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 ››
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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 ››
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 ››
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 ››
Changing times demand that we re-imagine how we live faithfully in the modern world, which has turned its back on the Gospel,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano at last night’s Vespers Prayer Service for members of the parish Strategic Plan Taskforces.
The bishop bean his brief homily Read More ››
After nearly two years of planning, our diocesan pilgrimage to World Youth Day to Krakow Poland begins tomorrow! Over 200 young people will be traveling with me from every region of the Diocese to these special days of prayer and celebration, joined by 33 chaperones who Read More ››
“Early this morning, as I was watering the small garden in front of my family’s house in Brooklyn, I was overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude for all the blessings of my life.
What flashed in my mind was the realization that I have watered that garden Read More ››
The Diocese of Bridgeport invites all young adults ages 18-35 to attend Baseball with the Bishop, to be held Saturday, September 3, 2016.
Bishop Frank Caggiano, a longtime New York Mets fan, will travel to the Mets’ Citi Field with young adults to see the Mets take Read More ››
“The very reason you were created was to come to this moment to be one with Christ,” Bishop Caggiano said to the two men about to be ordained at St. Augustine Cathedral this morning.
More than 750 people filled the church, some sitting on fold-up chairs, to Read More ››
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will ordain Philip Lành Phan, a native of Vietnam, and Eric William Silva, a Trumbull resident, to the priesthood for the Diocese of Bridgeport in St. Augustine Cathedral on June 25.
“Once again the Lord has called faithful and generous men to serve Read More ››
“Receive the Gospel of Christ whose herald you have become,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said at St. Augustine Cathedral in downtown Bridgeport when he ordained three men as transitional deacons on Saturday.
Harry Alfredo Prieto, 29, and José Abelardo Vásquez, 32, both natives of Bogotá, Colombia, and Read More ››
There is another aspect of life here that is striking. I had not realized before my arrival that during the summer months, the sun is visible in the sky for most of the night. In fact, the sun was still visible last night past 11:30 PM Read More ››
Bishop Frank Caggiano arrived in Alaska on Wednesday afternoon after a nearly nine hours of flight from home. He was invited by the Archdiocese of Anchorage to offer a talk and celebrate Mass for the Alaska Youth Conference being held in Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Read More ››
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 Read More ››
NORWALK—The Norwalk Catholic Club held its One Hundred and Eighteenth annual Lincoln Day Banquet on February 12, 2015 at the Continental Manor in Norwalk. The guest speakers were the Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, and renowned author and Abraham Lincoln scholar Mr. Harold Holzer.
The Read More ››
GREENWICH—“Baptism is not a spectator sport. The Church needs to find new ways to reach out, and I need your help doing that,” Bishop Frank Caggiano said last night at the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) reception held at Indian Harbor Yacht Club in Greenwich.
The gathering was Read More ››
TRUMBULL—Nearly 350 delegates to Synod 2014 turned to solutions at the Third General Session today when they voted to approve the final pastoral and temporal challenges in the ongoing renewal of the Catholic Church in Fairfield County.
The adoption of the five global challenges followed months of Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Amens” and applause greeted Bishop Caggiano’s reflection at last Sunday’s “Unity in Diversity” service at St. John Episcopal Church in downtown Bridgeport. The “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity,” celebrated this year from January 18-25, concluded in the Bridgeport area on Sunday afternoon, January 25, with Read More ››
The Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, offered a reflection on the Lord’s Prayer at St. Luke Church in Westport on Friday, January 9, at 7:30pm.
Bishop Caggiano’s talk was preceded by a wine-and-cheese reception at 7:00pm in the community room of the parish. The program is Read More ››
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has announced the formation of a Ministerial Misconduct Advisory Board to review cases involving clerics accused of misconduct that involves adults or occurs in the exercise of his ministry.
The board will review cases in which the bishop must consider action regarding a Read More ››
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has reconstituted the Review Board of the Diocese of Bridgeport with the announcement of board members and the reappointment of long-time members.
The Review Board was formed in 2002 by Bishop William E. Lori to oversee the implementation of the diocesan Sexual Misconduct Read More ››