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2018 Safe Environment Training for Parents

Download the Parent Preview Flyer here for more information.

This is an opportunity to learn more about the Children’s Safe Environment Training, Think First and Stay Safe and the Netsmartz workshop. Join other parents in the Diocese of Bridgeport in discussing topics including, but not limited to child safety, sexual abuse prevention, internet dangers, school yard and cyber bullying, abduction prevention, safe use of technology and the latest popular Apps that are high risk to children.

Date: Thursday, August 10th
Times: 5:00pm – 6:00pm (Elementary School Curriculum K-8), 6:15pm – 7:15pm (High School Curriculum 9-12)

Date: Thursday, September 28th
Times: 5:00pm – 6:00pm (Elementary School Curriculum K-8), 6:15pm – 7:15pm (High School Curriculum 9-12)

Location: The Catholic Center (Room L14), 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06606.

Your Facilitator will be Deacon John DiTaranto, Safe Environment Program Assistant. Pre-registration is required to ensure that you are notified in the event of any changes or cancellations.

Please email or call no later than 24-hours prior to the date of the training.
Office: (203) 416-1650
Email: dnditaranto@diobpt.org

Open Meeting For Sexual Survivors — May 20, 2019

OPEN MEETING FOR SEXUAL SURVIVORS
MONDAY MAY 20, 2019
5:30 – 6:30 P.M.
THE CATHOLIC CENTER
238 JEWETT AVENUE, BRIDGEPORT, CT
This is an open meeting for any person who has been sexually abused as a minor and their family members to meet with the victim assistance coordinators and fellow survivors of sexual abuse. We hope to hear from you; your input is important to us.

If you are an adult survivor of abuse as a minor and would like to learn more about the resources that are available in the Diocese of Bridgeport or about our Safe Environment Program to prevent child abuse, please contact one of our Victim Assistance Coordinators:

Erin Neil, L.C.S.W., (203) 650-3265, eneil@diobpt.org
Michael Tintrup, L.C.S.W. (203) 241-0987, mtintrup@ccfc-ct.org

USCCB President’s Statement on Response to Abuse

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement regarding the release of Pope Francis’s Motu Proprio earlier today. The Motu Proprio, Vos estis lux mundi (“You are the light of the world”), is a worldwide order to the Church from the Pope, in response to the evil of sexual abuse. The new law comes after a meeting in Rome that brought together all episcopal conference presidents from across the globe to discuss the Church sex abuse crisis.

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Final Listening Session set for May 1st

BROOKFIELD— Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will host the third and final listening session for the sexual abuse crisis at St. Joseph Church in Brookfield at 7 pm tonight, May 1st.

The past few months have been a time of crisis in the Church with local, national and international stories calling for a complete accounting of the sexual abuse issue. In order to better inform people throughout the diocese and listen to their concerns, Bishop Caggiano announced Listening Sessions, two of which have previously occurred:

April 3, 7:30 pm at Notre Dame High School in Fairfield
April 9, 7:30 pm at St. Joseph High School in Trumbull
May 1, 7:00 pm at Saint Joseph Church in Brookfield

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TIME AND PLACE FOR THE FINAL LISTENING SESSION HAS BEEN CHANGED. THE LISTENING SESSION WILL BE HELD ON MAY 1, 7 PM AT ST. JOSEPH CHURCH, 163 WHISCONIER ROAD IN BROOKFIELD. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

At this final listening session, Bishop Caggiano will personally respond to all questions and discuss the administrative and spiritual actions he has taken to restore trust. Members of the diocesan leadership team will also be on hand to answer questions and provide information about Safe Environments and the many steps the diocese has taken to protect children and provide full transparency and accountability. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

To read more about the previous listening sessions click below.
Bishop Says Crisis Is Call To Reform And Purify The Church
Accountability Is Necessary For Healing
Heroic Witness Will Bring Healing