FAIRFIELD—Entrepreneur, inventor and philanthropist, Brian Hamilton ’87, will deliver the commencement address at Sacred Heart University’s 53rd undergraduate commencement exercises on Sunday, May 12, at 10 a.m. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, degree. Sr. Rosemary Donley, professor, Jacques Laval Endowed Chair Read More ››
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STAMFORD— On a crisp early spring morning, against the backdrop of a beautiful blue sky, newly flown flags of the United States, State of Connecticut and the Vatican flew majestically over the resurgent campus of Trinity Catholic High School.
As part of its multi-year, multi-million-dollar renovation to Read More ››
Finding God in all things
By Joe Pisani
FAIRFIELD — Five hundred years ago, a Spanish soldier named Inigo Lopez de Loyola y Onaz created a handbook of prayer and meditation that would forever change Catholic spirituality and help people find God in their daily lives … Read More ››
TRUMBULL — More than 600 people gathered for a Mass of dedication and consecration at St. Catherine of Siena Church that Bishop Frank J. Caggiano called “one of the most extraordinary liturgical celebrations I have ever done.”
A majestic ceremony with a solemn consecration of the new Read More ››
GREENWICH—This Thursday, March 28, Greenwich Catholic School is holding their First Annual GCS “Together in Kindness” Service Day, benefiting Malta House.
The event is the result of a year-long planning effort. All grades from Pre K through grade eight, will participate throughout the school day. The students Read More ››
STAMFORD— Anthony Anderson, four-year standout football player at Trinity Catholic, has signed a Letter of Intent to play collegiate football at D-2 school, Franklin Pierce University, Trinity Catholic High School announced today.
Anthony was joined by over a dozen teammates, family, his football coach Donny Panapada and Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Al DiGuido, founder and CEO of Al’s Angels, will be at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School at 8:30 am on Friday, March 29, to present a special commendation to students for organizing Hoops for Hope to raise money for Cam Simpson’s fight of AHS.
Hoops for Hope Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—The St. Thomas 8th grade girls basketball team has qualified for this weekend’s New England Catholic Youth Organization Tournament in Manchester, N.H. The highest ranked teams from eight New England Catholic Dioceses will play in the quarter finals on Friday and Saturday. Semi-final games will be Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—James J. O’Connell, M.D., president of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, will be the featured speaker at the 26th White Mass honoring Health Care professionals on Sunday, April 7, 9:30 am at St. Augustine Cathedral, 399 Washington Avenue in Bridgeport.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will celebrate Read More ››
NORWALK- On March 20th, lay faithful joined seminarians, priests, permanent deacons and religious from the Diocese of Bridgeport to pray for Vocations at St. Matthew Church in Norwalk.
“What a beautiful grace-filled night as so many came together to support those in formation and to pray for Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—The Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality Dinner & Award Ceremony Honoring Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will be held on April 12, 2019, in the Oak Room in the Barone Campus Center of Fairfield University. A reception is set for 6 pm with dinner to follow at Read More ››
ANAHEIM, CA—In his debut at America’s largest annual Catholic gathering, one of the rising stars of the U.S. hierarchy warned that full recovery from the clerical abuse scandals, including a new style of leadership in the Church, will be a “generational” task.
“We’ll be at this for Read More ››
WASHINGTON D.C.—As multiple states consider assisted suicide legislation, disability activists are speaking out, saying the bills are slippery slopes that put the lives of people with disabilities at risk.
Connecticut lawmakers are now considering HB 5898, “An Act Concerning Aid In Dying For Terminally Ill Patients,” which Read More ››
BALTIMORE and BOSTON—Just weeks after the Vatican’s February summit on clergy sexual abuse, which left U.S. Catholics frustrated by Rome’s measured response to holding bishops accountable for sexual misconduct with adults and negligent supervision of predatory clerics, news from the Baltimore Archdiocese brings a glimmer of Read More ››
FLORIDA—Father Emeric, Szlezak, OFM, a professed Franciscan friar for 79 years and a priest for 74, died on March 16 in St. Petersburg, where he had lived since 2005.
Father Szlezak was 101 years old and the longest living friar in the history of Holy Name Province. Read More ››
TRUMBULL—St. Joseph High School, southern Connecticut’s premier college preparatory school, has partnered with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for the school’s first annual Brave the Shave for Kids with Cancer fundraising event. Volunteers from St Joes’ student body, faculty, and staff will come together to show solidarity Read More ››
As your diocesan Bishop, I am committed to hearing your concerns directly as we continue our healing journey together.
While there are many issues associated with this crisis to be dealt with on both the global and national levels, I remain determined to move forward with whatever Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese of Bridgeport has released an update to the list of credibly accused clergy and its ongoing response to the clerical sexual abuse crisis.
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano is excited to build upon the momentum established with the JPII Fund grant awards in 2018 by raising the bar with a deeper focus on Reimagining Faith Formation!
According to Bishop Caggiano, we will actively seek religious education and youth ministry programs Read More ››
SHELTON—The Holy Trinity Catholic Academy Girls Junior Varsity Basketball team from Shelton, Conn. won the St. Ann’s Basketball League this past weekend.
The mostly sixth-grade HTCA girls team dominated the season and finished with a final record of 16-0 (12-0 regular season and 4-0 in the playoffs).
Offensively, the girls Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Last night, hundreds of people around the diocese gathered in the Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport to view a sneak preview of Unplanned, the story of Abby Johnson’s journey from clinic director of Planned Parenthood to pro-life witness and activist.
The night was sponsored and organized by Read More ››
STAMFORD—Monsignor Stephen M. DiGiovanni, pastor of the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist and founding rector of Saint John Fisher Seminary, will be honored at the Second Annual Rector’s Dinner. His tenure at the seminary produced 27 priests currently serving in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
The event, Read More ››
STAMFORD—On Saturday, March 16, Olivier Czoch, Annika Natarajan and John Thomas represented The Catholic Academy of Stamford in the Knights of Columbus Geography Bee in Danbury, Conn. Twenty-six students from 11 schools faced 121 questions on world, North American and regional geography. Olivier tied six other students Read More ››
TRUMBULL—On Tuesday, March 19, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, His Excellency Frank Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut, visited the church of St Catherine of Siena in Trumbull, and deposited relics within the altar, in anticipation of the consecration of the altar and the church, which will take Read More ››
The Diocese of Bridgeport has settled five law suits filed in September 2018 for sexual abuse claims dating back almost 30 years.
Between December 2018 and February 2019, the Diocese participated in mediations to resolve these lawsuits together with a co-defendant in one case (the Maronite Order) Read More ››
HARTFORD—Promote a culture of life. Reject the Physician-Assisted Suicide bill at the State Capitol.
We need you and all people of faith to tell your legislators that you value life and oppose CT House Bill 5898.
Please call the Public Health Committee now at 860.240.0560 and leave a Read More ››
STAMFORD—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will join with the students, faculty and staff of Stamford’s Trinity Catholic High School, along with students from The Catholic Academy of Stamford, grades 6-8 on Thursday, March 28 at 10 am. The bishop will dedicate newly-erected flagpoles and flags that will Read More ››
TRUMBULL — Father Joseph Marcello has made pilgrimages to the tomb of St. Andre Bassette in Montreal, the shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Maryland and the tomb of St. Catherine of Siena in Rome and prayed to the Blessed Virgin Mary for a very Read More ››
TRUMBULL—On Tuesday, March 19, St. Joseph High School will celebrate the annual Feast of St Joseph – a day-long celebration that includes Mass, multiple community service projects, and a school-wide meal pack in partnership with Catholic Relief Services.
“St. Joseph Feast Day will begin with a school-wide Read More ››
BROOKFIELD—This week, young scientists from 120 schools, both middle and high schools, across Connecticut and Fishers Island, New York competed in the 70th Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair (CSEF). About 150 students were selected as finalists, five of whom were from St. Joseph Catholic Academy, Brookfield.
Student, Shaun Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Students from Catholic schools in the Greater Bridgeport area marched and displayed their school banners in the 37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade held on Friday in downtown Bridgeport.
The St. Patrick’s Day observance formally began when the Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, celebrated Read More ››
Dear members of the Sacred Heart University community,
Sadly, I am once again writing to you about a senseless mass shooting—this time one that killed 49 people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is particularly horrifying to me because I know how deeply it has Read More ››
UNCASVILLE—Greatness came in a flash and handed the Trinity Catholic girls basketball team the ultimate prize.
Within a span of just several minutes in her team’s Class S final against Canton, Iyanna Lops showed just why she’s continuing her career at the highest possible level.
Lops stamped her Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Reverend Edward A. Colohan passed away at St. Vincent’s Medical Center on Thursday March 14, 2019, at the age of 86.
Father Colohan’s body will be received at Saint Stephen Church located at 6948 Main Street, Trumbull, at 9:30 AM on Friday, March 22, 2019 and will Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School was recently awarded $6,909 in grant money to create a music technology laboratory, which will enhance its popular music education programs. Immaculate received the monies from a grant from Foundations in Education, a non-profit initiative that assists the Diocese of Bridgeport’s ongoing mission Read More ››
AUCKLAND—New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have expressed horror and distress at a terrorist attack in two mosques in Christchurch that saw at least 49 people killed.
The shootings took place at or near the Al Noor Mosque, where 41 people were killed, and at the Linwood Mosque, where Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—New Canaan High School Class of 1978 Honors Memory of Katherine Schlegel
When Elena (Peters) and Stephen Schlegel lost their 20-year-old daughter Katherine last fall, members of the New Canaan High School Class of 1978 quickly focused their upcoming 40th Reunion celebration to make the event a Read More ››
NORWALK—On Saturday, March 9, Knights of Council 14360 held their 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner to raise funds for their charitable causes. Around 225 attendees packed the Masterpool Great Room at St. Matthew Church to enjoy some tasty corned beef with all the trimmings, as well Read More ››
STRATFORD—At five-foot-three, he was one of the most fearsome men on the New York City police force. He was a master of disguise known as the Italian Sherlock Holmes. And he was dauntless in his singlehanded fight against organized crime.
Lt. Joseph Petrosino was the first Italian Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Enhancing a patient’s quality of life, providing patients and families with supportive and spiritual care, and incorporating an interdisciplinary healthcare approach towards pain and symptom management, are all essential criterion to be met in the field of palliative and end-of-life care.
In an effort to emphasize the Read More ››
TRUMBULL—The Parish of Saint Catherine of Siena (220 Shelton Road, Trumbull) joyfully announces the completion of its sanctuary beautification project, called Christ at the Center. A Mass of Dedication with Consecration of the Church will be celebrated on Sunday, March 24, at 2 pm. The Most Read More ››
TRUMBULL— “A loving and merciful God wants to lead us to greatness that has nothing to do with us,” Bishop Frank Caggiano told more than 250 men, women and young people who are preparing for full communion with the Church at Easter.
More than one thousand faithful Read More ››
TRUMBULL—As Lent begins, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will welcome approximately 250 men and women who are on the journey toward full communion with the Catholic Church. The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, the next formal step on that journey, will take place Sunday, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and Foundations in Education will host their 4th annual gala on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Woodway Country Club in Darien. They will be joined this year by professional auctioneer, Patrick Tully. Mr. Tully’s clients include LSA Family Health Service, Petra Nemcova’s Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“Much of what the world considers to be glory will end up in ashes,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said in his Ash Wednesday homily today at St. Augustine Cathedral.
Hundreds filled the Cathedral for the noontime Mass and distribution of ashes, which mark the formal beginning of Read More ››
NEWTOWN—The St. Rose Boys’ Varsity finished up a strong season on Tuesday night. The Rams went 13-5 on the season and made it to the Championship Game of the Parochial League Tournament. The team improved with each game and practice and it was nice to watch Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—In a school-wide assembly today, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School unveiled this year’s One School, One Book™ title, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by award-winning author-illustrator, Grace Lin. The reveal was accompanied by live goldfish, an elaborate hand-made dragon sculpture, posters and other decorations throughout Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—The Sacred Heart University wind ensemble will present “A Celebration of Women Composers” featuring the work of well-known and up-and-coming women composers, including Jennifer Higdon, Julie Giroux, Chen Yi and Kimberly Archer. The University’s choir will join the band to perform music from Ethel Smyth and Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Award-winning author-illustrator, Grace Lin, will visit St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School on Tuesday, March 26. All local preschoolers and their caretakers are invited to a special story time and book signing from 8:45 to 9:30 am in the Parish Center. Ms. Lin will present her 2019 Read More ››
GREENWICH—Back in the 1950s, when Alan Detscher was an altar boy at Sacred Heart Church in Byram, he missed two Masses…and the pastor “fired” him. It could have been an inauspicious start for a young man who was destined to the priesthood, but he took it Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Call: In February of 2018 the St. John Paul II Fund was launched to seek applications from parishes and diocesan organizations to find innovative approaches to invigorating religious education and youth ministry. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano emphasized the importance of “thinking outside the box,” as we Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Declaring that the Catholic Church is unafraid of history, Pope Francis announced that documents in the Vatican Secret Archives relating to the wartime pontificate of Pope Pius XII will be open to scholars in 2020.
Researchers, particularly those interested in Catholic-Jewish relations, have pressed the Vatican Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT- The “40 Days for Life Vigil” will be observed within the Diocese of Bridgeport from March 6 to April 14, 2019.
The campaign will take place in Bridgeport and Danbury, outside of local Planned Parenthood clinics.
“From March 6 to April 14, our community will take part Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Saint John Paull II Fund has provided a grant award in 2018 to The Leadership Institute of the Diocese of Bridgeport to launch The Family Bible Challenge for Lent.
This innovative program is both an invitation and a challenge to young and old to spend time this Lent Read More ››
HAMDEN—Kelsey Shaver still remembers visiting her grandmother as a little girl and rubbing her back and shoulders to alleviate her chronic pain. It brought her relief, and on one occasion she held Kelsey’s hands and said, “God kissed these hands.” It was a childhood memory that Read More ››
EL PASO—Bishops from Texas and Mexico called for solidarity with migrants as a Catholic response to the national emergency declared at the U.S.-Mexico border.
They also questioned if the emergency—declared by U.S. President Donald Trump to free up funds for building a border wall—was as urgent as Read More ››
WATERBURY—The Second Annual Mountaintop Mass at Holy Land USA, honoring the life and legacy of Venerable Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, will be held April 28, Divine Mercy Sunday.
Auxiliary Bishop Juan Miguel Betancourt will celebrate the Mass, which is cosponsored by the Read More ››
WASHINGTON–Monday night, the Senate failed to advance the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act—legislation that prohibits infanticide by ensuring that a child born alive following an abortion would receive the same degree of care to preserve her life and health as would be given to any other Read More ››
WESTON—The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based religious formation program that was begun over 60 years ago in Rome, Italy by Sofia Cavalletti. It is rooted in the Bible, the Liturgy and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Last week The Face of Prayer™ added eleven prestigious catechists to the online video catechism that launched on September 8, 2018. These scholars are faculty and staff members at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
The McGrath Read More ››
NORWALK—St. Philip Church holds its annual hunger awareness event ‘FoodFast – Be the Change’ Saturday to help raise awareness and funds for Eradication of World Hunger. Over 50 teens from local area parishes and middle/high schools participated in the daylong event.
Saint Philip Parish, a welcoming Catholic community, Read More ››
STRATFORD—Stratford basketball coach Tim Swaller had a game plan for Kolbe Cathedral’s Quinton Sneed. Unfortunately for the Red Devils, Sneed was not to be denied.
Combining 17 points with 24 rebounds, Sneed led the sixth-seeded Cougars to a 61-54 victory over third-seeded Stratford in the South West Read More ››
TRUMBULL—On a bus ride back from this year’s March for Life, Dave Janny and ten other members of St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull had the chance to view a movie trailer that made them wonder what they could do to insure that others might be able Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—The time has come for an “all-out battle” against the abuse of minors, erasing this abominable crime from the face of the earth, Pope Francis said, closing a global four-day summit on child protection in the Catholic Church.
For quite some time, the world has been Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Every third Friday morning you’ll find a lively group of students and staff from Saint Catherine Academy and volunteers from the Order of Malta engaged in a signature project: the creation of 300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport.
“This is a Read More ››
STAMFORD—Trinity Catholic High School will cap off a month of celebrations and art contests in a day dedicated to Black History Month, Tuesday February 27. The day of celebrations will also feature a moving exhibit of actual slave artifacts along with a day of food and Read More ››
NEWTOWN—The fourth-grade class at St. Rose of Lima received the People’s Choice Award for Best Decorated Christmas Tree at the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, Conn.
Twenty-six fourth grade classes from around the state decorated trees reflecting this year’s theme “Christmas in Poland.” Under the guidance Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Sponsored by The Center for Catholic Studies, Anthony Domestico will present “Art, Sacrament and Poetry” at Fairfield University on Monday March 4 at 4:30 p.m. In his March 4 lecture, Anthony Domestico, PhD will consider how two contemporary Catholic poets — Lawrence Joseph and Fanny Howe — are rethinking the sacramental in Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Every third Saturday a community of volunteers from the Order of Malta prepares and serves a hot, hearty breakfast to guests at the Thomas Merton Center. A lay religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, the Order of Malta is dedicated to serving the sick and Read More ››
DANBURY—Tong Lilly Zeng ’19 of Danbury and Sophia Pilla ‘19 of Ridgefield recently won Scholastic Arts Awards for their original artwork produced in their art portfolio and graphics design classes at Immaculate High School.
Tong won a Silver Key Award for her painting “Redemption” and Sophia won Read More ››
The student in each of us must always be ready to learn – in our homes, with our friends, and most certainly on our spiritual journey with God. As a mother and a teacher, I am made humble each time I step into a classroom or Read More ››
DENVER—When most people think about street preaching, they picture tent revivals, or the fiery Protestant minister with King James Bible in hand shouting about being saved, or the apocalyptic firebrand imploring repentance. Few likely think of the Catholic Church.
But there are a number of organizations that Read More ››