Cardinal Shehan Center Reunion celebrates history and future

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 Lorraine Gibbons, Shehan’s Director of Development.

Terry O’Connor, Executive Director of the Center, thanked all for being a part of the historic event. He provided information on the new programs the center provides, as well as, upcoming renovations to the facility, which was originally opened in 1883 as an armory and donated to the diocese in 1961..

Guests were treated to hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, and were able to view displays and photographs of the center’s 55 years including viewing pictures of the center’s dedication on July 29, 1962.

In addition to the historic gym, the Shehan Center houses an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, game room, arts & crafts room, member’s lounge, dark room, computer lab, library and outdoor facilities.

The Shehan Center offers a wide range of educational and recreational programs including after-school and tutoring programs, mentoring, basketball camp and leagues, swimming lessons, summer camp and physical educations. Throughout the year it also sponsors a wide range of events that involve the entire community such as the Red Ribbon Ball, the Great Shehan Trivia Contest, the Dodge Ball Tournament, golf classics, March Madness basketball tournament and other activities.

The Cardinal Shehan Center serves young people of all faith. It is located at 1494 Main Street in Bridgeport. For information or to make a gift to the capital campaign, call 203.336.4468.Online at:

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