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 ››
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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 ››
FAIRFIELD—Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Sacred Heart University’s rating to A3 from Baa1, with a stable outlook. The upgrade acknowledges the University’s very strong financial performance, according to Moody’s. “This performance has been primarily driven by the University’s strong student demand, translating into robust enrollment and Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—You will want to view this inspiring video on vocations to the priesthood provided by the Serra Club of Bridgeport.
The goal of the Serra Club is to promote vocations to the priesthood and other forms of consecrated religious life in the Catholic Church.
Deacon David Flynn of Read More ››
STAMFORD—Sunday, July 23 was a very festive day at St. Camillus Center in Stamford. One of the residents, James Edward Nickerson was baptized and received his First Holy Communion.
Born in 1970, his family had ‘dedicated’ him to the Lord in a religious ceremony when he was Read More ››
NEW YORK—U.S. Catholic China Bureau (the Bureau)’s 27th Biennial National Conference will be held at St. John’s University in New York during August 11-13, 2017. As the important gathering about the Catholic Church in China, the conference,brings together clergy, religious brothers and sisters, and lay people of different Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—St. Vincent’s Farm Stand will host a cooking demo by a local chef Tuesday, July 18 from 12 noon-1 pm at the site of its farmers market, located immediately in front of its main entrance. The event is free and open to the public and is Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Twenty-four high school students from across the state were selected to attend the second annual SHU Journey residential mentoring program in late June. The Lilly Endowment Summer Theological Institute for High School Youth provided funding for the weeklong event.
“The grant is to educate youth in their Read More ››
ORLANDO, FLORIDA More than 100 Catholic leaders attending the Leadership Roundtable’s annual convening in Orlando said the church needs to go beyond “engaging laity” to “appointing, recruiting, promoting and empowering diverse lay leaders.”
“This requires laity and ordained being in right relationship as co-responsible for the mission” Read More ››
The Bridgeport, Connecticut, shepherd shares his thoughts on the Convocation for Catholic Leaders and the road ahead.
Bishop Frank Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, received an enthusiastic round of applause during the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America” July 1-4 Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Fairfield County’s Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education awarded $951,214 in grants to 52 local organizations throughout Fairfield County in the last year, they announced today. The local non-profit foundation supports educational and social programs that serve the neediest families and individuals of Fair-field county.
“We saw Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Blessed Sacrament Parish will gratefully, proudly, musically and prayerfully celebrate its 100th Anniversary years on the weekend of September 30-October 1.
All are invited to a celebratory dinner on September 30th at Vazzano’s Four Seasons Restaurant in Stratford (7-10 pm) featuring talent from the parish and a Read More ››
STRATFORD—A new Administrator was recently appointed at St. Mark School in Stratford. Mr. Scott Clough assumed the post of Principal, effective July 1, 2017. Clough replaces Mrs. Donna Wuhrer, who retired from the position after 3 years as school leader.
Clough, the unanimous first choice of the Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Fairfield County’s Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education has teamed up with Fairfield County Look magazine for a unique opportunity to benefit the neediest families of Fairfield County this summer.
A limited number of charity tickets for a special VIP experience on Sunday, July 9th at Greenwich Read More ››
HARTFORD—Award-winning journalist and best-selling author Raymond Arroyo of EWTN News will be the keynote speaker at the 10th annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference on October 21.
The day-long program, which will be held at St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol, will also include presentations by Bishop Read More ››
STAMFORD—Our Lady Star of the Sea is hosting a French Children’s Choir under the direction of Francis Bardot on Sunday, July 9, at 6.30, in the Church, 1200 Shippan Avenue, Stamford.
“This will be a wonderful experience!: said Ruth Rolander, leader of the Music Ministry at Our Read More ››
STAMFORD—A year ago last June, New Covenant Center (NCC) in Stamford launched the first “Social Night of Service”—a unique volunteer event targeted to young adults.
One night a month these 20 to 30-somethings rolled up their sleeves and cooked 150 meals for our Cafe guests while socializing Read More ››
WESTPORT—Composer and musician Marlane Tubridy, a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Weston, has released a new video of her composition, “The Voice Inside,”
“I chose to do the video now because of Pentecost and to bring awareness of the Holy Spirit being with us Read More ››
NORWALK—Father Joseph Koterski, S.J. will celebrate Mass for those with Down Syndrome along with their families and friends on Sunday, September 17, 9:30 am at St. Mary Church, 669 West Avenue in Norwalk.
St. Mary Parish also sponsors a Mom and Dad prayer and support group, Mother Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On Saturday, June 24, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will ordain three men as priests for the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Because two of the men are of Hispanic background, both born in Bogotá, Colombia, readings at the ordination will be in Spanish and English. Harry Prieto and José Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On June 27, 2017 at 3:30pm, community members from the Class of 28 from the Bridgeport Regional Business Council’s Leadership Greater Bridgeport Program, will unveil their completed project—a renovated movie room at the Cardinal Shehan Center, located at 1494 Main Street in Bridgeport.
This year long community Read More ››
Somehow a garden is not complete without a statue—and it’s interesting to note how many religious statues work their way into local gardens.
I have a statue of St. Francis of Assisi in my front yard. He stands surrounded by a ring of giant hosta beneath our Read More ››
STRATFORD—Holy Name of Jesus Church, 1950 Barnum Ave, Stratford, will celebrate a Memorial Mass in memory of our former pastor, Msgr. Peter Dora on Wednesday, July 5 at 7:00 pm.
A native of Stamford, Msgr. Dora was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Walter W. Curtis on Read More ››
BROOKFIELD—on June 16, Peter Brady, the “Boss Man” of Handy Dandy Handyman Ministry (HDHM) was honored by the first-grade class at St. Joseph School, Brookfield, with a check donation to the ministry’s many causes. The group began in 1999, when Brady got an inspiration while attending Read More ››
Stay tuned for more information on the Cardinal Shehan Center’s 12th Annual Dodge Ball Tournament which will be held on Tuesday, July 11 at InSports Centers, 29 Trefoil Drive, Trumbull! All proceeds benefit our After School and Saturday Program.
When he celebrated his 60th anniversary this May, Father Mark Connolly was also celebrating as many years in radio and television production.
A native of Boston, Father Connolly was ordained to the priesthood on May 3, 1957. He specialized in the field of theology and psychology while Read More ››
WESTPORT—St. Luke Church in Westport will host the renowned author and theologian, Jesuit Father James Martin, will be speaking here at Saint Luke on Thursday, June 29 at 7:30 pm to discuss and sign copies of his new book on the Church’s relationship with the L-G-B-T Read More ››
DANBURY—Dr. Patrick D. Higgins, a Bethel resident, will assume the post of school Principal of Immaculate High School on July 1.
Dr. Higgins will take the seat of former Principal Joe Carmen, who resigned from the position during the summer of 2016 to take a position as Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On Thursday, June 15th, Deb Smith, Catholic Charities’ Director of Housing, was invited to attend the awards ceremony and dinner sponsored by the Partnership for Strong Communities where Ben Vereen was the keynote speaker.
Smith is a member of the Supportive Housing Works, Inc. and CT Coalition Read More ››
WILTON—Loretta Kelly McCarthy, of Wilton, passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on June 8, 2017 at the age of 86. Kelly gave the world 6 beloved children: Laurie, Maureen, Kathleen, Christeen, Patrick and Michael, 14 treasured grandchildren and 2 great–grandchildren. She leaves behind Read More ››
Knights of Columbus councils are known for serving the greater good of their parishes and local communities, and many times they work as individual councils. Two years ago, Councils 14360 at St. Matthew Norwalk and 11077 at Our Lady of the Assumption Fairfield discovered if they Read More ››
It is rare that I remember any of my dreams. Last night, however, was an exception. Towards 3:00 am, I woke up in the middle of a dream, vividly remembering one scene. It was an incident that happened last year when I visited a classmate’s summer Read More ››
NEW YORK—Patrick Turner, Director of Strategic and Pastoral Planning for the Diocese of Bridgeport, recently spoke to a group of sixteen Armenian Church of America priests who were gathered in Armonk, NY, for a three-day Parish Management workshop.
The workshop was organized by Villanova University’s Center for Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—To involve young people in preparations for the Synod of Bishops on youth in 2018, the Vatican has released an online questionnaire to better understand the lives, attitudes and concerns of 16 – 29-year-olds around the world.
The questionnaire—available in English, Spanish, French and Italian—can be Read More ››
STAMFORD—Monsignor Thaddeus Malanowski, 95, retired Brigadier General in the United States Army, and native son of Stamford’s Holy Name of Jesus Parish, celebrated the 70th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on May 28th at Holy Name of Jesus Church. He was joined on the Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On June 5, 2017-June 9, 2017, the City of Bridgeport in collaboration with the Cardinal Shehan Center will host a free weeklong after school swim camp for 120 Bridgeport youth ages 5 through 11 years old. The program begins at 3:30 pm and ends at 5:30 Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School’s Spring Musical Fiddler on the Roof, produced and performed by IHS’ award-winning Fine Arts Department, won three Halo Awards, including the esteemed Best Classical Musical award. The Halo awards are presented by Seven Angels Theatre and are the most prestigious high school theater Read More ››
TRUMBULL—The major relic of St. Anthony of Padua will be coming to St. Theresa Church in Trumbull on Friday, June 9. The public is invited to the Masses and the hours of veneration for this popular saint.
Masses will be at 12 noon and 5:30 pm. Veneration Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank Caggiano will host a virtual Town Hall Meeting tomorrow on Wednesday, May 31st at 12:30 pm. The meeting will take place on the Bishop’s Facebook page (Bishop Frank J. Caggiano), airing on Facebook Live.
The Bishop’s Town Hall Meeting will be the second in a Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School junior and Newtown resident Albert “A.J.” Vitiello received a National Medal in Flash Fiction from the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, placing him in the top one percent of all submissions. Out of 330,000 submissions from students in grades 7-12, only 2,736 Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis met Wednesday morning with U.S. President Donald Trump, speaking privately in the apostolic palace with him for about 30 minutes and asking later that he work for peace in the world.
The atmosphere for the first encounter between the two world leaders, known to Read More ››
MARYKNOLL—Father Daniel Siwoo Kim of Cerritos, California, and the Diocese of Orange and Father Peter Latouf of Detroit, Michigan, and the Archdiocese of Detroit soon will travel to Hong Kong as they begin their service in mission following their ordinations into the Maryknoll Society.
Father Kim, 34, Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School student-athlete Rachel Meurer signed a National Letter of Intent to attend St. Lawrence University for Fall 2017 at a special signing ceremony recently.
The Danbury resident will continue her swimming career at St. Lawrence College in Canton, NY. Rachel was one of the founding Read More ››
MANCHESTER, England—Pope Francis decried the “barbaric attack” on concertgoers in Manchester, adding his voice to Catholic leaders dismayed at what British officials said was the deadliest case of terrorism since 2005.
In a telegram sent to English church officials on Pope Francis’ behalf, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Read More ››
DANBURY—On a dark, overcast Sunday afternoon, a choir of voices can be heard coming down State Street in Danbury, walking toward Elmwood Park, singing “Alleluia,” amid drums, tambourines, and guitars. The voices of children, youth and adults grow louder as they approach the park.
The group of Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Vicki Briggs, FACHE, has been appointed president and chief executive officer of St. Vincent’s Medical Center, effective July 1. St. Vincent’s Vince Caponi is part of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system. Briggs will succeed Vincent Read More ››
RIVERSIDE—Dinner with a Cause sponsored by the St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Riverside, Social Justice Committee features Building 1 Community (formerly Neighbor’s Link Stamford) on Thursday, May 18. Catalina Horak, executive director, will explain its mission to bring people together to help immigrants and their families Read More ››
WILTON—The U.S. Province of the Congregation of Notre Dame is blessed with wonderful friends. Among these friends is a family who came to know the CNDs through a Sister serving in their parish. This Sister introduced the family (they have requested anonymity) to CND spirituality and Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Leland Melvin, NASA astronaut, will be addressing 6th-8th graders from the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport school in Sacred Heart University’s Performing Arts Center on Monday, May 22nd at 9 am.
Following that, he will be visiting two of the campuses: St. Raphael’s to read to children grades Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Fairfield University celebrates its 67th Commencement on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Graduate and Undergraduate ceremonies will be held on the Bellarmine Lawn on the University campus, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield,
Undergraduate ceremony will start at 9:30 am. The graduate ceremony is scheduled, 3:00 pm.
The total number Read More ››
There have always been priests for every major moment in religious life, from baptisms to weddings to funerals. But that’s a luxury we soon won’t be able to take for granted, said Deacon David Flynn, who serves at St. Jude Parish in Monroe.
“We have to be Read More ››
WILTON—Alexandra Fordsman, 12, stood before a crowded room at Our Lady of Fatima Parish Saturday late afternoon.
She raised her arms with her elbows bent and held a rosary in her left hand, as three children knelt in front of her.
The scene re-enacted by the parish’s youth Read More ››
DARIEN—There was an excitement in the room at Woodway Country Club last night at the second Foundations in Education Spring Gala, which drew business and education leaders throughout Fairfield County.
The event lived up to its billing in an evening filled with high spirits, generous giving and Read More ››
DANBURY—Student-athletes from Immaculate High School (IHS) made their commitments to colleges for Fall 2017 at a special signing ceremony recently. Caroline Beal of Newtown and Christian Morris of Danbury signed National Letters of Intent.
Caroline Beal will attend Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where she Read More ››
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued a response to President Donald J. Trump’s executive order signed this morning.
Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement follows:
“Today’s Executive Order begins the process of alleviating the serious burden Read More ››
PEORIA, Ill.—After riding bicycles a little more than 340 miles over five days, three young priests of the Diocese of Peoria sailed across the Indiana state line April 28, bringing Priests Pedaling for Prayers to a close.
“It does seem a little surreal,” Father Tom Otto said Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Jennings Beach Carnival at South Benson Road, Fairfield, sponsored by Holy Family Parish, will be held Friday-Sunday, May 19 – 21 with rides and games, food, a free concert by School of Rock, and a chance to win over $30,000 in prizes!
Friday, 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday, 1:00pm Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Foundations in Education, which benefits Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport, will honor business leader George F. Landegger, Sister Joan Magnetti, executive director of the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport, and Tony Pavia, Stamford educator and principal, at a gala on May 11 at Woodway Read More ››
STAMFORD—Matthew Buchkowski knows tuition won’t be his only expense when he goes to college in a few months.
College students usually also have to pay for university fees, room and board, transportation, books, supplies, food, cellphone bills and numerous other personal expenses, including haircuts, laundry—the list goes Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—On Monday, May 22, Fairfield University will host an information session about the Residential College Mentoring Program at 7:00pm in Alumni House.
The Residential Colleges at Fairfield University are a signature program integrating living and learning in the context of a Jesuit education. This established, award-winning program Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The journey for delegates of Synod 2014 will formally come to an end on Saturday, April 29, with a wrap-up session at Family Center of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull. It will be the fourth and final post-synod meeting to update delegates about the Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University students will have another guide to help their progress through college with the creation of a new staff position: executive director of student success. Sean Heffron, who will take on the position May 1, will play a critical role in the University’s efforts Read More ››
TRUMBULL—“Father Terrence Walsh is a man of great, generous and priestly heart,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano at the installation of Father Walsh as pastor of Christ the King Parish in Trumbull. “He is a man who fixes his eyes on the Word of God, a Read More ››
“La gente de fe siempre querrá ayudar a otros”, dice el Padre Gustavo Falla, párroco de Santa María y San Benedicto-Nuestra Señora de Montserrat en Stamford. “Cuando la fe entra en acción, las personas de fe ofrecen lo que tienen como testimonio personal. Es así como Read More ››
“People of faith want to reach out to other people,” says Father Gustavo Falla, pastor of St. Benedict-Our Lady of Montserrat Parish in Stamford and nearby St. Mary Parish.
“I have seen faith in action, people whose personal testimony of faith is touching hearts, touching lives. Faith Read More ››
NORWALK—The Rev. Michael Boccaccio doesn’t believe in reincarnation. He is Catholic after all.
But if, by some chance, he does come back in another life, he wants to be a seagull.
“I love flying, I love the sea, and I’d love to leave my signature on a few Read More ››
“For me it was really the kids,” says Jessica Carroll, explaining why she and her husband Brian agreed to become lay chairs at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull for the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal. “They are at the age, nine and ten years old, Read More ››
“It was a calling,” say Elena and Steve Schlegel, who have accepted the invitation to be lay co-chairs of the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA). “When we were vice chairs this past year we learned about so many wonderful ministries supported by the appeal and met Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The ACA got off to a spirited start in the Bridgeport area, where at 300 people filled the Queen of Saints Hall at the Catholic Center for the kickoff reception for 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal.
Parishioners from St. Margaret Shrine, St. George, St. Charles Borromeo, the Cathedral Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—From the first notes of “Here I am Lord” to the final “Lift High the Cross,” the Spring Concert of the Diocesan Youth Choir resounded with the voice and spirit of young people across the diocese.
It capped an uplifting afternoon at St. Augustine Cathedral, which began Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—On July 1st, 2017 Mark R. Nemec, PhD will become the 9th President of Fairfield University. Additionally, Dr. Nemec will join the politics department as a professor within the College of Arts and Sciences.
A graduate of Loyola High School, Jesuit College Preparatory in Los Angeles, Dr. Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—It’s probably safe to say that if you were in or around Bridgeport on Thursday, April 23, 1987, at 1:36 pm, you remember where and when you were when you first heard of the L’Ambiance Plaza collapse, the worst construction accident in Connecticut’s history, instantly claiming Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Lawrence W. Arszyla Sr. age 76 of Bridgeport, beloved husband of 53 years to Janice Fazekas Arszyla passed away suddenly at home on Friday April 21, 2017. Born in Bridgeport, Conn. on September 23, 1940 to the late Joseph and Margaret York Arszyla.
Larry served in the Read More ››