“Compartmentalize” was the word George Bisacca employed most often when explaining how he was able to balance a dual career as an attorney and a college basketball coach with family life.
The principal celebrant at his May 21st memorial service, the Father Charles Allen, SJ, spoke of Bisacca’s ability to “multi-task,” a term not Read More ››
A medida que nuestra nación sigue lidiando con la práctica de separar a los niños de sus familias en la frontera, debemos distinguir nuestros sentimientos políticos sobre este tema de las enseñanzas reales del Señor Jesús, quien Élmismo es la plenitud de la Verdad.
Como hijo de inmigrantes, la idea de separar a los Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“My dear friends in Christ. It has been five years since the Holy Father gave me the great privilege of being your shepherd and serving as Bishop of Bridgeport. These have been years of great blessings for me, as you and I have made progress in working together and moving the diocese forward,” Read More ››
Danbury, CT – One of its largest graduating classes triumphantly tossed their caps into the air when Immaculate High School graduated 120 seniors at their Commencement Ceremony held on Wednesday, June 6 at Western Connecticut State University’s O’Neill Center in Danbury, CT.
Kevin McCoy of Danbury was Valedictorian and Nicole Palmieri of Sandy Hook Read More ››
TRUMBULL—St Joseph High School, striving to be southern Connecticut’s premier college preparatory school, is proud to announce that on Saturday, June 2, 2018, they graduated 178 students who have collectively earned more than 25 million dollars in scholarships and financial aid.
The 2018 Commencement was held at Dalling Field on the school’s campus. Dr Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—This will be another busy summer for students in Sacred Heart University’s Theatre Arts Program.
After the success of last year’s first-ever summer theater season, the SHU Rep Company, an advanced group of University thespians and stage crew members, will be back on campus toward the end of June to work on a number Read More ››
BRISTOL—Coach Bill Mazzucco gripped the alligator-shaped shoehorn tightly in his hand as he brought his Notre Dame-Fairfield players into a huddle in the middle of the Muzzy Field locker room. Over the past two years, the alligator shoehorn—a token given to Mazzucco by Austin Allen—has become a good-luck charm of sorts, despite its Read More ››
TRUMBULL—Frances Jean “Fran” Kleitz, who is said to have been the first woman to hold the position of Lay Member of the Parish Corporation, or “Trustee” in any parish in the United States following the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, passed away on May 31, after a long illness.
Her Funeral Mass was celebrated at Read More ››
STAMFORD—On May 31st, The Catholic Academy of Stamford honored Mary, the Mother of God, and crowed her with a beautiful crown of roses. The celebrant was Bishop Frank Caggiano, and the co-celebrants were Father Bert Pinciaro, Pastor of St. Cecelia’s Church, and father Joseph Gill, Chaplain of the Academy. The combination of Bishop Read More ››
NEWTOWN—On Saturday, June 2, the 28 graduates of St. Rose of Lima School held their Mass and graduation ceremony in St. Rose Church. The graduates received a total of $362,000 in academic scholarships for high school. Nine students will attend Immaculate High School in Danbury; eight will go to St. Joseph High School, Read More ››
The 13th Annual Fan the Fire Youth Rally will take place on Saturday, August 11 from 9:30am to 10pm at St Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, CT. All young people in grades 8 through 12 are invited and encouraged to attend this incredible opportunity to grow in their Catholic faith and relationship with Read More ››
DANBURY—“Always be obedient to the holy restlessness that has brought you to this day,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano before ordaining James K. Bates to the priesthood this morning at St. Joseph Church in Danbury.
The 11 am Mass was an occasion of joy as priests, friends and family members gathered to celebrate the Read More ››
Notre Dame of Fairfield’s Class of 2018 Commencement Exercises in Fairfield took place on Friday, June 1, 2018.
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NORWALK—Deacon Dean W. Finch passed away on Thursday, May 31, at his home in Norwalk at the age of 72.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has asked all to pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Finch and for the consolation of his family.
Deacon Finch was ordained a deacon of the Diocese of Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT- Bishop Caggiano is inviting young adults ages 18-35 to join him in Panama for World Youth Day in January of 2019! World Youth Day is an encounter of young people from all around the world with the Holy Father, the person of Jesus Christ, the Universal Church and one another.
During the days of Read More ››
DANBURY—On June 2, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will ordain Deacon James K. Bates as a priest for the Diocese of Bridgeport. The Ordination Mass will be celebrated at 11 am in St. Joseph Church, Danbury, his home parish.
Father Samuel Scott, St. Joseph’s pastor, notes that three recent vocations to the priesthood have from St. Read More ››
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.—One hundred years ago, Dorothy Brady took her two-month-old son Philip to downtown Rochester for a parade celebrating Armistice Day—the end of the War to End All Wars. She had great hopes for her newborn baby because she’d once been told she would be the mother of a priest.
The centenary of Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—It’s Friday morning and we all know what that means. It’s time for another segment of Faith Friday with Fr. Sam Kachuba!
Only this video, sponsored by the Communications Office of the Diocese of Bridgeport, will be special: it will commemorate the one-year anniversary of the beginning of Faith Friday.
This wildly popular segment began Read More ››
DANBURY—The Immaculate High Schools boy golf team has won the SWC Golf Championship. It was a great victory for the young men and for Coach Kevin Dunleavy who will be retiring in June after 43 years as a science teacher at IHS. Photo: L-R: Coach Kevin Dunleavy, Joseph Robinson ‘20, Liam Deakin ‘18, Read More ››
WESTPORT—The annual Celebration of Consecrated Life was held at St. Luke Church, Westport, on May 15. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano was the main celebrant of the Mass , with ten other clergy concelebrating. Directly after Mass, a dinner was provided for 125 Religious, clergy and friends. During this time, Bishop Caggiano recognized Religious Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On behalf of the John & Ethel Kashulon Foundation, Board of Director member T.R. Rowe recently presented two checks to Bishop Frank Caggiano. The first was in the amount of $10,000 and will be used to support a diocesan seminarian-in-need, and the second was in the amount of $7,500 for the Queen of Read More ››
STAMFORD—Fifty years ago, Pope Paul VI issued his seventh and last encyclical, Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), which upheld the Church’s teaching against artificial birth control, reaffirmed the sanctity of life and marital love, and emphasized the importance of responsible parenthood. The encyclical incited an immediate controversy among theologians, the laity and the Read More ››
Veterans taking part in the 2018 Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage to France said the journey has positively influenced their lives and benefited those around them.
Maj. Jeremy Haynes, a first-time spiritual pilgrim and Lourdes visitor, said he is a changed man since visiting the shrine, where Mary appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous in a Read More ››
The St. Pius X Knights of Columbus Council #16347 of Fairfield is pleased to announce that Braden Moore, pictured above, has won the 14 year old division of the Knights of Columbus State Free Throw Competition, held on April 8th at St. Paul’s High School in Bristol.
Braden, an 8th grade student at Tomlinson Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“This is what we are all about—creating students focused on excellence,” said Dr. Steven Cheeseman, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Bridgeport. Speaking on what he called “one of my favorite days of the year,” he welcomed students and parents to the annual Breakfast of Champions.
Joined by their administrators and pastors, Read More ››
Jesus is always at work, calling men to the priesthood. Sometimes, he calls them when they are young. Other times, he calls them later in life. Sometimes, they respond to the call immediately, but many times the process of discernment can take months or years.
Fr. John Connaughton, Vocation Director for the Diocese of Read More ››
GREENWICH—Peter and Barbara Ripp of Greenwich, lifelong supporters of Catholic education, have given a $1 million gift to Foundations in Education to create an early learning program for three- and four-year-old children in the Diocese of Bridgeport.Their donation will establish the Christopher Ripp Early Learning Program in memory of their son.
“Peter and Barbara Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—St. Vincent’s Medical center celebrated National Nurses Week from May 6-12. The week was packed with many activities, including the Annual Awards and Recognition Reception, a Blessing of the Hands service, food trucks, a complimentary night shift coffee bar, and a door decorating contest.
Throughout the week, nurses had the option to dress according Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Former NBC Universal President/CEO Bob Wright praised Merton Center for its “broad range of programs” and urged the 250 in attendance to support is mission at this morning’s 24th Annual Celebrity Breakfast held yesterday at the downtown Holiday inn.
Al Barber, President of Catholic Charities, said the breakfast is expected to raise $100,000 to Read More ››
DANBURY—Student-athletes from Immaculate High School signed with colleges to run cross country/track & field or play college football, baseball, basketball, golf or lacrosse at a special signing ceremony recently.
Abigail Allen of New Miford will golf, Emma Connolly of Danbury, Sean Connolly of Danbury, Patrick Cropsey of Ridgefield, Connor McNerney of Sandy Hook, Ayanna Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Charlotte McCorquodale, president of Ministry Training Source, will be the featured speaker at the next Leadership Summit on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 6 pm at the Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Ave, Bridgeport, CT)
“As we work to re-imagine Faith Formation in the diocese, all ministry leaders are invited to attend a dinner and Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The rain did not stop over 500 people from coming to St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport on Saturday, May 19th at 7pm to celebrate the Vigil of Pentecost and the Confirmation of over 25 candidates.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano was the main celebrant, along with concelebrants Fr. Peter J. Towsley, Pastor of Sacred Heart Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Last Saturday, May 19, 2018, the Diocese of Bridgeport celebrated joyfully the ordinations of three men to the Transitional Diaconate. Rev. Mr. Peter Adamski, Rev. Mr. Christopher Ford, and Rev. Mr. David Roman were ordained deacons by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano in a beautiful Ordination Mass at St. Augustine’s Cathedral.
In the midst of Read More ››
STAMFORD—Who knew that volunteering in a soup kitchen could be social and fun? If you stopped by a Social Night of Service at New Covenant Center in Stamford, you would see that it certainly can be.
What exactly is Social Night of Service? It started as an initiative to engage young adults to volunteer Read More ››
TRUMBULL—Two students from St. Theresa School won top honors at the Regional Woodsman Speech Contest. Eighth grader Olivia Lieby and seventh grader Vishnu Kumar competed in the annual Woodsman Oration Contest held at St. Rose of Lima School in Newtown on May 15. Six area Catholic Schools were represented. Vishnu took first place Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—On Sunday, May 20, Fairfield University’s Class of 2018 undergraduate and graduate students received their degrees during the University’s 68th Commencement exercises.
This was the first Fairfield University Commencement for Mark. R. Nemec, PhD, the University’s 9th President. He asked the graduates to commit to three things: to never stop learning, to always develop Read More ››
HOUSTON (CNS) — In response to the May 18 school shooting at a Houston-area high school, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said the archdiocesan community would “unite to support and offer healing to those affected.”
“As a society, we must strive for a way to end such acts of senseless gun violence in Read More ››
TRUMBULL—St Joseph High School, striving to be southern Connecticut’s premier college preparatory school, is proud to announce that they have officially opened Café de las Sonrisas USA (Café of Smiles) for students and faculty. All proceeds to benefit Café de las Sonrisas in Granada, Nicaragua.
Café de las Sonrisas—café of smiles—in Granada, Nicaragua is Read More ››
In 1966, when Jim Sullivan was 6 years old, his father took him and his aunt, a missionary nun visiting from Australia, to the top of Pine Hill to see Holy Land USA for the first time.
The group walked up the hill in Waterbury, and from the 56-foot illuminated cross that came to Read More ››
BLOOMFIELD—Unity in Christ and respect for everyone’s gifts, cultures and traditions lead Catholics to share the faith as a stronger community.
That was the message Hispanic leaders from episcopal Region I South heard when they met May 12 to discern challenges and opportunities in the church at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield.
“Our roots and Read More ››
DANBURY— The Mater Ecclesiae (Mother of the Church) mosaic will be blessed on the Solemnity of the Pentecost, Sunday, May 20th, following the 11:30 am Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Danbury. A reception will follow.
Fr. Peter Towsley, Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, said The Mosaic will be dedicated Read More ››
In years past, butterflies might be taught to everyone at once in Melinda Gremse’s first grade class at Assumption Catholic School in Fairfield.
Now her 14 students rotate in groups of three and four through stations. While one group builds symmetrical butterflies out of colorful wood chips, another draws them. A third group puts Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—The boys varsity basketball team at Assumption Catholic School, Fairfield, are the 2018 champions of the Catholic School League. Their overall record of 12-2 earned them a spot in the semi-finals and then on to the finals where they won two games back to back to become the 2018 champions. This is the Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On Saturday, May 19, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will ordain three men as transitional deacons for the Diocese of Bridgeport. The Ordination Mass will be celebrated at 11 am in St. Augustine Cathedral. Traditionally, ordination as a transitional deacon is the last step before ordination to the priesthood.
“The Church has been ordaining deacons Read More ››
STAMFORD—A casual conversation about what to do with a library full of books that needed to be cleaned out to make way for the school’s new media center turned into an opportunity to extend the lives of the books by donating them to students and teachers overseas.
The project, spearheaded by the Trinity Catholic Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Deacon Joseph M. Melita died Sunday, May 13, at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield. He was 96 years old.
Born in Bridgeport on April 22, 1923, Deacon Melita graduated from Warren Harding High School in 1941 and served as Technical Sergeant in the Air Corps from 1943-1945. He fought in the Read More ››
TRUMBULL—Faithful from around the Diocese of Bridgeport came together last Saturday to celebrate the Perpetual Profession of Maria del Pilar (Mapi) Cerdeña Perochena at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull.
The beautiful day began with the Mass of Profession, celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, in which Mapi promised to live her life Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS)—The Catholic Church doesn’t often add new celebrations to its pretty full liturgical calendar, but this year’s new feast day, Mary, Mother of the Church on May 21, has Catholics gearing up to mark the day or at least think a little more about Mary.
The new feast day, which will be celebrated Read More ››
NEW HAVEN—More than 200 active and retired U.S. military personnel will take part in the annual Warriors to Lourdes spiritual journey dedicated to individual healing and a more peaceful world. The May 15-22 journey is timed to coincide with the 60th annual International Military Pilgrimage (PMI).
“The Marian Shrine at Lourdes is a place Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Hundreds of faithful are expected to fill St. Augustine Cathedral this Saturday, 7:00 pm (May 19) for the Vigil of Pentecost Mass celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano. All are welcome to attend.
The evening will begin with Evening Vespers at Sunset followed by a procession into the Cathedral for Mass, which will be Read More ››
DARIEN- Parishioners of St. Thomas More in Darien are currently gathering for Sunday Mass in the Parish Hall while the 1973-built church undergoes extensive renovation. The Hall was restored in 2017 as part of the Next Generation project and now provides a beautiful multi-purpose space for parish activities.
But since it was not Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—More than 2,000 Sacred Heart University students embarked on a new phase in their lives this weekend after receiving diplomas and words of advice and encouragement from leaders, scholars and classmates. The SHU class of 2018 includes 1,217 undergraduates who will have earned bachelor’s degrees and 1,130 graduate students who will have earned Read More ››
BLOOMFIELD-Delegates from the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Dioceses of Bridgeport, Norwich and Springfield gathered yesterday at the Archdiocesan Center at Saint Thomas Seminary, in Bloomfield, to further the V Encuentro (Fifth Encounter) journey that has been described as one of the most significant pastoral events of the past decades in the U.S. Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Just in time for Mother’s Day, a handful of bishops shared memories of their moms on a recent podcast by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The bishops, interviewed on the “Made for Love” podcast, which is part of the USCCB’s Marriage Unique for a Reason website, spoke about what they Read More ››
During a special pop-up performance at The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center in New York City
NEW YORK, NY (09 May 2018) – The Pope’s Choir, Capella Musicale Pontificia Sistina, captivated a surprised audience at The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center in New York City today with a prayerful song during a Read More ››
STAMFORD-RAIN DOWN! Is a celebration of the Holy Spirit who animates, guides, forms and transforms us! Started in 2015 by Fathers Bert Pinciaro and Joseph Gill, RAIN DOWN has grown from 60 youth from four Parishes to 140 youth from six parishes in 2017. This October, with the backing and support of the Read More ››
STAMFORD—Volunteers from Our Lady Star of the Sea made improvements to the home of Kathleen Kinsella as part of HomeFront Day, when volunteers revitalize homes for low-income families. HomeFront is a Stamford nonprofit that provides quality-of-life improvements to families with financial hardships.
Home owner Kathleen Kinsella is photographed on May 5, 2018 with Emma Read More ››
STAMFORD—Msgr. John Bernard Hossan died on May 6 at the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of the Clergy Residence in Stamford. The retired pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Redding Ridge was 90 years old.
Born in Danbury on August 21, 1927, he graduated from St. Joseph School in Danbury in 1941 and Danbury High Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—The Catholic Church needs to seek the input, commitment and talents of all of its members if it is to be truly catholic and to evangelize effectively, said a new document from the International Theological Commission.
Pope Francis has called for the church to be “synodal,” which does not just mean holding regular Read More ››
NEWTOWN—At the beginning of May, St. Rose School’s National Junior Honor Society held a food drive for the Faith Food Pantry. They placed boxes in all K-8 classrooms, encouraging students and families to support this good cause. As an extra incentive, Sister Colleen offered a pizza party to the class who collected the Read More ››
The Knights of Columbus Connecticut State Council celebrated its 125th Anniversary serving the state of Connecticut at its annual state convention on the weekend of May 5th. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson was the special honoree at the convention banquet on Saturday night.
Each year the state council honors the good works of Knights Read More ››
TRUMBULL—With suddenly beautiful spring and a light breeze lifting the newly opened leaves, people throughout the diocese gathered at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Trumbull for the Mass for the Unborn and rededication of the Memorial to the Unborn.
The Mass was hosted the Knights of Columbus Pope Saint John XXIII Council 5987 from Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese of Bridgeport kicked off it its Personalized Learning Initiative on Friday when principals and teachers from six schools participating in the pilot program gathered at the Catholic Center to prepare for a Fall launch of the program.
During the meeting Dr. Steven Cheeseman, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, said the major technology and Read More ››
SHELTON—Hundreds of parishioners and friends filled St. Joseph Church in Shelton for “A Night with Mozart,” the St. Joseph Spring Concert held in honor of St. Joseph the Worker. Father Michael Dogali, St. Joseph’s pastor, said it was a night of joy and celebration with proceeds directed toward ongoing maintenance of the church Read More ››
STAMFORD—Funded by the Arbella Insurance Foundation and hosted by Bearingstar Insurance, Distractology is a mobile stimulator experience designed to show new drivers exactly how dangerous it is to text and drive. New drivers will get firsthand experience of how distractions interfere with their ability to react on the road, see hidden hazards and Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—When Dominic Vachon’s brother was dying of cancer, it gave him a profoundly personal insight into healthcare and the importance of empathy and compassion.
His brother died in 1983 after four years that Vachon said “gripped my life” and led him on a lifelong professional journey, exploring empathy in the health professions and the Read More ››
STAMFORD—What a “swing to spring” the months of March and April were for New Covenant Center! We went from snow days to sunny days—all in a just a few weeks. Also within just a few weeks, New Covenant Center hosted two very different fundraisers. One that required blazers and ties—another other that required Read More ››
TRUMBULL—In many ways, what we are celebrating, and what you have lived, the world doesn’t understand,” said Bishop Frank Caggiano to nearly 200 couples who attended the recent Wedding Jubilee Mass at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull.
The world sees marriage as a contract that hopefully works out, but if it doesn’t, there are Read More ››
Barbara Oleynick had a vision—one forming within her mind and heart for the last 20 years: to bring the story of the miracle of Fatima to all those who wish to hear it. As a producer, director, writer and composer, Oleynick dreamed of a multi-media virtual production to share the story of the Read More ››
Msgr. Thomas Green, professor of canon law, died on April 28 at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Chester, Penn., at the age of 79.
Born in Bridgeport on August 10, 1938, to Thomas J. and Beatrice Green, he graduated from the Fairfield Prep in 1956 and received his priestly formation at St. Thomas Seminary Read More ››
TRUMBULL—The Diocesan Youth Choir performed a beautiful Spring Concert: “Lift Every Voice” in front of a full St. Theresa Parish on Sunday, April 29th.
From the first notes of “He is Exalted,” to the ending chords of “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” the crowd of nearly 1,000 people sat transfixed, captivated by Read More ››
STAMFORD — More than 300 people came out to a honor a priest Bishop Frank Caggiano described as “a man of authentic humility” and to celebrate the future of the priesthood in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Msgr. Thomas Powers, Vicar General and honoree, received a standing ovation at the St. John Fisher Seminary First Read More ››
GREENWICH, CT – April 25, 2018 – Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has appointed the new Board of Directors for Greenwich Catholic School, which announced its transition to a new governance structure, known as an Academy model, in March.
“These individuals bring extensive experience, talent, and energy to the School,” Bishop Caggiano said. “It is a Read More ››
Almost 50 years ago, when Father Thomas Lynch began his life as a priest, his first assignment was to visit an elderly parishioner who was dying—a man who was angry with God, angry with life … and angry with the priest.
He had several days of stubble on his face when he hobbled to Read More ››