in Palu, where a deadly earthquake and tsunami killed at least 1,400 people and left tens of thousands homeless. The local CRS team is working closely with our Caritas partner and additional teams have Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano today (October 3) announced that retired Connecticut Superior Court Judge Robert L. Holzberg, who is a partner in the law firm of Pullman & Comley LLC of Hartford and Bridgeport, will serve as counsel and lead investigator for the Clerical Sexual Abuse Read More ››
October 2 is the memorial of the Guardian Angels in the liturgy. Here are 8 things to know and share about the angels it celebrates . . .
1) What is a guardian angel?
A guardian angel is an angel (a created, non-human, non-corporeal being) that has been assigned Read More ››
ROME—The future of the Catholic Church is with the young, which is why Pope Francis has called bishops from all over the world to meet in Rome October 3-28 for a synod on young people. If the church cannot attract and keep young people, it has Read More ››
GREENWICH—Polpo Restaurant Greenwich hosted donors of the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport at a sparkling dinner held the evening of September 25. Over 50 donors to the Academy joined together for the event. The school serves more than 900 students in the City of Bridgeport and encompasses Read More ››
DANBURY—The “40 Days for Life Vigil” will be observed within the Diocese of Bridgeport from September 26 to November 4.
“Our community will unite with many others from coast to coast—and internationally—for a major simultaneous pro-life mobilization—the 40 Days for Life campaign,” said Christine Murphy of Danbury Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Judge Thomas Hardiman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit will be the featured speaker at the 2018 Red Mass and Breakfast that will take place on Sunday, October 14, 9 am at the Egan Chapel of Fairfield University, 1073 N. Benson Road, Read More ››
NEWTOWN—St. Rose School showed tremendous spirit and marched in the annual Newtown Labor Day Parade. Leading up to this event a few industrious school families constructed a float that replicated the original school building and filled it with antique desks, a chalkboard and all things of Read More ››
STAMFORD—Last spring, a passionate group of men and women entered into Superintendent of Catholic Schools Steve Cheeseman’s office with a dream: opening up a new school dedicated to classical and affordable Catholic education.
They sought approval from Dr. Cheeseman, and then presented their idea to Bridgeport Bishop Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese of Bridgeport has launched “The Face of Prayer 2.0” an online video catechism based on the questions and concerns young people have about the Church and their faith.
The newly designed website and video catechism went live on September 8, 2018, the Nativity of the Read More ››
DANBURY—The Annual Diocesan Blue Mass honoring Fire, Police and First Responders will be held on Sunday, September 9, 10:30 am at St. Joseph Church, 370 Main Street in Danbury.
A reception immediately following Mass will be held in the school gym on the parish grounds.
The Mass will Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—On Saturday, August 25th, the Athletic Association hosted its first Welcome Back event. The purpose of this event was to welcome new families to Notre Dame and welcome back athletes and coaches at the start of the fall sports season. The event was free to all Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In response to national priest sexual abuse, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will lead a Holy Hour with Rosary and a Mass of Reparation and Purification on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, Saturday, September 15th, at the Cathedral of St. Augustine, 399 Washington Avenue in Read More ››
TRUMBULL—“Most of us think that these things happen somewhere else…but it happened to my family, and it can happen to anyone,” a survivor shared her story of her experience with abuse at a young age.
The Office of Safe Environments held a VIRTUS training session on Thursday, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—One of the major challenges for victims of sexual abuse who have come forward in the past has been getting people to listen to them, to believe their stories and to respect the suffering and pain they’ve experienced.
A recent Catholic News Service story reported that sexual Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement after a series of meetings with members of the USCCB’s Executive Committee and other bishops. The following statement includes three goals and three principles, along Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Sexual assault victims say they were hurt not only by individual priests, but by church officials and ordinary Catholics who treated them with intolerance and indifference.
Four survivors of sexual assaults by priests shared their stories with Catholic News Service. They are: Jim VanSickle and Mike McDonnell Read More ››
“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience Read More ››
STAMFORD—Every first Saturday of the month at Saint Gabriel Parish in Stamford, 30-40 devotees gather to pray 2000 Hail Marys between 6:00 am and 4:00 pm in the St. Philip Neri Chapel to “honor and praise the Immaculate Heart of Mary,” says coordinator, Tess Senerador of Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is hosting a series of meetings this week responding to the broader issue of safe environments within the Church. An update will be offered upon their conclusion.
In response to today’s Pennsylvania Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—On any particular day in the Adult Day Program at Saint Catherine Center, what you’ll notice is a sense of purposeful activity—and beneath that, a feeling of warmth and respect.
“Consistency and a calm atmosphere are key to having a ‘great day’,” notes Brenda DeMattio, Director. “A Read More ››
STRATFORD—Join St. James School for their third annual “Touch-a-Truck” event. One of the biggest fundraisers that the school hosts, “Touch-a-Truck,” is a “huge community event” that features “awesome, souped-up trucks that will blow your mind!” Over 60 trucks will be on display, including SWAT vehicles, bucket Read More ››
WESTPORT—On Thursday evening, October 11th, Shepherds, a mentoring and scholarship non-profit based in Bridgeport, will celebrate 20 years of “changing students lives” with a gala at The Inn at Longshore in Westport. The evening will feature highly respected TV journalist and co-anchor of ABC News’ Nightline, Read More ››
TRUMBULL—St. Catherine of Siena School (SCSS), a private Catholic school for students in pre-K through 8th grade, will be conducting its inaugural Apple Run/Walk 5K / Candy Apple Kids Fun, on Saturday, September 15, at 200 Shelton Road in the historic Nichols area of Trumbull, Connecticut. Read More ››
WESTON—The Catholic Young Adults of Greater Danbury (CYAGD) organized and hosted the 3rd Annual “Summer Splash” on Sunday, August 5, at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Weston. Father John Connaughton of St. Thomas More parish in Darien celebrated the Mass accompanied by very moving live Read More ››