Articles By: Renee Stamatis

Front and Center

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

Kevin Dowd is a doctoral candidate in theology and education at Boston College, working Read More ››

The Art of Prayer

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 ››

I call you friends

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 ››

Prayer in Motion!

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 ››

Fan the Fire

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

Roundtable says church must ‘recruit, empower’ diverse lay leaders

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 ››

Rowing Towards God

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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 ››

Pope, English Church Leaders Offer Prayers After Manchester Arena attack

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 ››