The following reflection originally appeared on Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook page. Follow the Bishop for daily reflections and weekly videos.
We all know people who live under the crushing burden of illness, fear or personal struggles. For some, their burdens can be almost unbearable, especially when there is Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—More than 200 individuals and families from twelve Bridgeport parishes turned out for a reception to launch the 2018 ACA on Sunday, January 21 and celebrate their own parish communities. Joy in Christ, Our Gift to Share is the theme of this year’s campaign. The reception Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— Here’s a first look at the new Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) video for 2018.
Joy in Christ, Our Gift to Share is the theme of the video and the campaign, which kicks off in February.
The 2018 video explains and showcases a broad Read More ››
Earlier this month, as I was driving on the Merritt Parkway, I was comforted to see the large number of cars which had Christmas trees tied to their roof. It was comforting because it brought back many memories of when I was a little boy and Read More ››
Bishop Caggiano’s 12/22/2017 Reflection
“The last item that I remember being part of our family’s annual Christmas “preparations” was what mom called “house cleaning”. For my part, I did not think the house needed to be cleaned in any special way, since everything always seemed to me Read More ››
STAMFORD—“I come here with a very simple message: our Church and its people stand by all who are here with us, whether documented or undocumented,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said to members of St. Mary Parish in Stamford this afternoon.
The bishop’s visit to the parish, founded Read More ››
NEWTOWN – On the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, more than 800 people gathered at St. Rose of Lima Church for a Mass of Remembrance, in search of healing and hope.
They looked for healing from a tragedy that Bishop Frank Caggiano Read More ››
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 Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—In this brief video Bishop Frank J. Caggiano invites all around the diocese to attend the upcoming “Arise and Shine” Christmas Concert, which will be held at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts of Fairfield University on Sunday December 17, at 7 pm.
The 100-member Read More ››
NORWALK—Two Advent concerts over the weekend celebrated the beginning of the Advent observance throughout the diocese.
The seminarians of Saint Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, NY, presented a beautiful program of Advent and Christmas music on Saturday at the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, while diocesan seminarians Read More ››
STAMFORD—Over 60 people gathered last night at Murphy’s Townhouse Café in Stamford, CT, for the Faith on Tap, an evening of fellowship and faith for Catholic young adults.
This monthly event, hosted by the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, is often crowded with young professionals from Read More ››
Are we as divided and troubled a nation as many commentators and polls seem to suggest?
Perhaps, though I certainly hope and pray not. When crisis or disaster strike, we as Americans seem to rapidly regain our common ground and overlook our differences. Our task is to Read More ››
BALTIMORE (CNS) — A growing number of texts, not only in English and Spanish but in other languages, and the rise of digital technology are hampering the effectiveness of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee on the Catechism, said its chairman, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
The Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Perhaps it took a rainstorm and a powerful liturgy to wash away some of the deepest anguish over sexual abuse in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
It also took the authentic and soul-baring testimony of victims of sexual abuse and a direct and deeply truthful homily by Bishop Read More ››
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 Read More ››
NORWALK— There is an urgent need to re-imagine the way the Church passes on the faith to young people and engages others in lifelong faith formation Bishop Frank Caggiano said to more than 200 catechists who gathered at All Saints School auditorium this morning.
In a remarkable Read More ››
BRISTOL—“I have come to give you a call to arms different from any other call in the world,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano told 550 men at the Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference on Saturday. “You must surrender to Jesus Christ and fearlessly give witness to him in Read More ››
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 Read More ››
TRUMBULL— “Suffering that is not transformed is transmitted,” Sister Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, said several times last night in her reflection on “Decisive Encounter.”
In a powerful and deeply personal talk to inaugurate the new Bishop’s Lecture Series sponsored by the diocesan Leadership Institute, Sister Miriam said Read More ››
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 Read More ››
WASHINGTON, D.C.—“We come here 1,500 strong,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said to diocesan pilgrims who gathered around him for the dedication of the new Rosary Walk and Garden outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
The bishop’s final words capped another extraordinary moment Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT– “I was profoundly saddened yesterday to learn of the decision rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, commonly known as DACA.
For the last few years, the DACA Program has protected over 800,000 young people from deportation, all of whom who were brought to the Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— In this “Face of Prayer” video, Bishop Caggiano issues a back to school challenge to young people: “Make time for prayer!”
With the unstructured time of Summer coming to an end, the Bishop tells them they should “Choose now” to make prayer a part of their Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
Of all of the headliners billed for last month’s World Youth Day Unite in Washington, D.C., I was guessing that the two musicians — Audrey Assad and Tony Melendez — were the biggest draw for the young pilgrims who traveled to the St. John Paul II Read More ››
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 ››
BRIDGEPORT—In this video Bishop Caggiano reflects on the gift of the Eucharist in our lives and our needs to give thanks.
“The Lord is offering a meal to us,” he says, urging people to attend Sunday Mass, “where God brings us together like a family to celebrate.”
By Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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.
Hosffman Ospino, Read More ››
ORLANDO, FL—Leaders from over 156 dioceses across the U.S. are meeting in Orlando Florida for an extraordinary convocation of Catholic leaders throughout the United States entitled, “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America”.
Twelve leaders from the Diocese of Bridgeport have joined Bishop Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
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 Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Silence is an essential ingredient in any vibrant prayer life,” says Bishop Frank Caggiano in this week’s Face of Prayer video.
He discusses how we can truly be present with the Lord when we pray, and invites everyone to join him at tomorrow’s ordination of three new Read More ››
Each Sunday at Mass, when we proclaim our Catholic faith, we say the following, “I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth.” With these words, we acknowledge the fact that Jesus addressed His heavenly Father as “Abba”- a word that can 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 ››
BRIDGEPORT—For as long as I could remember, today was an important day in my home. For today is the Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of my parents’ home town in Italy and the saint for whom my sister was named (Antonia).
In fact, Read More ››
NEW CANAAN—Elena and Steve Schlegel, Chair Couple of the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal and Joy and Tom Cronin, both parishioners of St. Aloysius Parish in New Canaan, hosted a reception at the Cronin’s home Saturday, June 10.
More than 60 people gathered on a lovely June evening Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Summer is upon us! I hope this summer is everything you are planning it to be. But remember, summer does not mean we take a vacation from the Lord! I encourage you, wherever you may be this summer, to make time to come to Mass on Read More ››
In this week’s The Face of Prayer video, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano shares some thoughts on sin and prayer and how we can turn back to God’s love. “You and I are both sinners, and sin is an obstacle to prayer. But God never turns His Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—What do you do for leisure? When did you know that God was calling you to be a Priest? What is the hardest part of your ministry?” These questions and more were asked during Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook Live Town Hall Meeting, which occurred on May 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 ››
BRIDGEPORT—“May our schools always be vibrant places where faith and learning are the center of our lives,” Bishop Caggiano said in his blessing at annual “Breakfast of Champions” held in Our Lady Queen of Saints Hall at the Catholic Center.
More than 200 parents, principals and priests Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Submitting our mind, heart and will to God and responding to his presence in our lives is the most precious gift we have. But there are times in our life when we doubt,” Bishop Frank Caggiano says in this Ascension Thursday reflection.
In this video, which is Read More ››
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 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 ››
FAIRFIELD, Conn.—The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, bishop of Bridgeport, will deliver the commencement address at Sacred Heart University’s 51st undergraduate commencement exercises on Sunday, May 14, at 10:00am He will receive an honorary Doctor of Theology degree.
The University’s Graduate Commencement will take place on Saturday, 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 ››
TRUMBULL—Delegates expressed a sense of gratitude, personal transformation and ongoing commitment to the renewal of the diocese at the final post-synod session held at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Trumbull.
More than 100 delegates to Synod 2014 returned to the family center at St. Catherine’s to 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 ››
NORWALK—“We come to celebrate retirements, but no one retires from offering their life to Christ,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said at the First Annual Clergy Retirement Celebration Mass at St. Matthew Church.
Gesturing to the retired priests and deacons who surrounded him on the altar, the bishop Read More ››
NORWALK–Bishop Frank J. Caggiano invites you to join him in honoring all recently retired priests and deacons in the first Annual Clergy Retirement Celebration Mass set for Wednesday, April 26, 7 pm at St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Avenue in Norwalk.
The Mass will honor all priests Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT— Sunday will be a joyful and faith-filled day at St. Augustine Cathedral as Bishop Frank J. Caggiano serves as the Main Celebrate for Divine Mercy Sunday. The Mass will begin at 2:30 and be followed by a light reception in the Kolbe Cathedral High School Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Today we walked in the footsteps of our Lord. We walked through the streets of Bridgeport proclaiming that our faith is alive in our hearts,” Bishop Frank Caggiano said in the parking lot of Our Lady of Fatima Church after the enactment of the 14th Station Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT– Bishop Caggiano urged his brother priests to grow in “fraternity and unity” as they minister to an increasingly divided and polarized world, at the Chrism Mass held this afternoon at St. Augustine Cathedral.
Hundreds filled the Cathedral for the mid-afternoon liturgy, where the Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will celebrate the Chrism Mass on Wednesday, April 12, 3:00 pm at St. Augustine Cathedral in Downtown Bridgeport. All are invited to attend.
More than 300 priests and deacons will process into the cathedral for the yearly Chrism Mass in which priests renew Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—(The following is taken from Bishop’s Caggiano’s Facebook reflection on Palm Sunday) One of the striking characteristics of Holy Week is the participation of everyone in the reading of the Passion. One of the benefits of this pastoral practice is to allow us to reflect upon Read More ››
FAIRFIELD — Don’t stop trying to change the world, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano told Sacred Heart University Students tonight in the first Bergoglio Lecture in honor of Pope Francis.
But he quickly added that if they can’t take on the big structural issues, the best way to Read More ››
DANBURY—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will lead the “In Defense of Life” prayer vigil in Danbury on Saturday, March 25 at 12:45pm. “Recalling God’s precious gift of Life and His forgiving mercy, we’re asking people to join us Bishop Frank Caggiano as he leads us in prayer this Read More ››
The Diocese of Bridgeport has launched an online youth survey, www.TellBishopFrank.org, to better understand and meet the spiritual needs of young people and engage them in the Church.
The survey and other youth initiatives were announced this morning at the Catholic Center during a meeting of about Read More ››
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will lead the Celebration of the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion on Sunday March 5, 3:00pm at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Fairfield.
The service for those preparing to enter the Catholic Church is traditionally held on the first Sunday Read More ››
Sister Mary Grace Walsh, Provost for Education, Evangelization, and Catechesis of the Archdiocese of Hartford, and former Superintendent of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Bridgeport will be presented the Educator of the Year Award at Sacred Heart University’s Ninth Educators’ Communion Breakfast on Sunday, March Read More ››
“Dust you are…” “Remember that you are dust and unto dust you shall return” are the words the priest intones as he imprints the cross in ashes on the foreheads of the faithful on Ash Wednesday. In an age of incessant self-promotion and unbridled self-expression, these Read More ››
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has announced plans for a new Deanery structure to assist the bishop and priests in regional planning and decision making, and improve collaboration between parishes.
The bishop signed the decree establishing the new deanery structure for the Diocese of Bridgeport on February 2, Read More ››
In this audio message, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano reflects on the meaning of Christmas in troubled times when many people around the globe are suffering from wars, terrorism and other dislocation.
The Bishop says that Christmas gives us “the enduring mystery of the incarnation,” that God is Read More ››
On Gaudete Sunday, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano was the guest on “Religion on the Line,” the long-running WABC-Radio program hosted by Rabbi Joseph Potasnik and Deacon Kevin McCormack of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
In the conversation the bishop discussed Advent and preparations for the joy of Read More ››
Bishop Caggiano’s reflection on Our Lady
Today is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We remember the unique grace received by Mary at her birth- to be conceived without original sin- so as to become the new Eve through which the Savior Read More ››
Prayer is empty if it is not accompanied by a conversion of heart and commitment to justice, religious leaders said at tonight’s interfaith prayer service for peace and racial healing held at St. Augustine Cathedral.
Almost 150 men and women turned out the readings and reflections, which Read More ››
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will celebrate an outdoor Mass on All Souls Day, Wednesday, November 2, 11 am at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 1056, Daniels Farm Road in Trumbull.
The Mass will be offered for all the faithful departed souls in the diocese. It is open to Read More ››