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Fairfield University Celebrates Class of 2019 Achievements

FAIRFIELD—Family, friends, faculty, trustees and administrators gathered on Fairfield University’s picturesque Bellarmine lawn overlooking the Long Island Sound, the back drop for the University’s 2019 Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 19. Fairfield University awarded 952 Bachelor’s degrees, 340 Master’s degrees, 25 Sixth-Year Certificates, and 33 Doctorates.

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Church Renewal, One Priest at a Time

|   By Peter Jesserer Smith | National Catholic Register
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Men are proceeding with their ordinations in the post-McCarrick era.

ORANGE, Calif.—While in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, Martin Vu heard the startling words of Jesus: “Martin—I want you to be my priest. And one day, you can raise up the Eucharist.”

At this time, as an upperclassman Read More ››

Bishop’s Holy Week Schedule

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano—HOLY WEEK, 2019

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Contact: Brian Wallace 203.416.1464

Chrism Mass
Holy Thursday April 18, 10 am
St. Augustine Cathedral, Bridgeport

CHRISM MASS—One of the most beautiful and solemn liturgies of the year, the Chrism Mass celebrates the anniversary of that day the when Christ bestowed the Priesthood on Read More ››

Stamford students honored in DAR essay contest

|   By Erin Kayata | Stamford Advocate
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STAMFORD—Nineteen city students were recently honored for their history-based writing in the Stamford Daughters of the American Revolution American Essay Contest.

“We want to promote history, education of kids and patriotism,” said Katie Sumner, DAR chapter regent and contest judge. “The quality of the essays were nice.”

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Holiness

|   Commentary By Thomas H. Hicks
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The Second Vatican Council stressed the essential need in the Church for “stirring up a hunger for holiness” (cf. Lumen Gentium). What is the meaning of this “holiness” the Council calls for? One can wonder why God seeks a contact with human beings in the first Read More ››

God will provide

|   Commentary By Joe Pisani
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My mother always said, “God will provide,” but I can’t say that I always believed her. She usually said it the day my father got laid off from his job as a carpenter because winter had set in and there wasn’t enough work to go around, Read More ››

Trinity Catholic’s Anderson Signs Letter of Intent to Play College Football at Franklin Pierce College

STAMFORD— Anthony Anderson, four-year standout football player at Trinity Catholic, has signed a Letter of Intent to play collegiate football at D-2 school, Franklin Pierce University, Trinity Catholic High School announced today.

Anthony was joined by over a dozen teammates, family, his football coach Donny Panapada and Read More ››

Disability rights activists protest assisted suicide

|    Christine Rousselle | Catholic News Agency
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WASHINGTON D.C.—As multiple states consider assisted suicide legislation, disability activists are speaking out, saying the bills are slippery slopes that put the lives of people with disabilities at risk.

Connecticut lawmakers are now considering HB 5898, “An Act Concerning Aid In Dying For Terminally Ill Patients,” which Read More ››

Students wear the Green!

BRIDGEPORT—Students from Catholic schools in the Greater Bridgeport area marched and displayed their school banners in the 37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade held on Friday in downtown Bridgeport.

The St. Patrick’s Day observance formally began when the Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, celebrated Read More ››

Street evangelization for modern times

|   By Paul Senz | OSV Newsweekly
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DENVER—When most people think about street preaching, they picture tent revivals, or the fiery Protestant minister with King James Bible in hand shouting about being saved, or the apocalyptic firebrand imploring repentance. Few likely think of the Catholic Church.

But there are a number of organizations that Read More ››

Catholic Charities’ Behavioral Health provides options

|   By Ellen McGinness
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DANBURY—For over 50 years, Catholic Charities of Fairfield County (CCFC) has provided affordable and accessible mental health services to individuals and families from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The program, called Behavioral Health Services, is one of the only providers of subsidized mental health services in the region.

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Heartwarming energy and fun in math

|   By Pat Hennessy
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WILTON—“Work hard. Stay focused. And Do…Your…Best!”

The first and second graders at Our Lady of Fatima School in Wilton repeat this mantra every time they change stations in their Personalized Learning math class.

Although they are learning to master different math skills, the Personalized Learning Initiative allows these Read More ››

Blooming with enthusiasm

|   By Pat Hennessy
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SHELTON—Soft voices enliven a table in the center of the first-grade classroom at Holy Trinity Catholic Academy in Shelton. While teacher Cindy Nizzardo observes from a distance, a small group of students are reading, and are helping each other with the more difficult words. Each one Read More ››

Inner-City Foundation Announces Grant Awards

BRIDGEPORT—The Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education announced their most recent grant awards today, awarding 10 grants totaling $106,000 to local Fairfield County programs and organizations.
Grant awardees include organizations and programs providing education and/or social services, including: Children in Placement, Homes with Hope, WorkPlace, Bridgeport Caribe Read More ››

Personalized Learning in action

|   By Pat Hennessy
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FAIRFIELD—“What is the distributive property of a multiplication statement?” fourth-grade teacher Lauren Korres asks her students at the beginning of a structured Personalized Learning math class at Assumption Catholic School.

“In the past, we taught as if every kid were the same,” says Principal Steve Santoli. “Kids Read More ››

‘It’s great to see this come together’

|   By Pat Hennessy
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BROOKFIELD—“The most exciting thing about personalized and multi-age learning is that it encourages and empowers students to discover their strengths, challenges, interests and passion,” said Pam Fallon, director of education at St. Joseph Catholic Academy in Brookfield.

During a recent visit, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Cheeseman Read More ››