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,” 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Read More ››
HAMDEN- Claire Donelan ’18 (Fairfield) and Avishan Montazer ’18 (Hamden) were selected to represent Sacred Heart Academy at the Southern Connecticut Conference’s (SCC) 24thScholar Leader Banquet. At the event, 46scholar leaders, two from each member school, were recognized for outstanding scholarship and leadership in their respective schools Read More ››
FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Students at Sacred Heart University don’t just play video games—they also build them.
Nearly two years ago, Robert McCloud, associate professor in the School of Computing, began providing his students hands-on game design experience.
“One of the most important things for students looking for jobs is to Read More ››
Bill Mitchell still remembers the night he took his three sons to an Islanders’ game at Nassau Coliseum. He remembers bringing them to the suite. He remembers the hostess handing him his first double Scotch. But that’s all he remembers.
The next morning he woke with Read More ››
STAMFORD—Colin Lomnitzer, of Trumbull, a seminarian at John Fisher Seminary Residence, received his Candidacy from Bishop Frank J. Caggiano on Sunday April 22 during the noon time Mass at St. Piux X Church in Fairfield.
At the Candidacy ceremony, seminarians become official candidates for preparation for the sacrament Read More ››
DARIEN- “It’s a pilgrimage we’re all involved with…at every level: physically; spiritually; emotionally…but we’ll make it to the Promised Land.”
Typically a pilgrimage involves taking a journey to a different place, and being changed in the process. But the parishioners at St. Thomas More Church in Darien Read More ››
TRUMBULL- The Parish of Saint Catherine of Siena is hosting a paper shredding fundraising event on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 9 a.m. – 12 noon, rain or shine. All kinds of papers and documents will be shredded while you wait by a professional shredding truck. No Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Diocesan Youth Choir will “Lift Every Voice” in its upcoming Spring Concert set for this Sunday, April 29th, at 4:00 pm at St. Theresa Parish (5301 Main St, Trumbull, CT 06611) in Trumbull.
The concert, open free of charge to the public, will follow the annual Wedding Read More ››
TRUMBULL- This Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3:00pm at St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull (5301 Main St, Trumbull, CT 06611), Bishop Caggiano will be celebrating the 2018 Wedding Jubilee Mass.
This Mass is for couples celebrating 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50+ year wedding anniversaries.
Photos with Bishop Read More ››
DARIEN—“We’re here to celebrate Catholic education and the young people who have been entrusted to our care,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano to a gathering of almost 300 at the Annual Spring Gala of Foundations in Education Thursday night at Woodway Country Club.
“Your support for Catholic Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University Exercise Science Professor and Master of Public Health Director Anna Greer is leading a series of workshops and training to promote safety for Bridgeport students who walk to school. Her efforts began in response to a 2017 Bridgeport policy that states all high Read More ››
Among the many programs and ministries it supports, the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal, “Joy in Christ, Our Gift to Share,” assists Catholic Charities, the largest non-government provider of social services in Fairfield County. Rooted in the Catholic philosophy of faith in action, Catholic Charities of Fairfield Read More ››
BROOKFIELD—The Diocese of Bridgeport will launch the first parochial school of its kind in Fairfield County in July, when it reorganizes St. Joseph School into multi-age classrooms that encourage personalized learning.
The new classroom model, which is sometimes called blended learning, will group students of different ages Read More ››
NORWALK—The Norwalk-based Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick 4TH Degree Assembly No. 100 recently hosted its 2nd Patriot Dinner, which raised a total of $2,000 for veterans of American Legion Frank C Godfrey Post 12 Norwalk and American Legion James B. Whipple Post 86 Wilton. In addition Read More ››
The Catholic Charities/Aetna Golf Classic will take place Monday, June 4, at the Patterson Club in Fairfield. Last year, the event raised $100,000 for Catholic Charities of Fairfield County (CCFC), making it a principal fundraiser for the agency.
This year, the Aetna Golf Classic will honor the Read More ››
DARIEN—Please join us at Foundations in Education’s 2018 Annual Spring Gala to celebrate and support Catholic education in the Diocese of Bridgeport. The Gala will be held at Woodway Country Club in Darien, on Thursday, April 19, 2018, from 6-9:30 pm.
Together with The Most Reverend Frank Read More ››
STAMFORD—Recently eight St. Thomas More Parish Youth Group teens put their faith into action and shared life experiences by volunteering at DOMUS KIDS in Stamford.
Domus serves more than 1,100 of the most struggling youth in Stamford with a mix of educational, community and residential programs. The Read More ››
DANBURY—Immaculate High School (IHS) is committed to providing a modern college-preparatory, Catholic-based education to its students with the goal of them attending top-rated colleges with confidence about their future paths. One way Immaculate does so is by hosting an annual Career Day for all students so Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—The diaconate is the fastest growing ministry in the United States with the number of ordained deacons up more than 41% in the last 14 years, said Deacon Greg Kandra at the Annual Convocation for Deacons of the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Speaking to more than 100 deacons Read More ››
Jessica Nayden, program coordinator for the diocesan Catholic Service Corps, still remembers the summer she led a group of young people on a mission to Everett, Massachusetts, to work on a home that had fallen into disrepair. The task seemed to be a simple one—scrape the Read More ››
WESTPORT—For most people, life is about three questions, said Bishop Robert Morneau last night in his talk at Assumption Church in Westport, “Who am I, Where am I going? How do I get there. ”
“But the real question is not who am I, but whose am Read More ››
NORWALK—The Most Reverend Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will be the special guest speaker at the Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360’s 5th Annual Family Communion Breakfast on Sunday, June 3, 2018 after the 9am Mass (around 10am) in the St. Matthew Masterpool Great Room, 216 Read More ››
SHELTON—Peter Thomas Farrelly, Jr., age 65, a parishioner of St. Lawrence Parish in Shelton, entered into rest on Friday, April 6. He is the beloved husband of 40 years of Mary Jo (Ertola) Farrelly.
Farrelly was born in the Bronx, NY on July 30, 1952. He grew Read More ››
DANBURY—The Immaculate High School CyberPatriots team placed first in the Connecticut Regional National Youth Cyber Defense Competition sponsored by the National Cyber Education Program. This is the third year in a row that the team won the State competition.
The IHS team came in first place in Read More ››
STAMFORD—On April 4, Trinity Catholic High School held it’s annual Fashion Show, featuring juniors and seniors—along with softball and Basketball Coach Rita Jagodzinski, Guidance Counselor Michael Surace and Assistant Principal Christine Wagner. The event took place at 7:30 pm in the auditorium of the school. Lord Read More ››
STAMFORD—John T. Grosso of Stamford has been named Director of Digital Media of the Diocese of Bridgeport. His appointment, effective immediately, was announced by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.
Grosso joined the diocese in 2015 and has led the successful social media initiatives since that time. His new Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Over the next two weeks, the Diocesan Leadership Institute is hosting two youth ministry focused webinars.
The first, on Monday, April 9th at 2-3 pm is entitled “The Start of Something Big—Preparing Youth for Confirmation,” and will feature Tom East, the Director of The Center for Ministry Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Foundations in Education, a non profit organization created to assist the Diocese of Bridgeport’s ongoing mission to support Catholic Education in Fairfield County, recently published their Spring 2018 newsletter, providing updates on a number of ongoing initiatives.
As you can see in the attachment below, much progress Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS)—God calls all Christians to be saints—not plastic statues of saints, but real people who make time for prayer and who show loving care for others in the simplest gestures, Pope Francis said in his new document on holiness.
“Do not be afraid of holiness. Read More ››
The following blog is a reflection from Bishop Frank Caggiano, originally written in January 2018, during our Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The reflection originally appeared on Bishop Frank’s Facebook page, and details his experience praying in the Basilica of the Annunciation.
It is said that “man Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The mercy of Christ must be found in our parish communities and in our relationships with others, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said during his homily at the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass held this afternoon at St. Augustine Cathedral.
“We who celebrate the gift of God’s Divine Mercy Read More ››
Vatican City, Apr 8, 2018 / 04:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the Second Sunday of Easter, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis said that our relationship with God is a personal one, filled with his love and mercy, where we proclaim like St. Thomas: Read More ››
WHAT: The Sacred Heart University College of Nursing and the Center for Healthcare Education Inaugural Year Lecture Series presents “A Dialogue on Compassion: The Lived Experience.” Guest speakers will discuss compassion in healthcare.
WHO: Dominic Vachon, Ph.D., is the director of is the director of the Ruth Read More ››
DARIEN—“60 Minutes” has succeeded because it treats news as public service not simply as a business decision, said CBS News chairman and “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager at the New Covenant Center Celebrity Breakfast this morning in Darien.
More than 200 turned out at Woodway Country Read More ››
NEWTOWN—St. Rose of Lima School’s Fifth Grade Colonial Wax Museum project was staged for the school on March 27. Paula Davenport’s students each transformed in to a colonial figure—everyone from Betsy Ross, Abigail Adams and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton to Thomas Jefferson, Benedict Arnold and Paul Read More ››
On Sunday April 8th, join Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and your Diocese of Bridgeport family as we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday.
Mass will begin at 2 pm at the Cathedral of St. Augustine, 399 Washington Avenue, Bridgeport.
The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed at 3 pm, immediately Read More ››
WESTPORT—Bishop Robert Morneau, retired Auxiliary Bishop of Green Bay, will discuss the “Seven Habits on the Path to Holiness” on April 11, 7 pm at Assumption Parish in Westport.
Bishop Morneau’s talk is being sponsored by the diocesan Leadership Institute as part of its newly launched Bishop’s Read More ››
BALTIMORE—In a recent pastoral letter, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore said that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “principles of nonviolence” are the keys to “address and resist injustice” in the Baltimore area.
“The wisdom of Dr. King’s teaching is both timely and important for our family Read More ››
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Easter makes it clear that in the life of Jesus, but also in the lives of modern men and women, “death, solitude and fear” do not have the last word, Pope Francis said before giving his Easter blessing.
“The words heard by the Read More ››
BROOKFIELD— This past month, first and seventh graders at St. Joseph School Brookfield, under the guidance of their teachers, Jeanne Vitetta (grade 1) and Kathleen Benzing (grade 7), donated items for and put together Easter goody bags to be distributed at Dorothy Day Hospitality House in Read More ››
STAMFORD—“We adore you O Christ and we praise you. Because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world,” chanted more than 1,000 faithful in the Good Friday Stations of the Cross as they processed through the Cove section of Stamford.
The procession began in the mid-morning Read More ››
ROME (CNS)—Before washing the feet of 12 prisoners, Pope Francis told them and hundreds of inmates to remember that Jesus constantly stands before them with love, ready to cleanse their sins and forgive them.
“Jesus takes a risk on each of us. Know this: Jesus is called Read More ››
I’m a lucky guy…that is what John would often say about his life, certainly about his friends, but most particularly about this parish. He felt so blessed to have been given the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those people entrusted to his Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT– “Offering the sacrifice of the Mass is the greatest gift we share as priests,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano told the more than 200 priests who processed into St. Augustine Cathedral for the Chrism Mass as the choir sang the hymn, “Christ is Made the Sure Read More ››
NEW HAVEN—As Holy Week begins, the Knights of Columbus is transferring more than $1 million in aid to persecuted Christians in the Middle East. The support includes $800,000 in new financial assistance and $250,000 as part of its ongoing commitment to rebuilding an Iraqi Christian town.
The Read More ››
STAMFORD—Trinity Catholic High School held a clothing drive last Saturday, March 24th, at the school. Over 100 boxes of clothing, donated by generous Stamford residents, were packed up by 30 Trinity Catholic students. The students loaded everything on to a O’Neil & Sons moving truck and Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will celebrate the Chrism Mass on Wednesday, March 28, at 3 pm at St. Augustine Cathedral in 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—Thousands across the diocese and the greater New York City area turned out yesterday for Reconciliation Monday.
Bishop Caggiano called for participation in Reconciliation Monday to encourage people to experience the healing and blessing of Confession and “to be reconciled to the Lord in advance of Easter.”
This Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Father Andrew G. Marus, Pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Stratford, passed away on March 26, at New York Community Hospital in Brooklyn at the age of 72.
The body of Father Marus will be received at 9 am on Monday, April 2, at Holy Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Parishioners of St. Margaret Shrine gathered yesterday afternoon at 2 pm for the Stations of the Cross and Benediction.
Originally schedule as an outdoor Station on the grounds of the Shrine, the event was moved inside because of the cold and windy weather.
Msgr. J. Peter Cullen, retired Read More ››
Father John Baran, our pastor, and my dear friend died on Saturday. He was only 59.
As I mentioned back in December, when I asked for you to pray with me for Fr. John, this good priest was among the first of many I met here in Read More ››
No one is really prepared for it, even when you know it is coming. The loss of a beloved priest and pastor is like the loss of a father, a brother, a friend. So with the passing this morning (March 24) of Fr. John Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—Rev. John P. Baran, age 59, Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, died and entered eternal life on Saturday, March 24, 2018 in Bridgeport Hospital.
Father John was born in Derby, son of the late Andrew and Mary Bulbert Baran. Raised in Shelton, he is a Read More ››
Summary Collaboration was written by Reverend Fr. John Ringley, Mr. John Iannone, Holy Shroud of Turin Expert, Cindy Lucignano – Divine Mercy Advocate and Photographer
On Thursday, March 15, 2018 the Cathedral Parish in Bridgeport, Connecticut hosted an eye opening presentation on the Shroud of Turin, the Read More ››
Father Rob Kinnally, pastor of St. Aloysius Parish in New Canaan, still remembers his first Confession almost 50 years ago. He was seven years old and went to Father Foley, who had been at Christ the King Church in Yonkers for “what seemed like forever.” The Read More ››
TRUMBULL– Preparing for Palm Sunday—Young people from St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull help to prepare palms for their distribution on Palm Sunday.
The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem the week before his passion and crucifixion. The Gospels attest that as Jesus entered Read More ››
GREENWICH—Six young scientists representing Greenwich Catholic School earned multiple awards at the 70th Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair (CSEF) held at Quinnipiac University last Saturday.
GCS 7th grader Sebastian Henao won second place in the 7th Grade Life Science division for his project, “Hydrogen Power,” which evaluated Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—Young people want trusted guides as they explore their faith and their vocation, said five young adults from the United States attending the Vatican’s pre-synod meeting.
The U.S. delegates to the Vatican meeting March 19-25 also said the 305 young adults from around the world want Read More ››
The following is a reflection from Msgr. J. Peter Cullen on the recent “Lenten Evening of Recollection” at Holy Spirit Parish in Stamford.
Sister M. Gaudia Skass, OLM presented a special “Lenten Evening of Recollection” at Holy Spirit Parish in Stamford on Monday, March 12th. I was Read More ››