BRIDGEPORT—Among those interviewed, for the new PBS series “The Italian Americans” is new Bridgeport Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, a native of Brooklyn and lifelong resident until his installation as leader of the Church in Fairfield County in 2013. Born in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn on Easter Sunday March 29, 1959, the son of a longshoreman and the second of two children.
His parents, Arnaldo and Gennarina Caggiano, came to this country in 1958 from the town of Caggiano in the province of Salerno, Italy. He grew up in Saints Simon and Jude Church and attended the parish’s grammar school. The Bishop’s education continued at Regis High School in Manhattan, conducted by the Jesuits, where he was a member of the class of 1977. After a stint at Yale, he entered the seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in May 1987. The Bishop has struck and instant and admiring rapport with Catholics in Fairfield County, which has a large Italian-American population. Among the people interviewed are along with Bishop Caggiano Mario Cuomo, Bill deBlasio, Sen. Al Damato, Maria Bartiromo and others.
The airing schedule for The Italian American is:
Tuesday February 17th and 24th at 8:00 pm on PBS Channel 13 (NY)
Sunday, February 15th and 22nd at 9:00 pm on PBS Channel 21 (LI)
Thursday, February 26th and March 2nd on NJTV.