FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University has established the John Moriarty Institute for Ecology and Spirituality. The Institute’s mission, as stated on its website, is to understand and consider the richness and wonder of the natural environment, and to promote a deeper reflection on human spirituality as an important Read More ››
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BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has invited the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right, to establish an oratory and take over the pastoral care of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish in Bridgeport.
On Sunday, October 8, Bishop Caggiano installed Read More ››
TRUMBULL—When George Weigel went to dinner at Pope John Paul II’s residence at the Vatican in 1995, it was an event that would change his life and lead to his writing two volumes, 1600 pages, about one of the towering Christian figures of the 20th century, Read More ››
EASTON—A group from of Notre Dame of Easton parish visited three local Sacred Sites In Litchfield County on Thursday, October 12th.
The one-day pilgrimage took the men and women to Lourdes in Litchfield, the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, and the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Read More ››
STAMFORD—Trinity Catholic High School has partnered with Student Support Services at Stamford Public Schools Collaborative on a community service project. A private donor has given funds to Student Support Services to purchase 500 new coats.
The TCHS students from the National Honor Society and the Student Read More ››
RHODE ISLAND—In this morning’s Facebook entry, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano offers the following report on the talk by Deacon Greg Kandra at yesterday’s session of the Priest Convocation now underway in Newport, Rhode Island.
“As our priest convocation entered its second day, Deacon Greg Kandra, a former Read More ››
RHODE ISLAND—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano sent this dispatch back from the Fifth Convocation of Priests of the Diocese of Bridgeport now underway in Newport, Rhode Island. The convocation is held every three years and more than 200 diocesan priests are attending the three-day retreat.
“Of One Heart Read More ››
MONROE—The Rev. James McCarten Assembly 119 of the Knights of Columbus on October 15 assisted Connecticut District Master Allyn Temple in hosting the fall 2017 4th Degree Exemplification.
During the exemplification 63 third Degree Knights received the honor of the Order’s highest degree at St. Jude Parish Read More ››
REDDING RIDGE—St. Patrick Church enthusiastically announces its Second Annual Night on the Ridge, featuring wines from around the world, paired with delicious international cuisines as only the Spinning Wheel can do it. New to this event will be a micro-brewery offering, featuring a selection of small Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The first woman to serve as guest speaker in the Cardinal Shehan Center Celebrity breakfast series brought the house down with a mixture of humor, interesting stories, and perceptive comments about the Press and the “polarized nation.”
CBS 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl captivated almost 400 friends Read More ››
Good morning and thank you for coming. My name is Amaris Timmons. I am 10 years old and I am in the 6th grade at Cathedral Academy.
I have attended the Cardinal Shehan Center since I was 4 ½ years old. I participate in the After Read More ››
DANBURY—Pam Rittman, director of the Annual Catholic Appeal, is hard at work on this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal Video.
In this video, shot on location in Danbury, Pam is joined by Catholic Charities social workers and members of the Frontline Productions film crew as the outreach social Read More ››
NORWALK—Deacon William Owen Murphy, a retired deacon of St. Joseph Parish in South Norwalk, passed away peacefully at his home in Norwalk on October 6 at the age of 82.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on November 18, 1934, and attended Brooklyn Prep, College of the Read More ››
The prayer that Jesus taught us, “Our Father”, is one that most of us have known from our earliest years. Many pray it often, perhaps even several times daily. It is a prayer of adoration, thanksgiving, and supplication. We recognize God as our Father, not as Read More ››
LEBANON—In these dispatches Diocesan Social Media leader John Grosso offers a brief but stark look at the hardship suffered by Syrian refugees as he and others from the diocese wind up their mission trip to the region: “When you have your country, you have everything. When Read More ››
NORWALK—St. Mary’s Church and the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny are pleased to announce a conference and Mass commemorating the tenth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum on Thursday, October 19 at St. Mary’s Church, 669 West Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut. Those interested are cordially invited to attend. Read More ››
BROOKFIELD—St. Joseph’s Catholic Church has joined several other churches across the state in going green.
The 475 new solar panels on the roof of St. Joseph’s School went live Thursday, providing energy for the church, rectory and parish center.
“We’ll be just about completely green, which is amazing Read More ››
ETHIOPIA—Diocesan Social Media Leader John Grosso has been sending first-hand reports of his mission trips to Ethiopia with business and charitable leader Nick Troilo of Darien, Msgr. Thomas Powers and other diocesan priests.
“The joy and love of the people we’ve encountered in Ethiopia during our travels Read More ››
NORWALK—A procession through the streets of Norwalk, Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary form celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, and a food and music festival highlighted the recent Patronal Feast of St. Mary’s Parish in Norwalk.
“We thank God for this opportunity for the whole parish Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Sr. Miriam James, SOLT, a young missionary, former college Volleyball player, and Catholic speaker will kick off the new Bishop’s Lecture Series with a talk on “Encounter” on Wednesday, October 11, 7:00 pm at St. Catherine of Sienna parish in Trumbull.
The talk, sponsored by the diocesan Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Diocesan social media leader John Grosso has joined Vicar General Msgr. Thomas Powers and other priests on a mission trip to Ethiopia. The group is being led by Nick Troilo of Darien, founder of Turning Wine Into Water, which works to provide safe, clean fresh water Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Father Ralph Seraphim Rohlman, former director of the Propagation of the Faith, died on October 2 in Bridgeport. Father Seraphim was born on July 13, 1965, in Bridgeport, and attended area elementary schools and Central High School.
He was attending the University of Bridgeport on a Read More ››
WASHINGTON—The nation has experienced “yet another night filled with unspeakable terror” and “we need to pray and to take care of those who are suffering,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington.
In Las Vegas, a gunman now identified by law enforcement Read More ››
When Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, its 155-mph winds knocked out electricity to the entire island, leaving its 3.4 million people in the dark. The situation could last up to six months, officials said.
“This is an event without precedent,” Puerto Rico Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will share his vision for lifelong Faith Formation at the “People of Joy” Faith Formation Day this Saturday, 8:30 to 2:30 at the Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Avenue in Bridgeport.
All those who serve in ministry are invited and encouraged to join Read More ››
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Holy Father’s worldwide two-year campaign supporting the displaced kicks off September 27.
Today, several dozen bishops across the United States are joining Pope Francis as he launched the two-year “Share the Journey” campaign, holding events and reaching out to support migrants and refugees in their Read More ››
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Our Lady of Fatima’s message about prayer, conversion and peace that she imparted to three shepherd children in a field in Portugal “is as important now as it has ever been since” she appeared a century ago, a Connecticut bishop told Massgoers September 23 in Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—All are invited to “Welcoming the Stranger,” a Social Justice lecture exploring the ways the Church serves our immigrant brothers and sisters tonight (Tuesday September 26), 7 pm in the Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Avenue.
Featured speakers include Sister Mary Ellen Burns, ascj, Director of Apostle immigration Read More ››
NEW HAVEN—With gifts of aid to Puerto Rico and Mexico, the Knights of Columbus has expanded its outreach in the wake of recent natural disasters that have plagued the southern U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean.
The K of C has raised more than $2.8 million as part Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School is proud to announce that John Palladino ‘18 of Danbury was named a Semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition. He is one of 220 Connecticut students and one of 16,000 students nationwide to have an eligibility score for the 2018 competition Read More ››
TRUMBULL—St Joseph High School, striving to be Southern Connecticut’s premier college preparatory school, announced today that two of their Senior students, Lavanya Sambaraju and Manjodh (Joe) Singh, have been selected as 2018 National Merit® Scholarship Semifinalists.
Officials of The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced on Wednesday the Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—You will want to read below the latest newsletter for the Serra Club of Bridgeport. You will find news of the club’s summer barbecue, information on prayer and support for priests, and other items.
The goal of the Serra Club is to promote vocations to the priesthood Read More ››
DANBURY—Over the summer many IHS students perform their community service hours by helping local organizations. One senior, Albert “AJ” Vitiello, went beyond his borders, both personal and physical, and travelled half way across the world to help another community with seemingly simple but important needs.
Mr. Vitiello Read More ››
NORWALK—A Fairfield County landmark giving hope to pregnant women for nearly two decades has entered a collaboration to expand and enhance its help for mothers and their babies.
Malta House, which opened in Norwalk in 1998 to feed and shelter homeless women from all backgrounds eager to Read More ››
STAMFORD—The Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of the Diocese of Providence Rhode Island, will be the keynote speaker at the 9th Annual Fundraising Banquet for the Family Institute of Connecticut on September 29, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Stamford Marriott.
Bishop Tobin, who has Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Recognized among the nation’s best universities and colleges, Fairfield University’s undergraduate teaching program places 3rd in the Northern Region, and the University was recognized among the best nationally for service learning. Additionally, Fairfield’s Dolan School of Business made the national list once again for “Best Undergraduate Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University was ranked one of the most innovative universities as well as one of the best universities in the North, according to U.S.News & World Report’s newly released guidebook, Best Colleges 2018. “As one of the fastest growing Catholic universities in the nation, we Read More ››
When asked what makes him most proud in his work as president of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Dr. John Petillo doesn’t mention the record growth in student enrollment or the impressive number of first class buildings and programs the university has unveiled in the last Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Describing teachers as the “spiritual mothers and fathers” of their students, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano told Catholic educators that in addition to building academic skills they are also forming young people in the faith and values that will guide them over a lifetime.
More than 700 Catholic Read More ››
STAMFORD—New Covenant Center in Stamford reports an increasing number of it guests were able find to part-time work this summer, and that it is set to launch an initiatives to help them build job skills.
“We were encouraged to see our lunch and dinner service numbers decrease Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Second collections to assist the many Texas families who are in dire need of food, water, clothing and shelter, especially in the cities of Houston and Rockport will be taken in parishes throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has asked pastors to hold voluntary Read More ››
NORWALK—Msgr. Walter, Pastor of St. Matthew Church is driving one of three supply trucks down to Texas next week. Msgr. Orlowski is asking parishioners to consider donating supplies and goods to help their brothers and sisters in need!
“St. Matthew is Texas-bound, bringing Prayers, Love & Supplies for Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Augustine, the Patron Saint of the Diocese of Bridgeport! Read Bishop Frank’s reflection on St. Augustine: “Saint Augustine came to faith after many years of struggling with a dissolute lifestyle. Afterwards he wrote his autobiography entitled “The Confessions”. It Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Catholic dioceses and charities are quickly organizing to help in the aftermath of a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall with heavy rains and winds of 130 miles per hour late August 25 into the Rockport, Texas area, northeast of Corpus Christi. The National Weather Service Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Caroline House has received a $15,000 grant from the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls. The grant will support English as a Second Language (ESL) and life skills education for low-income women.
The Caroline House ESL and life skills program provides free literacy education Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University’s (SHU) theatre arts program has been recognized by OnStage Blog as a leading college theater program, and one of the fastest-growing programs in the country. In its annual review entitled “Top-10 most underrated college theater programs for 2017,” Founder and Editor in Chief Read More ››
WILTON—More than 200 parishioners and members of the community turned out last night for an interfaith candlelight vigil outside of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Wilton in response to the torches that burned in Charlottesville.
“As we look back to the incidents that occurred in Charlottesville, Read More ››
I was blessed to be taught at a young age, that you can learn from anyone and any situation. As we look back to the incidents that occurred in Charlottesville, VA—there is much to be learned and many actions that need to happen in our lives Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Maureen Cardiello, coordinator of Project Rachael, the diocesan post-abortion healing ministry, has announced the Fall schedule of upcoming Project Rachael and Entering Canaan healing events including a new Sibling Retreat:
Afternoon of Prayerful Remembrance and Intercession – September 30, 2017
Men’s Day of Healing – October 7, 2017
Women’s Read More ››
HOPKINSVILLE, KY—A total solar eclipse is a rare event, something to appreciate and enjoy in the mind of Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory.
So as the first eclipse crossed the country from coast to coast in 99 years Aug. 21, Brother Consolmagno wasn’t Read More ››
DARIEN—St. Thomas More Church, Darien hosts Men En Masse in September. Join us on Saturday, September 16 at 7:30 pm for an evening of music with Men En Masse, the summer men’s chorus from Connecticut Chamber Choir, conducted by Galen Tate.
This free concert will feature a cappella Read More ››
TRUMBULL—Almost 200 young people throughout the Diocese are expected to attend Saturday’s “Fan the Fire” youth rally at St. Joseph High School in Trumbull.
Fan the Fire is a day of prayer, fun and inspiration for young people in grades 8 thru 12. It will run from Read More ››
NORWALK—For nine of the ten years Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council #14360 has been in existence they have assisted or sponsored various events for the Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) in Norwalk, which has included the Agency’s annual Foster Care picnic and outings to Bluefish Read More ››
STAMFORD—Come hear Krista Adams-Santilli with Frank Mastrone and Friends in Concert on September 16 at 6:30 pm at Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford. Tickets are $50 per person. For Information and tickets call 203.968.1234
Catholics around the world will celebrate the feast day of St. Maximilian Kolbe on Monday. His story is one the church’s finest, though too few people—Christian or not—have heard it.
Kolbe was born to a German father and Polish mother in 1894. He entered the seminary at Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Holy Cross Church, at 750 Tahmore Drive, across from Lake Mohegan, Fairfield is having its annual picnic starting with a Polka Mass at 11 am on Sunday September 10. Live entertainment by the Polka Quads of Pennsylvania will start at Noon and run throughout the day.
Slovenian Read More ››
STRATFORD—All are invited to learn more about sharing our faith at Our Lady of Peace Parish Hall, Stratford. The speaker is Kevin Dowd on Wednesday, August 30 at 6:30 pm. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin Dowd is a doctoral candidate in theology and education at Boston College, working Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In this video, Bishop Frank Caggiano reflects compares prayer to cooking and suggests a “recipe” to enrich our prayer life.
“Since I was a little boy, my mother always made it a point to teach my sister and I how to cook. Cooking as an art demands Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—After nearly two years of construction, Sacred Heart University’s new Center for Healthcare Education is ready to open. Staff and faculty from the College of Health Professions and College of Nursing have moved into the state-of-the-art building, and students will begin their studies with the latest Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Faith Formation teacher, writer and presenter Susan Kay of Sadlier Religious will deliver a keynote on “Friendship” at the DRE/CRE Kick-Off Gathering set for August 28, in Queen of Saints Hall of the Catholic Center.
The morning will began with a welcome and breakfast at 8:30. Programs Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Join us! Become a tutor at Mercy Learning Center. As a volunteer tutor, you will be paired with one or more of Mercy Learning Center’s adult female students. No experience is necessary! All volunteer tutors attend a one-day training and receive ongoing support and professional development Read More ››
KENTUCKY—From June 24-July 2, a group of 42 students and chaperones traveled to Neon, Kentucky for Notre Dame’s 26th annual Appalachia trip. While in Kentucky, the group worked with HOMES, Inc., a group committed to building residential housing and providing low-interest mortgages for residents of this Read More ››
DANBURY—A group of elementary school students at St. Joseph School in Danbury had a vision of writing and performing in their very own school production. In May of 2016, they set to work on writing an original play that they hoped would one day be performed Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In this brief video, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano invites people throughout the diocese to join him in a day of prayer on September 23 pilgrimage to The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
“The purpose of a pilgrimage is to break from the ordinary routine Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In celebration of its 55th Anniversary, the Cardinal Shehan Center recently hosted its first ever Reunion at the Shehan Center at 1494 Main Street in Bridgeport.
The event drew current board members, former board members, current and former staff, donors, former Shehan Center members and friends, said Read More ››
NEWTOWN—Fr. Fernando Suarez will be returning to celebrate a Healing Mass at St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown on Tuesday, September 5 at 6:30 pm. He was with us back in August of 2013 and we are so blessed to have him back to St. Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Father Ray Petrucci and Dorothy Riera, co-hosts of the radio program “Thoughts for the Week” recently sat down with Diocesan Safe Environments leader Erin Neil and sexual abuse survivors to discuss healing from clerical sexual abuse.
The program was recorded at Sacred Heart University radio studios and Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—No matter the position one takes on national migration policy, Pope Francis, Caritas Internationalis and national Catholic charities across the globe want Catholics to meet a migrant or refugee and listen to his or her story.
In late September, Pope Francis will launch the “Share the Read More ››
DANBURY—“You can take the boy out of Brooklyn, but you can’t take Brooklyn out of the boy,” says Father Angelo Arrando proudly, even though “the boy” has spent the last 27 years in the quiet green hills of Danbury as pastor of St. Gregory the Great Read More ››
NORWALK—Malta House, a residence in East Norwalk for homeless pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children, will hold a benefit concert featuring the acclaimed “The Midtown Men” on Saturday, September 30, at 8 pm at The Palace in Stamford. Tickets are on sale Read More ››
TRUMBULL—During the last week in June, St. Theresa Parish hosted its seventh annual Vacation Bible Camp, with about 140 campers attending. This year’s theme, “Our Lady of Fatima: the Blessed Mother Speaks to the Children,” was chosen in honor of the hundredth anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has announced plans for a one-day pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, September 23.
Buses will depart at 7 am from St. Jude Parish in Monroe, the Catholic Center in Bridgeport and Read More ››
TRUMBULL—The annual Fan the Fire youth rally will be moving to a new location this year at St. Joseph High School in Trumbull.
The event, scheduled for Saturday, August 19th, 9 am to 9 pm, is a day of prayer, fun and inspiration for young people.
“Building on Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Although I met my maternal grandfather only once, he left a deep impression upon me. The year was 1965 and I was 6 years old when my parents returned to Italy for the first time since their immigration to the United States. The occasion was my Read More ››
NORWALK-Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council No. 14360 became Norwalk’s third Knights of Columbus council on July 25, 2007. It was the first time in a century that a new council in Norwalk was founded. Persistence paid off when parishioner and first Grand Knight Gerry Grippe Read More ››