Dear Friends of Quest for Peace and Covenant House Casa Alianza in Nicaragua:
These weeks we have been witnessing with great anguish the violence and anarchy that has erupted in Nicaragua which has set the government and its paramilitaries against students, workers, the poor and the Catholic Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The St. Margaret Shrine in Bridgeport might be the only large-scale shrine in the United States dedicated to St. Margaret of Antioch, a late third-century/early fourth-century martyr whose feast was formerly July 20 (she was among some saints removed in 1969 from the liturgical calendar to Read More ››
MERIDEN—Saint Francis of Assisi said, “It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.” The Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist not only lived this instruction of Brother Francis, but helped the Seminarians of the Diocese understand Read More ››
WINNEBAGO—A few weeks ago, I went with my youth group from Saint Aloysius Parish in New Canaan on a mission trip to Nebraska. For an entire week, we did service work on the Native American Reservation of Winnebago.
Our time with the people of the Omaha and Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—It’s summertime, and the fishing is easy! At least it was on the beautiful day recently for adults in the day program of St. Catherine Academy.
The adult students enjoyed a morning of recreation at the pond on Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens in Westport, followed by lunch on Read More ››
WESTON—As we continue to encourage parishes to accept Bishop Caggiano’s Invitation to Lifelong Faith Formation, we are pleased to announce a workshop designed specifically for those who lead the RCIA process.
Many parishes are doing wonderful work with the RCIA program. And yet, oftentimes the neophytes don’t Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Loyola Press is partnering with the Diocese of Bridgeport Office of Faith Formation and The Leadership Institute to bring several speakers to the area for all those who share the faith as catechists and youth ministers.
The first day will serve as a kick-off meeting for all Read More ››
KENT—Former Fairfield County Catholic photographer John Glover, 64, passed away suddenly last Friday in his home in Kent.
A full obituary including funeral arrangements will be released as it becomes available.
Glover joined Fairfield County Catholic in 1998 as staff photographer at the invitation of Dr. Joseph McAleer, Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University has assumed operations of St. Vincent’s College, effective July 2, merging the valuable resources of two of the region’s longstanding, venerable learning institutions. “Sacred Heart University and St. Vincent’s College are two institutions with a strong Catholic identity and similar missions and core Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Fourteen nurses in Ghana are earning their master’s degrees and will be able to educate student nurses and improve patient outcomes, thanks to an innovative, tuition-free partnership with Sacred Heart University.
The partnership between SHU’s College of Nursing and Ghana’s Holy Family Nursing & Midwifery Training College Read More ››
A lifetime ago, when Tom McInerney was a sophomore at St. Augustine High School in Brooklyn, his world history teacher, Mr. Hitti, took him aside for the kind of talk teenagers would rather avoid.
Mr. Hitti didn’t mince his words. He told Tom that he was “way Read More ››
DANBURY—In addition to providing a hot and healthy meal to the hungry and homeless in the Danbury area on a daily basis, the Morning Glory Breakfast Program of Catholic Charities also operates a Marketplace.
“The Morning Glory Marketplace is a unique non-food pantry program that provides items Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Catholics have no reason to fear death, because Christ the Lord has power over death; instead, they should fear sin, which hardens and kills the soul, Pope Francis said Sunday.
“Jesus is the Lord, and before Him physical death is like sleep: there is no reason Read More ››
MCALLEN, Texas—The bishops of the Catholic Church in the United States have for weeks expressed outrage and condemned the government’s recent practice of separating children from a parent or a family member if they’re caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border without legal documentation.
On July 1, led by Read More ››
WILTON—Our Lady of Fatima School-Wilton held its commencement exercises on Friday evening, June 15th for its graduating Eighth Grade Class. The event included a Mass offered by Our Lady of Fatima Pastor, Reverend Reginald Norman, followed by a reception. Featured commencement speakers were Fatima “graduating” parent, Read More ››
SHELTON—When Mina Lawrence was growing up in Hong Kong, her parents taught her the importance of reading sacred scripture, of fasting and of praying … to the gods.
She came from a religious family that regularly went to the Hindu temple, where they read the Vedas, burned Read More ››
SHELTON—Brad Smythe’s path to the Catholic Church took a few twists and turns and an occasional detour. But step by step, the Holy Spirit led him to where he was meant to be—an ordained deacon at 65 years old.
He and his two younger sisters were raised Read More ››
NEWTOWN—St. Rose of Lima School Fourth grader Ava Bauco, was recently invited to attend the National Invention Convention at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan. Her journey began in the fall, when St. Rose fourth graders started brainstorming solutions to the everyday problems they had identified. Read More ››
NORWALK—This week marked the launch of Room to Grow Preschool’s Creative Adventures Camp. It is the first time that the Norwalk preschool has held a summer day camp program. During winter vacation, program director Nancy Owens piloted the camp to test the waters. Kids and parents Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Over one hundred supporters of Catholic Charities turned out for the agency’s annual Aetna Golf Classic on June 4 at the Patterson Club in Fairfield. Golf enthusiasts enjoyed a buffet breakfast before a round of golf at the historic club, which was followed by a delicious Read More ››
STAMFORD—Fifty years after Blessed Pope Paul VI issued what one historian has called the most reviled and misunderstood Catholic document in modern history, a group of experts gathered to reexamine the encyclical Humanae Vitae in light of the social upheaval that has occurred since the sexual Read More ››
BROOKFIELD—Peter Brady, the “Boss Man” of Handy Dandy Handy Man Ministry in the greater Danbury area was excited to receive a donation from the first grad students at St. Joseph School in Brookfield in recognition of all the work the volunteers of HDHM Ministries do for Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—On the second day of SHU Journey 2018, high school students are gathered in a Sacred Heart University classroom to discuss what it means to be servant leaders.
With notebooks and pens ready, they are attentive and ready to engage. Dr. June-Ann Greeley told students, “We are Read More ››
DANBURY—During the 2018 Mission Cooperative Program, the international charity Mary’s Meals will be visiting the Diocese of Bridgeport. Volunteer speakers from Mary’s Meals will be making a Mission Appeal at Sacred Heart Parish in Danbury on July 14-15.
Mary’s Meals sets up community-run school feeding projects in Read More ››
Below is the information for those who want to advocate with the USCCB on family separation and other domestic migration issues or support CRS’ life-saving work in Central America.
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BRIDGEPORT—“What does effective learning look like in a digitally connected world?” “How are we helping youth take information and transform it into knowledge and wisdom? and How are we engaging our communities in faith in a digital way?” asked Charlotte McCorquodale, president of Ministry Training Source.
Speaking Read More ››
“Compartmentalize” was the word George Bisacca employed most often when explaining how he was able to balance a dual career as an attorney and a college basketball coach with family life.
The principal celebrant at his May 21st memorial service, the Father Charles Allen, SJ, spoke of Read More ››
When Jim Fedak Jr. was 9 years old, he knew what he wanted to be.
Most boys imagine themselves as firemen, rock stars and professional athletes.
Jim, however, wanted to feed the hungry, his mother Marie says. And today he does.
It was an ambition that inspired him from Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—“New Policies and Life-Styles in the Digital Age” was the theme at the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) Foundation’s 25th Anniversary conference, held at the Vatican on May 24-26.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, assistant ecclesiastical counselor to CAPP in the United States, joined 30 CAPP-USA members Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“My dear friends in Christ. It has been five years since the Holy Father gave me the great privilege of being your shepherd and serving as Bishop of Bridgeport. These have been years of great blessings for me, as you and I have made progress in Read More ››
NEW HAVEN—2017 was a record-setting year for Knights of Columbus charitable work with an unprecedented $185.6 million in donations and 75.6 million hours of volunteer service provided worldwide.
The monetary value of K of C’s service hours is valued at $1.9 billion based on an estimate by Read More ››
TRUMBULL—St Joseph High School, striving to be southern Connecticut’s premier college preparatory school, is proud to announce that on Saturday, June 2, 2018, they graduated 178 students who have collectively earned more than 25 million dollars in scholarships and financial aid.
The 2018 Commencement was held at Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—This will be another busy summer for students in Sacred Heart University’s Theatre Arts Program.
After the success of last year’s first-ever summer theater season, the SHU Rep Company, an advanced group of University thespians and stage crew members, will be back on campus toward the end Read More ››
BRISTOL—Coach Bill Mazzucco gripped the alligator-shaped shoehorn tightly in his hand as he brought his Notre Dame-Fairfield players into a huddle in the middle of the Muzzy Field locker room. Over the past two years, the alligator shoehorn—a token given to Mazzucco by Austin Allen—has become Read More ››
TRUMBULL—Frances Jean “Fran” Kleitz, who is said to have been the first woman to hold the position of Lay Member of the Parish Corporation, or “Trustee” in any parish in the United States following the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, passed away on May 31, after a Read More ››
STAMFORD—On May 31st, The Catholic Academy of Stamford honored Mary, the Mother of God, and crowed her with a beautiful crown of roses. The celebrant was Bishop Frank Caggiano, and the co-celebrants were Father Bert Pinciaro, Pastor of St. Cecelia’s Church, and father Joseph Gill, Chaplain Read More ››
NEWTOWN—On Saturday, June 2, the 28 graduates of St. Rose of Lima School held their Mass and graduation ceremony in St. Rose Church. The graduates received a total of $362,000 in academic scholarships for high school. Nine students will attend Immaculate High School in Danbury; eight Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Gathered after school, a select group of eighth graders at St. Augustine School, along with local artist Cleiton Ventura, picked up paintbrushes and pallets to brighten the hallway with their art.
The result is a striking mural that brightens the hallways of St. Augustine Academy on the Read More ››
NORWALK—Deacon Dean W. Finch passed away on Thursday, May 31, at his home in Norwalk at the age of 72.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has asked all to pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Finch and for the consolation of his family.
Deacon Finch was Read More ››
DANBURY—On June 2, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will ordain Deacon James K. Bates as a priest for the Diocese of Bridgeport. The Ordination Mass will be celebrated at 11 am in St. Joseph Church, Danbury, his home parish.
Father Samuel Scott, St. Joseph’s pastor, notes that three Read More ››
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.—One hundred years ago, Dorothy Brady took her two-month-old son Philip to downtown Rochester for a parade celebrating Armistice Day—the end of the War to End All Wars. She had great hopes for her newborn baby because she’d once been told she would be Read More ››
DANBURY—The Immaculate High Schools boy golf team has won the SWC Golf Championship. It was a great victory for the young men and for Coach Kevin Dunleavy who will be retiring in June after 43 years as a science teacher at IHS. Photo: L-R: Coach Kevin Read More ››
WESTPORT—The annual Celebration of Consecrated Life was held at St. Luke Church, Westport, on May 15. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano was the main celebrant of the Mass , with ten other clergy concelebrating. Directly after Mass, a dinner was provided for 125 Religious, clergy and friends. Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On behalf of the John & Ethel Kashulon Foundation, Board of Director member T.R. Rowe recently presented two checks to Bishop Frank Caggiano. The first was in the amount of $10,000 and will be used to support a diocesan seminarian-in-need, and the second was in the Read More ››
STAMFORD—Fifty years ago, Pope Paul VI issued his seventh and last encyclical, Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), which upheld the Church’s teaching against artificial birth control, reaffirmed the sanctity of life and marital love, and emphasized the importance of responsible parenthood. The encyclical incited an immediate Read More ››
Jesus is always at work, calling men to the priesthood. Sometimes, he calls them when they are young. Other times, he calls them later in life. Sometimes, they respond to the call immediately, but many times the process of discernment can take months or years.
GREENWICH—Peter and Barbara Ripp of Greenwich, lifelong supporters of Catholic education, have given a $1 million gift to Foundations in Education to create an early learning program for three- and four-year-old children in the Diocese of Bridgeport.Their donation will establish the Christopher Ripp Early Learning Program Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—St. Vincent’s Medical center celebrated National Nurses Week from May 6-12. The week was packed with many activities, including the Annual Awards and Recognition Reception, a Blessing of the Hands service, food trucks, a complimentary night shift coffee bar, and a door decorating contest.
Throughout the week, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Former NBC Universal President/CEO Bob Wright praised Merton Center for its “broad range of programs” and urged the 250 in attendance to support is mission at this morning’s 24th Annual Celebrity Breakfast held yesterday at the downtown Holiday inn.
Al Barber, President of Catholic Charities, said the Read More ››
DANBURY—Student-athletes from Immaculate High School signed with colleges to run cross country/track & field or play college football, baseball, basketball, golf or lacrosse at a special signing ceremony recently.
Abigail Allen of New Miford will golf, Emma Connolly of Danbury, Sean Connolly of Danbury, Patrick Cropsey of Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Charlotte McCorquodale, president of Ministry Training Source, will be the featured speaker at the next Leadership Summit on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 6 pm at the Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Ave, Bridgeport, CT)
“As we work to re-imagine Faith Formation in the diocese, all ministry leaders Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The rain did not stop over 500 people from coming to St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport on Saturday, May 19th at 7pm to celebrate the Vigil of Pentecost and the Confirmation of over 25 candidates.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano was the main celebrant, along with concelebrants Fr. Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Last Saturday, May 19, 2018, the Diocese of Bridgeport celebrated joyfully the ordinations of three men to the Transitional Diaconate. Rev. Mr. Peter Adamski, Rev. Mr. Christopher Ford, and Rev. Mr. David Roman were ordained deacons by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano in a beautiful Ordination Mass Read More ››
STAMFORD—Who knew that volunteering in a soup kitchen could be social and fun? If you stopped by a Social Night of Service at New Covenant Center in Stamford, you would see that it certainly can be.
What exactly is Social Night of Service? It started as an Read More ››
TRUMBULL—Two students from St. Theresa School won top honors at the Regional Woodsman Speech Contest. Eighth grader Olivia Lieby and seventh grader Vishnu Kumar competed in the annual Woodsman Oration Contest held at St. Rose of Lima School in Newtown on May 15. Six area Catholic Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—On Sunday, May 20, Fairfield University’s Class of 2018 undergraduate and graduate students received their degrees during the University’s 68th Commencement exercises.
This was the first Fairfield University Commencement for Mark. R. Nemec, PhD, the University’s 9th President. He asked the graduates to commit to three things: Read More ››
TRUMBULL—St Joseph High School, striving to be southern Connecticut’s premier college preparatory school, is proud to announce that they have officially opened Café de las Sonrisas USA (Café of Smiles) for students and faculty. All proceeds to benefit Café de las Sonrisas in Granada, Nicaragua.
Café de Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—The boys varsity basketball team at Assumption Catholic School, Fairfield, are the 2018 champions of the Catholic School League. Their overall record of 12-2 earned them a spot in the semi-finals and then on to the finals where they won two games back to back to Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On Saturday, May 19, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will ordain three men as transitional deacons for the Diocese of Bridgeport. The Ordination Mass will be celebrated at 11 am in St. Augustine Cathedral. Traditionally, ordination as a transitional deacon is the last step before ordination to Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS)—The Catholic Church doesn’t often add new celebrations to its pretty full liturgical calendar, but this year’s new feast day, Mary, Mother of the Church on May 21, has Catholics gearing up to mark the day or at least think a little more about Mary.
The Read More ››
NEW HAVEN—More than 200 active and retired U.S. military personnel will take part in the annual Warriors to Lourdes spiritual journey dedicated to individual healing and a more peaceful world. The May 15-22 journey is timed to coincide with the 60th annual International Military Pilgrimage (PMI).
“The Read More ››
STAMFORD—Volunteers from Our Lady Star of the Sea made improvements to the home of Kathleen Kinsella as part of HomeFront Day, when volunteers revitalize homes for low-income families. HomeFront is a Stamford nonprofit that provides quality-of-life improvements to families with financial hardships.
Home owner Kathleen Kinsella is Read More ››
STAMFORD—Msgr. John Bernard Hossan died on May 6 at the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of the Clergy Residence in Stamford. The retired pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Redding Ridge was 90 years old.
Born in Danbury on August 21, 1927, he graduated from St. Joseph School Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—The Catholic Church needs to seek the input, commitment and talents of all of its members if it is to be truly catholic and to evangelize effectively, said a new document from the International Theological Commission.
Pope Francis has called for the church to be “synodal,” Read More ››
NEWTOWN—At the beginning of May, St. Rose School’s National Junior Honor Society held a food drive for the Faith Food Pantry. They placed boxes in all K-8 classrooms, encouraging students and families to support this good cause. As an extra incentive, Sister Colleen offered a pizza Read More ››
The Knights of Columbus Connecticut State Council celebrated its 125th Anniversary serving the state of Connecticut at its annual state convention on the weekend of May 5th. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson was the special honoree at the convention banquet on Saturday night.
Each year the state Read More ››
TRUMBULL—With suddenly beautiful spring and a light breeze lifting the newly opened leaves, people throughout the diocese gathered at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Trumbull for the Mass for the Unborn and rededication of the Memorial to the Unborn.
The Mass was hosted the Knights of Columbus Read More ››
SHELTON—Hundreds of parishioners and friends filled St. Joseph Church in Shelton for “A Night with Mozart,” the St. Joseph Spring Concert held in honor of St. Joseph the Worker. Father Michael Dogali, St. Joseph’s pastor, said it was a night of joy and celebration with proceeds Read More ››
STAMFORD—Funded by the Arbella Insurance Foundation and hosted by Bearingstar Insurance, Distractology is a mobile stimulator experience designed to show new drivers exactly how dangerous it is to text and drive. New drivers will get firsthand experience of how distractions interfere with their ability to react Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—When Dominic Vachon’s brother was dying of cancer, it gave him a profoundly personal insight into healthcare and the importance of empathy and compassion.
His brother died in 1983 after four years that Vachon said “gripped my life” and led him on a lifelong professional journey, exploring Read More ››
STAMFORD—What a “swing to spring” the months of March and April were for New Covenant Center! We went from snow days to sunny days—all in a just a few weeks. Also within just a few weeks, New Covenant Center hosted two very different fundraisers. One that Read More ››
TRUMBULL—In many ways, what we are celebrating, and what you have lived, the world doesn’t understand,” said Bishop Frank Caggiano to nearly 200 couples who attended the recent Wedding Jubilee Mass at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull.
The world sees marriage as a contract that hopefully works Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University Exercise Science Professor and Master of Public Health Director Anna Greer is leading a series of workshops and training to promote safety for Bridgeport students who walk to school. Her efforts began in response to a 2017 Bridgeport policy that states all high Read More ››