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Welcoming the Divine Guest

Could you ever imagine inviting a guest into your home and then ignoring his or her presence? Under normal circumstances, such behavior would demonstrate bad will or a total lack of regard for the person visiting. In the home that I grow us in, such behavior would be unimaginable.
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Loving the Things that God Loves

Saint Thomas once taught his students that to love God means to love all the things that God loves. In light of this simple and profound truth, I am most grateful to all the mothers, living and deceased, who taught their spouses, children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends the things that God loves the most!

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Feeling God’s Presence in the Little Things

Yesterday I began spring cleaning in the apartment in Brooklyn. In this way, I am continuing a tradition that my mother observed for all the years of her life. For mom, spring cleaning meant washing all the windows, draperies, cleaning out the closets, getting the backyard ready for entertaining and so much more. To be honest, my version of spring cleaning is not as thorough as my mother’s, but it is better than nothing!
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We Should Not Wait for Any Special Occasion to Say “Thank You”

The following reflection on thankfulness originally appeared on Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook page. Follow the Bishop for daily reflections and weekly videos! 

As I was driving back from the Diaconate Convocation held at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, I was struck with a deep sense of gratitude to the Lord. It was a profound feeling of thanks that at first surprised me because it was so spontaneous. It was a spirit of thankfulness not simply for the opportunity to reconnect with many friends, but for the great gift of my priestly ministry and how it has blessed my life.

While I know that I have many faults and failings, nonetheless the Lord called me to share in His ministerial priesthood. It is a gift that no priest or bishop deserves or can earn on his own. Yet, through the many occasions for ministry that I have experienced over the years and continues each day, I have been invited into the lives of many wonderful women and men of faith, courage and strength. They have taught me the true meaning of service, the joy of friendship, the power of the Gospel and the gift of consolation in times of challenge and struggle.

Many times I take for granted the blessings of my life. Last night helped remind me that gratitude should be my response to everything I experience and everyone I meet each day. For there is so much to be thankful for, and I should not have to wait for any special occasion to say “thank you”.

Serving as Instruments of God’s Mercy in the World

The following reflection on Divine Mercy Sunday originally appeared on Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook page. Follow the Bishop for daily reflections and weekly videos as we journey through this Easter season together!

On Divine Mercy Sunday, we pray that the mercy of the Lord will help convert and heal our sinful hearts and for strength to attend to the needs of those around us with true, selfless love.
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Three Holy Days

Bishop Frank invites you to walk with the Lord in these Three Holy Days, to discover what really matters in life, and to discover, in the empty tomb on Easter Sunday, the victory that will be ours, in Christ.

Click below to watch the latest Face of Prayer video from Bishop Caggiano.
 
 
 


Carrying Our Daily Crosses

The following reflection on Holy Week originally appeared on Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook page. Follow the Bishop for daily reflections and weekly videos as we journey through this sacred season together!

As we approach Holy Week, many parishes follow the ancient custom of covering all sacred images, statues and crosses in purple cloth, in part to draw our attention to the sacred time that begins in Holy Week. It also forces us to recall the image of the cross in our mind, since we cannot see it with our eyes. Such an exercise helps each of us to realize how much we take for granted the Cross of Christ, with all the suffering that it conveys.

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Reflecting on the Example of St. Joseph

The following reflection on St. Joseph originally appeared on Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook page. Follow the Bishop for daily reflections and weekly videos throughout this sacred season!

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Entering the Desert: A Reflection from Bishop Frank

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During his time in the Holy Land, Bishop Frank and 30 Young Adults took a surprise detour to the desert before entering the holy city of Jerusalem. Read his reflection from that surprising moment here:

One of the most powerful moments during my recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land was an unexpected detour into the Judean desert. Our guide, Father Paul, called it his “surprise”. In fact, the Lord also had many surprises to offer me and my fellow pilgrims during the 30 minutes we spent in the desert.

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Bishop Reflects on Annual March for Life

When I was a little boy, the highpoint of my family’s Christmas preparations was our annual visit to Radio City Music Hall to attend its Christmas show. In addition to the energy and excitement of the city itself, I was always deeply impressed with the live depiction of the Nativity that has traditionally closed the show for generations.
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Bishop talks Social Media with Fox News

CONNECTICUT (FOX5NY.COM) – Bishop Frank Caggiano recently got some social media suggestions from Kolbe Cathedral High School students in Bridgeport, Connecticut. You might say he is a social media sensation—at least inside the Bridgeport Catholic Diocese. A YouTube video posted to the bishop’s Facebook page got 70,000 views.
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St. Augustine Medal Recipients “Work Wonders”


Click here to view the 2017 St. Augustine Medal Recipients

Saint Mary School, Bethel: Mr. Bob & Mrs. Ann Stosser
Nominated by Mr. Greg Viceroy, Principal

Saint Mary Parish, Bethel: Ms. Rose Schlemmer
Nominated by Reverend Corey V. Piccinino, Pastor

Blessed Sacrament Parish, Bridgeport: Deacon Ricardo Martinez & Mr. Erick Martinez
Nominated by Reverend Joseph J. Karcsinski, Parochial Administrator

Catholic Academy of Bridgeport, Bridgeport: Mr. James L. Bailey
Nominated by Sister Joan Magnetti, RSCJ, Executive Director

Kolbe Cathedral High School, Bridgeport: Mr. Michael & Mrs. Sharon Federici
Nominated by Mr. Henry Rondon, Principal

Office of Development, Bridgeport: Mr. Thomas Kolenberg
Nominated by Mr. Bill McLean, Chief Development Officer

Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Bridgeport: Mr. Manuel & Mrs. Irene Coutinho
Nominated by Reverend José B. Alves, Pastor

Our Lady of Good Counsel Chapel, Bridgeport: Mr. Joseph Varhidi
Nominated by Reverend Eugene R. Szantyr, Pastor

Saint Andrew Parish, Bridgeport: Mr. Charles Richardson
Nominated by Reverend Eugene R. Szantyr, Pastor

Saint Andrew Academy, Bridgeport: Ms. Nicole Rivera
Nominated by Mrs. Lori Wilson, Principal

Saint Ann Academy, Bridgeport: Ms. Sandra Santa
Nominated by Mrs. Patricia Griffin, Principal

Saint Ann Parish, Bridgeport: Mr. William & Mrs. Nora Verespie
Nominated by Reverend Peter J. Lynch, Pastor

Saint Augustine Academy, Bridgeport: Mr. Todd Van Ness
Nominated by Dr. Debi Boccanfuso, Principal

Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, Bridgeport: Mr. Gustavo & Mrs. Cristiana Murta
Nominated by Reverend Francisco Gomez-Franco, Pastor

Saint George Parish, Bridgeport: Ms. Sonia Ortiz
Nominated by Reverend Elio Albano Sosa, IVE, Parochial Administrator

Saint Margaret Shrine, Bridgeport: Mr. Ed & Mrs. Ann Mastrone
Nominated by Reverend Giandomenico Flora, Rector

Saint Mary Parish, Bridgeport: Mr. Emilio & Mrs. Guillermina Alicea
Nominated by Reverend Rolando Torres, Pastor

Saint Peter Parish, Bridgeport: Mr. Felix & Mrs. Brunilda Arbelo
Nominated by Reverend José Rebaque, Parochial Administrator

Saint Raphael Academy, Bridgeport: Mrs. Ilene Ianniello
Nominated by Sister Christine Hoffner, Principal

The Cathedral Parish, Bridgeport: Mr. Carlos & Mrs. Griselda Ortiz
Nominated by Reverend F. John Ringley, Pastor

Saint Joseph School, Brookfield: Ms. Mary Jo Howe
Nominated by Ms. Dina Monti, Principal

Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish, Brookfield: Mr. Donald & Mrs. Claudette Perley
Nominated by Reverend Shawn W. Cutler, Pastor

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Danbury: Mr. Jose & Mrs. Adelia Santos
Nominated by Reverend Jose Brito-Martins, Parochial Administrator

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Danbury: Mr. Luis & Mrs. Rosa Guachon
Nominated by Reverend John Jairo Perez, Pastor

Saint Gregory the Great Parish, Danbury: Mr. Peter Buzaid
Nominated by Reverend Jeffrey Couture, former Parochial Administrator

Saint Gregory the Great School, Danbury: Mr. Michael & Mrs. Sally Wilson
Nominated by Mrs. Suzanne Curra, Principal

Saint Joseph Parish, Danbury: Mr. Joseph Bromley
Nominated by Reverend Samuel V. Scott, Pastor

Saint Joseph School, Danbury: Mr. Edovard & Mrs. Marilyn Vieux
Nominated by Mrs. Lisa Lanni, Principal

Saint Peter Parish, Danbury: Ms. Heloisa Neves
Nominated by Reverend Gregg D. Mecca, Pastor

Saint Peter School, Danbury: Ms. Mayra Clay
Nominated by Mrs. Mary McCormack, Principal

Saint John Parish, Darien: Mr. William Frazier
Nominated by Reverend Francis T. Hoffmann, Pastor

Saint Thomas More Parish, Darien: Mr. James Davis
Nominated by Reverend Paul G. Murphy, Pastor

Notre Dame Parish, Easton: Mr. William & Mrs. Cheryl Constand
Nominated by Reverend Michael P. Lyons, Pastor

Holy Cross Parish, Fairfield: Mr. John & Mrs. Marie Adams
Nominated by Reverend Alfred F. Pecaric, Pastor

Holy Family Parish, Fairfield: Mr. Al & Mrs. Marylou Edwards
Nominated by Reverend Norman J. Guilbert, Pastor

Notre Dame High School, Fairfield: Ms. Kathy Rohr
Nominated by Mr. Chris Cipriano, Principal

Our Lady of Assumption School, Fairfield: Ms. Jody Gourley
Nominated by Mr. Steve Santoli, Principal

Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Fairfield: Mr. Michael & Mrs. Diane Kane
Nominated by Reverend Peter A. Cipriani, Pastor

Saint Anthony of Padua Parish, Fairfield: Mrs. Kyle Ann McCarthy
Nominated by Reverend John P. Baran, Pastor

Saint Catherine Academy, Fairfield: Ms. Virginia Aoyama
Nominated by Mr. Brian Farrell, Director or Eduation/Principal

Saint Emery Parish, Fairfield: Mr. Nicholas & Mrs. Laureen Pekar
Nominated by Reverend Milan Dimic, Pastor

Saint Pius X Parish, Fairfield: Mr. Robert Guman
Nominated by Reverend Samuel Kachuba, Pastor

Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish, Fairfield: Mr. Glenn & Mrs. Patricia Hansen
Nominated by Reverend Victor T. Martin, Pastor

Saint Thomas Aquinas School, Fairfield: Mr. Joseph Draper
Nominated by Mr. Steve Anderson, Principal

Sacred Heart Parish, Georgetown: Mr. Robert & Mrs. Janet Glennan
Nominated by Reverend David C. Leopold, Pastor

Greenwich Catholic School, Greenwich: Mr. Robert & Mrs. Bonnie Tuite
Nominated by Mrs. Patrice Kopas, Principal

Sacred Heart Parish, Greenwich: Mr. John Innominato
Nominated by Reverend Bose Raja Selvaraj, Pastor

Saint Agnes Parish, Greenwich: Mr. James & Mrs. Marguerita Salerno
Nominated by Reverend James A. McDevitt, Pastor

Saint Mary Parish, Greenwich: Mr. Laurence Mabes, Jr.
Nominated by Reverend Cyprian P. LaPastina, Pastor

Saint Michael the Archangel Parish, Greenwich: Ms. Lynn Ambrosino
Nominated by Reverend Ian M. Jeremiah, Pastor

Saint Paul Parish, Greenwich: Ms. Dorothy Mitchell
Nominated by Reverend Leszek Szymaszek, Pastor

Saint Roch Parish, Greenwich: Ms. Emperatriz Constante
Nominated by Reverend Arthur C. Mollenhauer, Pastor

Saint Jude Parish, Monroe: Mr. Jeff & Mrs. Liz Romeo
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Dariusz J. Zielonka, Pastor

Saint Aloysius Parish, New Canaan: Mr. Michael & Mrs. Mary Aldrich
Nominated by Reverend Robert M. Kinnally, Pastor

Saint Aloysius School, New Canaan: Mr. Mike & Mrs. Lindsay Pignataro
Nominated by Mr. Bardhyl Gjoka, PrincipalSaint Edward the Confessor Parish, New Fairfield: Mr. Alan & Mrs. Jane Liner
Nominated by Reverend Nicholas A. Cirillo, Pastor

Saint Rose of Lima Parish, Newtown: Mr. Robert & Mrs. Patricia Llodra
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Robert E. Weiss, Pastor

Saint Rose of Lima School, Newtown: Mr. Sean & Mrs. Maureen Kerins
Nominated by Sister Colleen Smith, ASCJ, Principal

All Saints School, Norwalk: Mr. Salvatore Calise
Nominated by Mrs. Linda Dunn, Principal

Saint Jerome Parish, Norwalk: Dr. Richard & Mrs. Annette Maiberger
Nominated by Reverend David W. Blanchfield, Pastor

Saint Joseph Parish, Norwalk: Mr. Pedro Hernandez
Nominated by Reverend Peter F. Lenox, Parochial Administrator

Saint Ladislaus Parish, Norwalk: Ms. Alicia Hernandez
Nominated by Reverend Juan Gabriel Acosta-Quevedo, Pastor

Saint Mary Parish, Norwalk: Mr. Stuart & Mrs. Jill Chessman
Nominated by Reverend Richard G. Cipolla, Pastor

Saint Matthew Parish, Norwalk: Ms. Elizabeth Dunne
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Walter C. Orlowski, Pastor

Saint Philip Parish, Norwalk: Mr. Otto de Pierne
Nominated by Reverend Sudhir DSouza, Pastor

Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish, Norwalk: Mr. Thomas Gorzkowski
Nominated by Reverend Mirek Stachurski, Pastor

Saint Patrick Parish, Redding Ridge: Mr. Thomas Ryan
Nominated by Reverend Joseph Cervero, Pastor

Saint Elizabeth Seton Parish, Ridgefield: Mr. James & Mrs. Cynthia Bruno
Nominated by Reverend Joseph A. Prince, Pastor

Saint Mary Parish, Ridgefield: Mr. Vincent Falotico
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Laurence R. Bronkiewicz, Pastor

Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, Riverside: Ms. Catherine Crowther
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Alan F. Detscher, Pastor

Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, Shelton: Mr. Edward Gavin
Nominated by Mrs. Laura Varrone, Principal

Saint Joseph Parish, Shelton: Ms. Mary Ann Miller
Nominated by Reverend Michael F. Dogali, Pastor

Saint Lawrence Parish, Shelton: Mr. Frank Masso, Jr.
Nominated by Reverend Michael K. Jones, Pastor

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish, Shelton: Mr. Robert & Mrs. Barbara Stellner
Nominated by Reverend Ciprian Bejan, Pastor

Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Stamford: Mr. Greg & Mrs. Agnes Rus
Nominated by Reverend Pawel M. Hrebenko, Pastor

Holy Spirit Parish, Stamford: Ms. Karen Pritchard
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Kevin T. Royal, Pastor

Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Stamford: Mr. Kenneth & Mrs. Anne Wiegand
Nominated by Reverend Piotr K. Smolik, Pastor

Sacred Heart Parish, Stamford: Ms. Barbara Cerulli
Nominated by Reverend Alfonso Picone, Pastor

Saint Benedict-Our Lady of Montserrat, Stamford: Ms. Jackie Hargraves
Nominated by Reverend Gustavo A. Falla, Pastor

Saint Bridget of Ireland Parish, Stamford: Mr. Nathaniel & Mrs. Patricia Belknap
Nominated by Reverend Edward McAuley, Pastor

Saint Cecilia Parish, Stamford: Mr. Charlie & Mrs. Lena Costello
Nominated by Reverend Albert G. Pinciaro, Pastor

Saint Gabriel Parish, Stamford: Ms. Teresita Senerador
Nominated by Reverend William M. Quinlan, Pastor

Saint Leo Parish, Stamford: Ms. Marcia Mandi
Nominated by Reverend James D. Grosso, Pastor

Saint Mary Parish, Stamford: Ms. Sally Campo, posthumously
Nominated by Reverend Gustavo A. Falla, Pastor

Saint Maurice Parish, Stamford: Mr. John & Mrs. Susan Pritting
Nominated by Reverend Alfred A. Riendeau, Pastor

The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist, Stamford: Mr. David & Mrs. Janet Lancaster
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Stephen M. DiGiovanni, Pastor

The Catholic Academy of Stamford, Stamford: Mr. Harold Spitzfaden
Nominated by Ms. Patricia Brady, Head of School

Trinity Catholic High School, Stamford: Mr. Michael & Mrs. Mary Ann O’Leary
Nominated by Mr. David Williams, Principal

Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Stratford: Mr. Greg Moreau
Nominated by Reverend Andrew G. Marus, Pastor

Our Lady of Grace Parish, Stratford: Mr. Brian & Mrs. Paula Latham
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Martin P. Ryan, Pastor

Our Lady of Peace Parish, Stratford: Ms. Mary Ann Palmiero
Nominated by Reverend Nicholas S. Pavia, Pastor

Saint James Parish, Stratford: Mr. Dan & Mrs. Jen Caron
Nominated by Reverend Thomas F. Lynch, Pastor

Saint James School, Stratford: Mr. Richard & Mrs. Jessica Curran
Nominated by Mr. Jack Lynch, Principal

Saint Mark Parish, Stratford: Mr. Michael Mollica
Nominated by Reverend Birendra Soreng, Pastor

Saint Mark School, Stratford: Ms. Theresa Sciallo
Nominated by Mr. Scott Clough, Principal

Christ the King Parish, Trumbull: Mr. Bob & Mrs. Pat Silk
Nominated by Reverend Terrence P. Walsh, Pastor

Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, Trumbull: Mrs. Patrica Capozzi
Nominated by Reverend Joseph A. Marcello, Pastor

Saint Catherine of Siena School, Trumbull: Mrs. Mary Dineen
Nominated by Ms. Eunice Giaquinto, Principal

Saint Stephen Parish, Trumbull: Ms. Doris Torok
Nominated by Reverend Christopher J. Samele, Pastor

Saint Theresa Parish, Trumbull: Mr. John & Mrs. Anne Connaughton
Nominated by Reverend Brian P. Gannon, Pastor

Saint Theresa School, Trumbull: Mr. Carmine Pasacreta
Nominated by Mr. Salvatore Vittoria, Principal

Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, Weston: Mr. Christian Eidt
Nominated by Reverend Michael L. Dunn, former Pastor

Church of the Assumption Parish, Westport: Mr. Robert & Mrs. Veronica Estony
Nominated by Reverend Thomas P. Thorne, Pastor

Saint Luke Parish, Westport: Mr. Bill & Mrs. Judy Wanat
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Andrew G. Varga, Pastor

Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Wilton: Mr. Louis Furlo
Nominated by Reverend Reginald Norman, Pastor

Catholic Charities, Bridgeport: Mr. Peter Maloney
Nominated by Mr. Al Barber, President

Catholic Charities, Bridgeport: Mr. Ed Kearns
Nominated by Mr. Al Barber, President

Catholic Charities, Bridgeport: Ms. Shelia McEnery
Nominated by Mr. Al Barber, President

Saint Joseph Parish, Brookfield: Mr. Vincent, posthumously & Mrs. Andrea Lupo
Nominated by Reverend George F. O’Neill, Pastor

Immaculate High School, Danbury: Mr. Kevin Archer
Nominated by Mrs. Mary Maloney, President

Sacred Heart Parish, Danbury: Mr. William Jakubek
Nominated by Reverend Peter J. Towsley, Pastor

Saint Philip Parish, Norwalk: Mr. Otto de Pierne
Nominated by Reverend Sudhir DSouza, Pastor

Saint Mary School, Ridgefield: Mr. Scott Edwardson
Nominated by Mrs. Anna O’Rourke, Principal

BRIDGEPORT— “You may not be able to work miracles but you are wonder workers,” Bishop Caggiano told 175 St. Augustine Medal of Service recipients at St. Augustine Cathedral.
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Can the Catholic Church Keep Millennials From Passing it By?

August 15 marked two important events for New York-area Catholics this year. It was the feast of the Assumption of Mary. It was also the start of the Subway Series between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets. The Diocese of Bridgeport decided to celebrate both, with an event billed as “Baseball with the Bishop,” which is exactly what it sounds like.
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Bishop Caggiano Reflects on the Challenge of Sitting in Silence and Solitude

BRIDGEPORT— On October 6, we celebrated the feast of Saint Bruno, the founder of the Carthusian religious order. Following Saint Bruno’s example, Carthusian monks and nuns live in a monastic setting, devoting their lives to contemplation, silence and solitude. Their ministry is one of prayer and reflection, serving as spiritual intercessors for the Church.
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Don’t Go to Sleep Without Thanking the Lord

BRIDGEPORT— In this video Bishop Caggiano reminds us that a final prayer before going to sleep is a good way to examine our consciences and be reminded of God’s forgiveness and love for us. The bishop reminds us that evening prayer is an opportunity for us “to ask the Lord if we have offended him or our neighbor,” and be rewarded in the “freshness and renewal” that prayer can bring.
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Enthusiastic Response to Bishop’s Call to Pilgrimage in D.C.

BRIDGEPORT—People throughout the diocese are responding to Bishop Frank Caggiano’s call to join him in a diocesan pilgrimage to Washington D. C. on September 23.

As of today, the diocese has reserved more than 15 buses for the special, one-day pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for a day of prayer and worship.
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Bishops Ask for Peace After White Nationalist Rally Turns Deadly

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The bishop from the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Virginia called for peace following violence in Charlottesville late on Aug. 11 and subsequent events at the University of Virginia that left at least one person dead after a car plowed into a crowd on the afternoon of Aug. 12 during a white nationalist rally.
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Bishop reflects on the Feast of Ss. Joachim and Anne

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 youngest uncle’s wedding which took place in the small village where my parents were raised in the south of Italy. My grandfather’s kindness and generosity left a lasting mark on my life.

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Christ is the only savior of the Church, Bishop Caggiano says at USCCB Convocation

ORLANDO—The following is a video and transcript of Bishop Caggiano’s discussion on “How to Deal with Divisions in the Church.” (July 4, 2017 at the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America”)

“The truth is there is division that comes with the best of intentions and unbridled zeal. ‘I have all the answers. This is the way it’s going to work. This is going to save the Church’.
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Convocation Delegates sent home to imitate Jesus in reaching the margins

ORLANDO, FL— Jesus took a few loaves and fishes and turned them into a feast for thousands, offering the church an example of faith in action, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said in sending 3,500 delegates home from the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America.”

In the face of adversity and naysayers in today’s world—not unlike the apostles who wondered how they would feed the masses—the church is called to take what they have, as Jesus did and reap the rewards of achieving great things in the face of the impossible, Cardinal DiNardo said in his homily during the convocation’s closing Mass July 4.
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Give thanks to God for our freedom

Today we join together as a nation to celebrate the gift of our freedom as enshrined by our Constitution. We commemorate the founding of our nation that is built upon the belief that all people have a God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

We pause to give thanks for all those who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedom, especially those who have died in the line of duty both abroad and here at home. We also salute all the men and women who are working today to guard and protect our nation during these times of turmoil, terrorism and division.
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Changing landscape requires mutual accompaniment, Convocation hears

ORLANDO, FL—The U.S. Catholic Church’s increasing diversity presents Catholics with the opportunity to accompany each other on the journey of faith Pope Francis envisions, a Boston College professor told delegates to the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America” in Orlando.
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Bishop Caggiano to Speak at World Youth Day Unite!

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Young adults from the Diocese of Bridgeport have been invited to join other young people throughout the U.S. for the celebration of World Youth Day Unite in Washington D. C. on Saturday July 22, at the St. John Paul II National Shrine from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm.

World Youth Day UNITE is a national festival where thousands of young adults and young families gather in Washington, D.C. for amazing worship, inspiring talks, engaging break out groups, and more.
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Place Your Fears at the Foot of the Cross

BRIDGEPORT—”In yesterday’s Gospel, the Lord directed his disciples three times to cast out fear from their lives. He told them that they had nothing to fear in this life, except the evil one who could threaten their spiritual lives.

I find this command not always easy to follow. Fears often creep into my heart and perhaps into yours as well. They are fears that threaten to paralyze our ability to respond as the Lord desires. There are personal fears (health fears that come with growing older, fears regarding a variety of issues that exist in my larger family and among my friends), fears that can arise from ministry (fear of failing in our efforts to bring greater renewal to the Church or evangelizing young adults, etc.) and the fears that we may all share as the world grows more divided and unpredictable. Individually, such fears can be managed on a daily basis. When taken together, they can have a chilling effect on our ability to move forward in faith.
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Ordination: A Morning of Joy and Thanksgiving!

BRIDGEPORT—“We come here with great joy and thanksgiving for the gift of these three men,” said Bishop Caggiano at the beginning of this morning’s ordination at St. Augustine Cathedral.

A day that began with torrential rain opened into clear skies and the transparent happiness of almost 700 family, friends, and priests who celebrated the ordination of Harry Prieto, José Vasquez, and Timothy Iannacone.
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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 home in New Jersey, along with other seminary classmates. We decided to go out onto the lake, since it was a beautiful afternoon. Soon enough, we found ourselves sitting in the boat (which seated six people), in the middle of a very large lake, with the engine overheated, stranded.
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Bishop Names Nine Territorial Deans for Leadership

BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano presided over the installation of nine new Deans at the Chrism Mass held during Holy Week.

The new Deanery model replaces the former Vicariate structure related to the territorial organization of the diocese. The deaneries are designed to assist the bishop and priests in regional planning and decision-making, and improve collaboration between parishes.
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