Monthly Newspaper • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT

BRIDGEPORT—Reverend Jose de Brito Alves died, this morning, September 6, in Portugal. He was 78 years of age.

“Many in our Diocese will fondly remember Fr. Alves for his long-time ministry to the Portuguese community at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Bridgeport,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano. “Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Alves and the consolation of his family.”

Jose de Brito Alves was born on May 25, 1944 in Portugal, the son of Manuel Jose Alves and Isaura Mendes de Brito, in the parish of Mei, municipality of Arcos de Valdevez, Diocese of Viana do Castelo.

From an early age he felt the call to the priestly life, attending the Braga Seminaries from 1955-1967.

On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fátima, he was ordained a priest on August 15, 1967, in the Sanctuary of Fátima, by Cardinal D. Manuel Gonçalves Cerejeira.

On August 29, 1967, he was appointed by the Archbishop of Braga as parish priest of Cossourado and Linhares, municipality, archpriestship of Paredes de Coura. After two years, he was released from the parish of Linhares to take over the community of Sapardos, municipality of Vila Nova de Cerveira in June of 1969.

Father Alves requested permission from his bishop to come to the Diocese of Bridgeport to serve the Portuguese community of the city of Bridgeport. Bishop Walter Curtis agreed to receive Father Alves and in May 1975, he was appointed as the Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Bridgeport. He served in that capacity until 1996, when he was appointed Administrator of the parish. Father held this appointment until his retirement in 2019.

In his retirement Father Alves returned to the Diocese of Viana do Castelo, residing and collaborating pastorally in Arcos de Valdevez. On October 18, 2019, he was temporarily appointed parish priest of the parishes of Álvora and Portela, archpriestship of Arcos de Valdevez.

All services will be conducted for Father Alves in Portugal.

BRIDGEPORT—Reverend Nick A. Cirillo, pastor of St. Edward the Confessor Parish in New Fairfield, went home to the Lord on Sunday, August 28, 2022. He was 54 years of age.

“Father Nick faced his suffering and final illness with great courage and faith. He wanted all to know that he left this world filled with gratitude for all the goodness that God had shared with him, in his life and priesthood,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano. “Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Cirillo and for the consolation of his family.”

Nick Anthony Cirillo was born on August 16, 1968. He was baptized in Saint Andrew Church in Bridgeport. He also received his First Holy Communion and Confirmation at Saint Andrew.  Father Cirillo received his grammar school education in Bridgeport public schools and attended Notre Dame High School in Fairfield from which he graduated in 1986. He majored in religious studies and philosophy at Fairfield University receiving his Bachelor of Arts in 1990. 

Father Cirillo received his priestly formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, and was granted a Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology.  He was ordained to the priesthood at Saint Augustine Cathedral on July 1, 1995 by Bishop Edward M. Egan.  

Immediately following his ordination, Father Cirillo was given a summer assignment at St. Lawrence Parish in Shelton after which he returned to Rome to complete his Licentiate. Upon his return to the diocese in 1996, he was once again assigned to St. Lawrence Church. This was followed by a six-year assignment commencing in 2005 at Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford while living at the St. John Fisher Seminary. He served as a spiritual director at both places.

He was named pastor of St. Edward the Confessor Parish in New Fairfield in 2011, where he served until his passing. 

Father Cirillo served several terms on the Presbyteral Council. He was also Dean of Our Lady, Queen of Confessors Deanery from 2017 until his passing. 

In 2008, when he was serving as spiritual director of St John Fisher Seminary, Father Cirillo wrote a memorable tribute to Father Joseph Linck who had passed away at the age of 43. Father Cirillo’s words of remembrance for Father Linck also beautifully commemorate his own final days and the courage of his priestly witness:  “He was faithful in life, providing a model of how to love of God above all things and to trust His providence. He was faithful even in death, showing us how to bear suffering with steadfast faith and reserved dignity. Even as illness claimed more and more of his strength, he struggled to offer whatever he could muster for the sake of his ministry and for the glory of God.” 

Father Cirillo’s body will be received on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at St. Edward the Confessor Church, 21 Brush Hill Rd., New Fairfield at 3:00 pm and will lie in repose until 7:00 pm. At 7:00 pm a Mass will be celebrated for the repose of his soul with Reverend Robert Crofut as homilist. Bishop Caggiano will celebrate Father Cirillo’s Funeral Mass and serve as homilist on Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 11:00 am.                        

BRIDGEPORT– Deacon Roland Joseph “Rocky” Blier died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday August 10, 2022, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 91.

“It is with great sadness I must inform you of the death of Deacon Roland J. Blier,” Bishop Caggiano said in making the announcement.

“As a member of the inaugural class of Deacons in the diocese, Deacon Blier was a living sign of service who brought Christ to the workplace and to all those he accompanied in their faith journey. He was blessed with a long and fruitful life, which he freely shared with so many. Though successful in all that he did, Roland Blier found his true and deepest calling in his ministry. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Blier and for the consolation of his loving family.”

Ordained a deacon in 1978, by the Most Rev. Walter W. Curtis, second Bishop of Bridgeport, he served at St. Andrew Parish in Bridgeport and St. Thomas More parish in Darien. Deacon Blier took great joy in delivering the children’s sermons, managing to be completely compelling to the children while simultaneously delivering a pointed message to the parents.

Born in rural Van Buren, ME, to Joseph and Catherine (Ouellette) Blier, he was the fourteenth of 18 children. He attended Van Buren Boys’ High School briefly before leaving to help support his family, working odd jobs before enlisting in the Air Force in 1951.

While home visiting his parents in late 1954, he was introduced to Priscilla Violette. They were engaged by Valentine’s Day, 1955, and married in August. Three children and 19 moves later, he retired from the Air Force in 1974 with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant and moved to Bridgeport, CT. His distinguished Air Force career was followed by 21 years as a logistics engineer with Sikorsky Aircraft.

Deacon Blier greeting a parishioner 1997

Deacon Blier is remembered by family and friends for his commitment to doing good work and taking care of people and helping them get through difficulties in their lives. Among his honors and achievements are receiving a Bronze Star for his tour of duty at Bien Hoa, Vietnam; achieving the rank of Fourth Degree in the Knights of Columbus; and becoming a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre in recognition of his service to the Church. Additionally, he earned a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees well into his 50s.

Friends and family remember that in the end, when Parkinson’s took a lot of his language and his ability to tell the stories he loved to share. But what remained were phrases like, “I thank you!” “Love you, too.” And “Boy, that’s good!” along with his infectious full-face smile. He did what he always did right until the end, devotedly cheering people on and ensuring they were ok, making him a favorite among the good people who cared for him. He went peacefully, confident in a life well-lived and the love of people too numerous to name.

He is survived by his wife, Priscilla; his children, Peter Blier and wife Patty Blauner, Maggie McCarthy, and Helen Blier; 9 grandchildren: Ben Blier and wife Veronica Haakonsen, Noah Blier, Micki McCarthy, Kristin Bradbury and husband Andy, Patrick McCarthy and wife Kelly, Jackie Mizak and husband Dan, Kevin McCarthy, JB Parker-Blier, and Abbey Parker-Blier; and 6 great-grandchildren: Gabe McCarthy; Eleanor, Margaret, and George Bradbury; and Skyla and Willow Mizak.

The Funeral Mass will be held at 12 PM on Friday, August 19, 2022 at St. Andrew Church, 435 Anton St., Bridgeport, CT. It will also be livestreamed on the church’s Facebook Page. Calling Hours will take place Friday morning from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM in St. Andrew Church.

The Commerce Hill Funeral Home, 4798 Main St., Bridgeport, has been entrusted with the services. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that donations be sent to The Parkinson’s Foundation ( parkinson.org ) or Foundations In Education ( foundationsineducation.org ). For online condolences, memorial tributes and to make a donation, visit us at commercehillfh.com

BRIDGEPORT—Father Bernard A. Keefe died on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. He was 89 years of age.

“Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Keefe and for the consolation of his family,” Bishop Caggiano said in making the announcement.

Bernard A. Keefe was born on April 21, 1933. He served in the United States Navy from 1951-1955. Father Keefe received his priestly formation at Christ the King Seminary in Olean, New York and was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Albany on December 21, 1963.

Following his ordination, he began his priestly ministry at Immaculate Conception Church in Scotia, New York. In subsequent years, he served at Saint Mary Church in Glens Falls, New York and Saint Mary Church in Hudson, New York.

In 1976, Father Keefe came to the Diocese of Bridgeport; his first assignment was at Saint Charles Borromeo Church in Bridgeport. He was transferred to St. Peter Church in Danbury in 1981 and then five years later to St. Maurice Church in the Glenbrook section of Stamford. While serving at Saint Maurice, Father Keefe was incardinated into the Diocese of Bridgeport on April 25, 1988.

In 2004, Father Keefe moved to Saint Aloysius Church in New Canaan where he served until his retirement in 2008.

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will celebrate Father Keefe’s Funeral Mass on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 9:30 am at St. Aloysius Church. The homilist will be Monsignor William Scheyd.

BRIDGEPORT—Father Philip Walter Brady passed away on Tuesday, June 22, 2022. He was 103 years of age.

“Father Brady had a remarkable 79-year priesthood and is still remembered fondly by many in our diocese, particularly his many friends at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Shelton. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Brady and for the consolation of his family,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.

Philip Brady was born in Rochester, N.Y., on September 16, 1918, the son of Philip and Dorothy Brady. He was baptized on September 28, 1918.

Father Brady attended St. Mark’s School and Little Seminary, both in Buffalo, N.Y. Upon finishing high school in 1936, he continued his studies at St. Columban’s Preparatory Seminary in Silver Creek, N.Y. and later studied theology at St. Columban’s Seminary in St. Columbans, Nebraska.

Father Brady was ordained to the priesthood on December 18, 1943, by Most Reverend J. A. Duffy in Buffalo, N.Y. as a member of the Foreign Missionary Society of St. Columban.

Following his ordination, his first assignment was as a parish priest in the Diocese of Buffalo. Next, he was transferred to the Society’s seminary in Milton Massachusetts. For the next 13 years, he was assigned to promotion work, which involved encouraging vocations and raising funds for the Columban Fathers.

Father did this work in New England where, over a three-year period, he helped out at St.Mary Church in Milford. The Society then assigned him to teach in their seminary high school in Silver Creek, N.Y.

In 1960, he requested release from his oath of membership in the Foreign Missionary Society of St. Columban and began a three-year trial assignment in the Diocese of Bridgeport. During those years, he served at St. Mary Church in Greenwich, St. Mary High School and St.Joseph Hospital in Stamford. In 1963, he was incardinated in the Diocese of Bridgeport. Also in 1963, Father Brady received a master’s of science in Education from Canisius College in Buffalo.

After his incardination, Father Brady continued in his assignment as spiritual director and faculty member at St. Mary Girls High School, residing at St. Paul Church in the Glenville section of Greenwich. In 1968, Bishop Walter Curtis appointed him as the second pastor of St. Margaret Mary Church in Shelton where he served until his retirement in 1993.

Father Brady served as a member of the Priests’ Council from 1975-1977.

Upon retirement, Father Brady moved to New Hampshire, where he assisted part-time at St.Joseph Church in Woodsville until 2005. At that time, due to health concerns, he moved to Yucca, Valley, California and received permission to assist at local parishes in the Diocese of San Bernardino. In 2010, he returned to the Buffalo area and moved into a senior living community in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Father Brady’s Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at Nativity of OurLord Church in Orchard Park, N.Y.

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BRIDGEPORT—Father Nello A. Barachini passed away on Friday afternoon, May 20, 2022. He was 94 years of age.

“Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Barachini and for the consolation of his family,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano. Father Barachini was known to many in the Bridgeport area as former chaplain of Bridgeport Hospital.

Nello Barachini was born in Albany, N.Y., on February 18, 1928, son of Louis and Maria Barachini. He was baptized at St. Anthony Church in Albany and confirmed at St. Joseph Church, also in Albany.

He attended St. Joseph Academy School and Bethlehem Central High School. Father Barachini served in the United States Navy and as 2nd Officer in the US Merchant Marines for over 25 years prior to entering the Vincentian Order. He studied theology at St. Joseph Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Conn. and the Angelicum in Rome. Father Barachini was ordained to the priesthood on October 11, 1986 by Most Reverend John F. Hackett at St. Michael Church in Derby.

Following his ordination, his first assignment as a Vincentian priest was at St. Stanislaus Church in New Haven, Conn. from 1986-1989. Next, he was transferred to St. Michael Church in Derby, serving until 1991. At that time, he formally requested incardination in the Diocese of Bridgeport as well as release from his vows as a Vincentian. In 1992, he was appointed the chaplain at Bridgeport Hospital, residing at St. Ambrose Church. Father served at Bridgeport Hospital for 14 years. After three years of service, Father’s request for incardination was granted in November of 1994. Father Barachini served at St. Jerome Parish in Norwalk in his first assignment in the diocese. He also resided at St. Margaret Mary in Shelton and St. Mark in Stratford. He retired from full-time ministry in 2003, but continued to assist at Bridgeport Hospital and St. Mark until his health made it impossible.

Given his seafaring background, Father Barachini served as chaplain to the Port of the City of Bridgeport for a number of years, beginning in 1992.

Father Barachini’s body will be received at St. Lawrence Church located at 505 Shelton Avenue in Shelton on Friday, May 27 at 4 pm and will lie in repose until 7 pm. At 7 pm, Mass will be celebrated for the repose of Father Barachini’s soul. The principal celebrant will be Father Ciprian Bejan, pastor of St. Lawrence; the homilist will be Reverend Joseph Marcello.

Bishop Caggiano will celebrate the Funeral Mass on Saturday, May 28 at 10 am. The homilist will be Father Ciprian Bejan.

BRIDGEPORT—Monsignor Andrew G. Varga, pastor of St. Luke Parish in Westport, passed away on Monday afternoon, March 7, 2022. He was 69 years of age.

“Monsignor Varga had an abiding love and appreciation for the people of his parish and a generous heart toward all those in need and will be deeply missed. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Msgr. Varga and for the consolation of his family,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano in making the announcement.

Msgr. Varga was appointed pastor of St. Luke Church in Westport in 1997, a position he held for 25 years. He also served the diocese as a territorial vicar and as a member of the Presbyteral Council and the College of Consultors.

He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Bridgeport by the Most Reverend Walter W. Curtis at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport on May 6, 1978.

Andrew George Varga was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on November 3, 1952, son of Andrew and Gizella Varga. He was baptized on November 30, 1952, at St. Stephen Church on Spruce Street in Bridgeport. He made his First Holy Communion and received the Sacrament of Confirmation at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Stratford.

He attended Saint Holy Name of Jesus School, Fairfield College Preparatory School in Fairfield and Fairfield University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Monsignor Varga received his priestly formation at the Theological College of the Catholic University of America, receiving a Master of Arts in Theology.

Following his ordination, his first assignment was as associate pastor of St. Matthew Church in Norwalk (1978-1983). In 1983, he was transferred to St. Theresa Church in Trumbull where he had served as a deacon. In 1991, Monsignor Varga was assigned to St. Leo Church in Stamford. In February 1992, he was assigned as temporary administrator of St. Joseph Parish in Brookfield before formally being made pastor in August of the same year.

In 1982, he was awarded a Doctor of Ministry degree from the School of Religious Studies in the Department of Theology at the Catholic University of America. Throughout his years of priestly ministry in the diocese, Msgr. Varga served on both the Presbyteral Council and the College of Consultors. Bishop Caggiano appointed Msgr. Varga as territorial vicar for Vicariate II in 2014.

He chaired the Diocesan Liturgical Commission for many years, served on the Sacred Arts Committee and was an active team member of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate, speaking at workshops around the country.

In addition, Msgr. taught homiletics in the Permanent Diaconate Formation Program for many years. Monsignor Varga was a member of the committee appointed by Bishop William Lori for the preparation and catechesis for the new English translation of the Roman Missal in 2011.

In 2008, Msgr. Varga received the great honor of being named chaplain to His Holiness.

Monsignor Varga’s body will be received at St. Luke Church in Westport on Thursday, March 17 at 3 pm and will lie in repose until 7 pm. At 7 pm, Mass will be celebrated for the repose of Msgr. Varga’s soul. The principal celebrant will be Msgr. Thomas Powers, vicar general; the homilist will be Father Skip Karcsinski.

Bishop Caggiano will celebrate the Funeral Mass on Friday, March 18 at 11 am. The homilist will be Deacon Brian Kelly. Interment will be private.

DANBURY—Deacon Daniel N. Myott, 84, of Danbury, beloved husband of Phyllis Myott, died peacefully at Bethel Healthcare on Thursday, January 27.

“It is with great sadness I must inform you of the death of Deacon Daniel Myott, “ said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.  His joyful life of love for family, Christian witness and service is a model to celebrate. He will long be remembered and cherished by the faithful of St. Gregory the Great Parish. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Daniel and for the consolation of his family, “ said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano in announcing Deacon Myott’s passing.

He was born in Portland, Maine on September 15, 1937, son of the late Norman and Madeline (Huston) Myott. Dan was a Veteran of the United States Air force during peacetime, where he served as Staff Sergeant for the 131st Tactical Fighter Squadron, stationed in Germany and in Northern Africa. Dan’s degree in electronics and passion for engineering led to a 37-year career at scientific instrument maker PerkinElmer, where he worked in various positions in sales and service.

During a snowy day off in an early PerkinElmer training program in the Poconos, Dan skied up to a tow bar line and met the love of his life, Phyllis Becker. Dan and Phyllis married after a whirlwind courtship, and embarked on the adventure of their lives after children Felicia, Michelle and Paul arrived in short order. Their life together spanned 57 years and was wreathed in love, laughter and faith, and culminated in the arrival of Dan’s pride and joy, his nine grandchildren—triplets Daniel, Katharine and Joseph Dixon, William, Adele and Timothy Whitlock, and MaryKate, Amanda and Christopher Myott. Dan has bequeathed to each of them his love of skiing, camping, travel, fast cars, sailing and family vacations at the ocean. But the greatest gifts he has passed along is how closely he cherished family and friends and his infectious sense of humor.

Dan was a man of deep faith and was ordained a Deacon in the Catholic Church in 1992. He served at St. Gregory the Great parish, where he and Phyllis have been devoted parishioners for over 50 years. Dan lived his vocation fully and was happiest serving others—he felt his calling was to serve the least among us, and he spent countless volunteer hours at the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen, Shelter for the Homeless, and Americares. His favorite parish ministries were administering the sacrament of baptism and ministering to the aged at Glen Hill Center. He will be greatly missed and remembered fondly by the St. Gregory the Great family, who supported Dan after he suffered a debilitating stroke in 2007.

In addition to his cherished wife of 57 years, Dan will be deeply missed by his three children, Felicia Dixon, Michelle Whitlock, and Paul Myott, his loving son-in-law Thomas Dixon, as well as by his devoted grandchildren, his brother, Stephen Myott and his wife, Linda, and Dan’s sister, Susan Downes. He will also be missed by a wonderful circle of friends, with whom he shared a truly unique bond. Finally, he will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know his warm smile and caring embrace.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Gregory the Great Church on Monday, January 31 at 11 am.  Cremation and interment in St. Peter Cemetery will take place at a later date.

The family will receive friends at the church on Sunday between the hours of 3-6 pm.

In keeping with Dan’s loving nature and desire to serve the needy, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be directed to St. Gregory the Great Church, Deacon Dan Myott Memorial, 85 Great Plain Rd. Danbury, Conn. 06811. All contributions will be used for parishioners with financial need.

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Father Robert J. Maty, remembered by many as the long-time pastor of the former St. John Nepomucene Parish in Bridgeport, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2022. He was 90 years of age.

He was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Reverend Lawrence J. Shehan, first Bishop of Bridgeport, at St. Mary’s Church in Bridgeport on May 25, 1957. During his many years of ministry, Father Maty served on the Priests’ Retirement Board, the Priests’ Council and as a member of the Board of Consultors.

Father Maty was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on November 15, 1931. He was baptized at St. John the Baptist Greek Catholic Church on November 29, Bridgeport Connecticut in the Byzantine Rite. As a result, Father Maty received First Communion and Confirmation on the same day. He transferred to the Latin Rite in 1953.

Father Maty attended grammar school at Sts. Cyril and Methodius School in Bridgeport and high school at Fairfield College Preparatory School in Fairfield, Connecticut, graduating in 1949. He attended college at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield from 1949-1951. Father Maty studied philosophy at St. Bernard Seminary in Rochester, New York, continuing there for his theology studies, which were completed in 1957. He was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Reverend Lawrence J. Shehan, Bishop of Bridgeport, at St. Mary’s Church, Bridgeport on May 25, 1957.

After his ordination, Father Maty first served as assistant at St. John Nepomucene Church in Bridgeport. In 1960, he served for one year as a teacher at Notre Dame High School while continuing to reside and assist at St. John Nepomucene Church.

From 1961-1967, he taught at St. John Nepomucene Commercial High School. In 1967, he was transferred to St. Benedict Church in Stamford, serving as assistant. From 1968-1974, he served as assistant at Holy Name Church in Stratford and St. Thomas the Apostle in East Norwalk, and, for a brief time, the administrator of St. Gabriel Church in Stamford. He returned to St. John Nepomucene as Assistant in 1974 and in 1978, Bishop Walter W. Curtis appointed him pastor of that church serving in that capacity until its closing in 1991.

He next served as parochial vicar at St. Teresa Parish in Trumbull from 1991-1996. Upon his appointment as director of the Office of the Propagation of the Faith, he took up residence at Holy Rosary Church in Bridgeport. He retired from active ministry in 2001, but continued to assist at Holy Name Church in Stratford for a number of years.

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will celebrate Father Maty’s Funeral Mass at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Stratford on Friday, January 21 at 10 am. There will be no viewing. Interment will be at St. Michael Cemetery in Stratford.

SCRANTON—Sister Barbara Nogiewich, IHM, (formerly known as Sister M. St. Barbara) of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She was born on February 22, 1939, in Huntington Station, NY, and given the name Margaret Ann. She was the daughter of the late John and Josephine Burcyk Nogiewich. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 7, 1956, and made her temporary profession of vows on March 12, 1959, and her final profession of vows on March 12, 1964.

Sister Barbara served as a teacher in the following schools: St. Joseph Elementary School in Danville, PA, from 1959 to 1960 and 1962 to 1966; St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Pittston, PA, from 1966 to 1974; St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Clinton, MD, from 1974 to 1980; Our Lady of Mercy Elementary School in Forest Hills, NY, from 1980 to 1982; St. Raymond Elementary School in East Rockaway, NY, from 1982 to 1988; Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Elementary School in, Forest Hills, NY, from 1988 to 1991; Epiphany Elementary School in Sayre, PA, from 1991 to 1994; Monsignor McHugh Elementary School in Cresco, PA, from 1994 to 1995; and St. Ambrose Elementary School in Bridgeport, CT, from 1996 to 1999.

Sister also served in child care at St. Mary’s Home in Cresson, PA, from 1960 to 1962; lovingly cared for her mother in the family home in Huntington Station, NY, from 1999 to 2012; instructor in the Educational Enrichment Institute at the IHM Center in Scranton, from 2012 to 2019; and support services at the IHM Center in Scranton, PA, from 2014 to 2019.

From 2019 until the time of her death, Sister Barbara was a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, and a Master of Science degree in elementary education, both from Marywood College.

She is preceded in death by a brother, John.

She is survived by a sister, Barbara Ann of Huntington Station, NY; a niece and cousins. She is also survived by the members of the IHM Congregation.

Interment will be at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, PA. Due to restrictions related to the coronavirus, the funeral mass and graveside service are private.

Memorial contributions may be made to support the retired IHM Sisters c/o the IHM Sisters Retirement Fund, IHM Center, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.

STAMFORD—Monsignor Nicholas V. Grieco, founding editor of Fairfield County Catholic and first Director of Communications for the Diocese of Bridgeport, passed away on November 27, 2021, at the Catherine Dennis Keefe, Queen of the Clergy Residence in Stamford, where had had been residing since retiring in 2010. He was 88 years of age.

“Monsignor Grieco served the people of the diocese well and faithfully in a variety of assignments in parishes and on the diocesan level. Many recall his optimism, his collegiality and his commitment to religious education and evangelization. As we celebrate his life of service, let us also pray for the repose of the soul of Monsignor Grieco and the consolation of his family,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.

In 2009, Msgr. Grieco celebrated his 50th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination in a Jubilee Mass Celebration held at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Weston, where he was serving as pastor.

Nicholas Vincent Grieco was born in Brooklyn, NY, on April 7, 1933. He was baptized at Saint Frances de Chantal Church in Brooklyn, NY on June 4, 1933. He attended Saint Frances de Chantal Parochial School and LaSalle Academy. Monsignor Grieco’s home parish was administered by the Society of the Fathers of Mercy, and after discerning his vocation to the religious life and the priesthood, he entered the Society. He attended college at Our Lady of Mercy Seminary in Lenox Massachusetts. Monsignor Grieco next studied philosophy at the Catholic University of America. For the first two years of major seminary, he attended Athenaeum Pontificium Angelicum in Rome, later completing his theological studies at Catholic University in Washington, DC.

Monsignor Grieco was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Reverend John McNamara at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC on June 6, 1959. The following year, as a result of changes in the Society, Monsignor Grieco requested exclaustration from the Society which was granted in July of 1960. Most Reverend Lawrence Shehan, the Bishop of Bridgeport, permitted him to report for an assignment in the Diocese, and consequently, he was incardinated in February of 1964.

Monsignor Grieco’s first assignments were at St. Edward the Confessor Church in New Fairfield and Sacred Heart Church in Stamford. In August 1966, he took up residence at St. Raphael Rectory in Bridgeport and began his ministerial assignment as Spiritual Director of Notre Dame Girls’ High School in Bridgeport. In 1967, Bishop Walter Curtis appointed him as Diocesan Director of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine with residence at St. Peter Church in Bridgeport.

In 1972, Monsignor Grieco was appointed Director of the Division of Religious Education in the Department of Religious Education as well as the Vicariate Director of Religious Education for Vicariate III. In 1979, he was also named Secretary of Evangelization for the Diocese.

Monsignor Grieco began work as Assistant at St. Maurice Church in the Glenbrook section of Stamford in 1973. His next assignment was as the Director of Diocesan Communications in 1975 with a change of residence to St. Stephen Rectory in Trumbull. During his tenure as Director, Monsignor Grieco became the founding editor of the Fairfield County Catholic. The paper grew out of his work with “Instant Info,” a monthly newsletter published by the diocese. It began as largely calendar items and brief notices but became so popular that he started to include longer stories. The newsletter then evolved into Fairfield County Catholic, which published its first issue in January of 1984.

In 1986, papal honors were conferred on Monsignor Grieco when he was named Chaplain to His Holiness, Pope John Paul II.

While continuing his work as Secretary for Communications, Monsignor Grieco moved to St. Thomas Aquinas Parish as a resident in 1987. In 1992, he was named pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Weston, once again while continuing his work in Communications. After a long and fruitful active priestly ministry, Monsignor Grieco retired in 2010 and took up residence at the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of the Clergy Residence in Stamford and for many years continued to assist in parishes in the area.

In addition to the works mentioned above, Monsignor Grieco served as a member of the Diocesan Commission of the Sacred Liturgy of Music and Art in 1966, the Priests’ Council from 1976-1978, and the College of Consultors from 1998-2003.

A wake will be held on Thursday, December 2 from 6-8 pm at Saint Cecilia Church located at 1184 Newfield Avenue in Stamford. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will celebrate Monsignor’s funeral Mass on Friday, December 3, at 10 am, at Saint Cecilia Church. Monsignor Thomas Powers, Vicar General, will preach. Burial will take place at St. Charles Cemetery in East Farmingdale, Long Island, New York.

BRIDGEPORT—On Easter Sunday, April 16, 1933, Lorraine Agnes was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut to Clifford Stephen, a native of Chicago, and Theresa Butkus Quinn of Fairfield, Connecticut. Her big brother, three years old, “loved to steal into her room and try to hold her.” Sadly, that September he died of appendicitis. Five years later, another brother, Clifford John, arrived. He was the brother she had begged her mother for, because “all her playmates had baby brothers.” Big sister Lorraine was baptized at Assumption Church, in Fairfield. Later, First Communion and Confirmation were celebrated at Holy Family Church, also in Fairfield.

After starting in public schools, Lorraine and Cliff were registered at St. Ann School in Fairfield, in the sixth and second grades, with the Sisters of Charity. “From the first day of school with the Sisters, I knew that that is what I wanted to be,” she later wrote. For high school, Lorraine first enrolled at St. John Commercial, a two-year school conducted by SSNDs in Bridgeport offering both an academic and business curriculum.

There she learned about the SSND Aspiranture in Fort Lee, New Jersey, at the Academy of the Holy Angels. Quite excited by the reports she heard, Lorraine asked her mother’s permission to go there, but “she was very unresponsive and said no. She did not want me to leave home for school, but after a talk with one of the Sisters she gave her consent.” Her father died very suddenly during the summer of 1949, the time of her graduation from St. John’s. “But this did not change my mother’s decision,” Lorraine wrote. She graduated from the Aspiranture in 1951 and entered the Candidature in Baltimore the following August.

During her two years as a Candidate, Lorraine taught primary grades in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Taneytown, Md.  From this last experience, she wrote, “from the example of my Superior, I began to realize the meaning of being a Sister and determined to imitate her as far as I was able.” At Reception in 1953, she received David Marie as her religious name. After first profession in 1954, she taught at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Baltimore for three years and then volunteered for Puerto Rico in 1957. This began eight happy years as teacher and principal at the grade school of the Academia del Perpetuo Socorro in Miramar, and four years as a teacher in Fajardo, and at Santiago Apostol and Notre Dame High School in Caguas.

Of her Miramar years, David wrote, “From the Sisters in Miramar I received such wonderful inspiration and example in both the religious life and professionally. I owe my deepest gratitude to these Sisters who were the instruments of the Divine Teacher. It was a perfect time for preparing to take perpetual vows.”

Returning to the States in 1970, Lorraine served as vice principal at St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, Conn. for two years, before becoming a teacher at the Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest, N.J.

After receiving her bachelor of arts in English from the College of the Sacred Heart in Santurce, P.R., Lorraine earned two Master’s of Arts degrees—in administration from Fairfield University in 1971, and in Religious Education from Fordham University in 1976. In 1973, she began a new ministry as director of Religious Education at Immaculate Conception Parish in Norwood, N.J. for seven years. During this time she made community with SSNDs in Closter, N.J., before the council asked her to become administrator at the newly-licensed Lourdes Health Care Center in Wilton.

As director of Religious Education, Lorraine later served at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Weston, and Sacred Heart in Georgetown, Conn; as pastoral minister she was responsible for the RCIA program at Resurrection Parish in Rye, N.Y.; and for parish outreach and community building at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Bridgeport, Conn. From 2008 to 2021, Lorraine served as receptionist, registrar and life skills coordinator at Caroline House, a sponsored ministry of the Atlantic-Midwest Province offering ESL and other life skills to immigrant women from several countries.

Lorraine also offered spiritual talks, retreats and other prayer experiences to varied adult and youth groups during these years. Her extremely generous spirit, love for the needy and spiritually hunger and her manifold talents can be deduced easily from the breadth of her ministries. She was also an avid golfer until this past spring.

Only in late 2020 did Lorraine retire to VND. In July 2021, she needed care at Ozanam Hall in Bayside, N.Y. and moved into community with our Sisters there.

Lorraine died at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Queens, on August 11, 2021. Her funeral was celebrated at St. Margaret’s Shrine in Bridgeport, her parish church, on August 14. It was arranged by Sister Daniella O’Sullivan, a former community member, and attended by sisters from Villa Notre Dame and colleagues and friends from the Bridgeport area. Burial followed immediately at St. Mary Cemetery in Bethel, Conn.

By Sister Kay O’Connell

BRIDGEPORT—Sister Theresa Torsone, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, died on October 14, 2021, at The Watermark in Bridgeport, Connecticut, at the age of 80. She was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, on April 1, 1940.

After pronouncing her vows as an SSND in 1960, as Sister Johnette, she taught at St. Anthony School in Passaic, New Jersey. In 1980, Sister Theresa began over three decades at St. Matthias School, Ridgewood, New York. In her retirement she resided at Villa Notre Dame in Wilton, Connecticut, until the community moved to The Watermark, in August, 2021.

Wake will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Danbury Road, Wilton, from 4 to 7 pm on Friday, October 22. Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Saturday, October 23, at 11 am. Burial will take place at St. Mary Cemetery, Bethel, Connecticut.

Memorial contributions may be made to the School Sisters of Notre Dame Development Office, 345 Belden Hill Road, Wilton, CT 06897.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Cornell Memorial Home, Danbury, Connecticut.

BRIDGEPORT—Father Joseph Saba, who served the diocese as a teacher, chaplain, parochial vicar and pastor died on Sunday, September 19, 2021. He was 78 years of age.

“Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Saba and for the consolation of his family,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano in announcing Father Saba’s passing. “Let us keep him in our minds and hearts as we commend him to our Lord, and also pray for all of those who are sick and struggling with illness.”

Joseph John Saba, Jr. was born in Port Chester, New York, on April 3, 1943. He was the son of Joseph John Saba and Lucy Gatto Saba. He was baptized at St. Roch Church in Greenwich Conn. on May 23, 1943. He attended Hamilton Avenue Grammar School in Greenwich, and Saint Mary High School, also in Greenwich. He began his college work at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Conn., and studied Philosophy and Theology at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, New York.

Father Saba was ordained a deacon in the Chapel of Christ the King Seminary by Most Reverend Bernard J. McLaughlin on April 19, 1969. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Bridgeport by Most Reverend Walter W. Curtis at St. Augustine Cathedral on May 9, 1970.

Following his ordination, his first assignment was as parochial vicar of St. Mary Church in Norwalk. In 1971, he was assigned as a full-time member of the faculty of St. Mary High School in Greenwich. Two years later, he was appointed as resident chaplain at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich while continuing his work as spiritual and religion director at St. Mary High School.

Father Saba was released from his ministry in the diocese to serve as a chaplain in the United States Army, a position he held from 1977 until 1995. During these years, he served overseas in Korea and Germany. Here in the United States, he was stationed in Alabama and Louisiana.

Upon his return to the Diocese of Bridgeport, he was assigned to St. Peter Church in Bridgeport, and later St. Andrew in Bridgeport, as a parochial vicar. In 2000, he was appointed the administrator of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Bridgeport, becoming pastor a year later. He retired in 2009.

As per his direction, all services for Father Saba will be private. Condolences can be sent to Father Saba’s sister, Kathleen Saba McGoldrick, c/o Joseph Saba 111,448  Ritch Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830.

ALBANY—Sister Marie Burns died at St. Louise House, Albany, N.Y., on July 29, 2021. She was born April 5, 1933 in Trenton, N.J., to Mary Margaret (McLaughlin)and George Joseph Burns and grew up with two brothers and two sisters.

Her early education took place in local Catholic schools. On graduating from Cathedral High School in Trenton in 1951, she spent eight years as the secretary in the Chancery office for the Diocese of Trenton. She entered the Daughters of Charity from St. Anthony’s Parish, Trenton, in April 1960 in Emmitsburg, Md.  Following initial formation, Sister Marie served at St. Vincent’s Infant Home, Timonium, Md.; Kennedy Child Center, New York, N.Y.; St. Joseph’s Villa, Richmond, Va.; Labouré Center, Boston; and Seton Center, Troy, N.Y. Sister Marie then served as Executive Director at Kennedy Child Study Center in New York (1981 to 1986; where she served as the Local Community Superior from 1984 to 1986); and at the Astor Home for Children, Rhinebeck, N.Y. (1986 to 1992; where she served as the Local Community Superior from 1986 to 1992). Sister Marie ministered as the Board Chair at St. Elizabeth Ann Residence, Troy, N.Y. (1992 to 1993); then served at Sacred Heart Residence in Cohoes, N.Y. (1993); and in administration at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. (1993 to 2000; where she served as Local Community Superior from 1997 to 2000). Sister next served at the DePaul Provincial House in Albany (March to June 2000); Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Bayside, N.Y. (May to August 2000); Sisters Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y. (2000 to 2005); and as an educator and trustee at St. Vincent’s College in Bridgeport, Conn. (2005 to 2013). In July 2013, Sister returned to Albany where she served in the ministry of prayer at St. Louise House until the time of her death.

Sister Marie’s business acumen and management skills helped her to rise to the highest executive levels while continuing to promote the service of the most disadvantaged and persons with special needs. She was known as a strong force in the Daughters of Charity, who was deserving of recognition as a true servant of persons in need.

Sister Marie passed away peacefully at St. Louise House after a period of declining health. Sister Marie was predeceased by her parents; her two sisters, Patricia Guscior and Jeanne DeVaney; and her brother, Rev. John Burns, SJ. She is survived by her brother, Joseph Burns; four nieces and one nephew; many friends, and her Sisters in Community.

A Wake Service was held on August 5 at St. Louise House, 96 Menands Rd., Albany, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial followed on Aug 6 in the chapel, with interment at St. Agnes Cemetery, Albany, NY 12204.

Donations may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Daughters of Charity, 4330 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63108.