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Ecclesial Movements • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT

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Evangelization

Father Peter Towsley, Episcopal Vicar for Evangelization
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church
46 Stone Street
Danbury, CT 06810
Tel: (203) 748-9029
Email: frpeter@sacredheartdanbury.org


Ain Karim

Local Contact

Monika Nawrocka
Tel: (203) 334-1822
Email: nawmonika2004@gmail.com

Basic Charism
Renewal in the Holy Spirit by serving others through prayer


Alpha

National Website

Local Contact
Jean Benitez
Tel: (203)655-5122
Email: jbenitez0731@gmail.com

Peter Roux
Email: croux28@gmail.com

Basic Charism
Parish Renewal, Evangelization and Outreach


Catholic Charismatic Renewal

International website
National Website

Local Contacts
Apostolate – Diocese of Bridgeport, CT
Charismatic Renewal Office
Diocese of Bridgeport
Danbury, CT

Rev. Lawrence F. Carew
Tel: (203) 268-8253  or (203) 770-6246
Email: Larrycarew@sbcglobal.net

Spanish Charismatic Renewal
Marlon and Magaly Zepeda
Tel: (203) 540-5724
Email: zmarlon@ymail.com

Charismatic Renewal and Misionero Laicos del Padre Fantino

Fr. Rolando Torres
Tel: (203) 334-8811
Email: rolandomalak@gmail.com or stmarychurchbpt@optonline.net

Marelin Cepeza
Tel: (203) 618-4550

Olga Serna
Tel: (203) 561-3123

Haitian Apostolate

Fr. Frantz Desruisseaux
Tel: (203) 852-7126  or (203) 838-4171
Email: frdesruisseaux@diobpt.org

Fr. Jean Rony
Tel: (203) 449-7122
Email: FrPhilippe@diobpt.org

Basic Charism
Catholic Charismatic Renewal is an apostolate inviting all people to experience the Holy Spirit who opens us to a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ and His love of the Father. The Holy Spirit empowers us for personal holiness, renewed Catholic life and evangelization.


Catholic Daughters of the Americas

International website
Local Website

Local Contact
Amy Stavola, State Regent
Tel: (203) 929-0753
Email: Amystavola@yahoo.com

Spiritual Advisor
Sr. M. Arlene Vannie, RSM
Email: mavannie@comcast.net

State Regent
Gail Krasinski
Email: gtkras@cox.net

First Vice State Regent
Elizabeth A. Arena
Email: e.a.arena@gmail.com

Second Vice State Regent
Linda Louise LaCasse
Email: lllacasse@cox.net

State Treasurer

Susan Socci
Email: susansocci@hotmail.com

Basic Charism
Catholic Daughters of the Americas strives to embrace the principle of faith working through love in the promotion of justice, equality, and the advancement of human rights and human dignity for all. Our motto is “Unity and Charity”. We love and support the Church and participate in social and charitable activities. We are a work force for your parish and community and we can assist in many ways.


Catholic War Veterans of the USA

Local Website

Local Contact
Raymond J. Bower Post Aux. 1466
40 Alfred St.
Bridgeport, CT 06605

Janet Sparks
Tel: (203)333-9708 or (203) 877-3920

Gail Fredrics
Email: fjanes@optimum.net

Basic Charism
Catholic War Veterans and their Auxiliary support Active Duty personnel and Military Chaplains worldwide, and veterans here at home in the United States. Our organization’s motto is “For God, For Country, For Home”


Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP)

International website
National Website

Local Contact
Dr. Ralph Burke
Tel: (203) 255-5335
Email: Ralphburke@optonline.net

Robert Nalewajek
Tel: (888) 448-4788
Email: rnalewajek@capp-usa.org

Basic Charism
To have Catholic Social Teachings (CST) implemented in society through lay Catholic business, academic and professional leaders; to order and throw light upon all the affairs of the world in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ, especially as contained in the Church’s social doctrine. Our mission is to evangelize lay leaders.


Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP)

National Website

Local Contacts
John Barry, Chairman, Christ Renews His Parish
Tel: (203) 948-3535

Patrick Gorman
Tel: (203) 300-8237
Email: Gormanfamily1@msn.com

Allen Hubbard
Tel: (203) 733-7669 or (203) 426-0446
Email: allenhubb20@gmail.com

Basic Charism
CRHP is a lay parish retreat and renewal movement. A CRHP retreat weekend takes place annually or semi-annually, hosted by a team of 10 parishioners. There are separate retreats for men and women. CRHP is a small Catholic community that reached parishioners in many different ways, especially by bringing parishioners closer to the Heart of Jesus, and through Him, to renew the parish.


Columbian Squires

International website

Local Contact
Tom Vita
Tel: (203) 513-7221
Email: State.deputy@ctstatecouncil.org

Basic Charism
The Squires is designed to develop young men as leaders who understand their Catholic religion, who have a strong commitment to the Church and who are ready, willing and capable of patterning their lives after the Youth Christ.


Columbiettes

International website

Basic Charism
To promote the spiritual, social and charitable welfare of our members; To instill a steadfast conviction relating to the proper place and function of Catholic women in safeguarding the religious, civil and economic rights of all Catholics; To rely upon the intercession of St. Mary for guidance in guarding the common good, and to work through her, on loving and aiding all members of the human family and to give assistance to the Knights of Columbus in all their activities upon request.


Communion and Liberation

Local Contact

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Tel: (203) 426-9275
Email: mariottecorson@gmail.com

Basic Charism
The education to Christian maturity of its adherents and collaboration in the mission of the Church in all the spheres of contemporary life. We aim to communicate the awareness that Christ is the one true response to the deepest needs of people in every moment of history.  It requires only that Christ be recognized as immediately present. The person who encounters and welcomes the presence of Christ undergoes a conversion that affects not only the individual but also the surrounding environment.
We focus on three things:

  1. the wonder of the Incarnation, an enthusiasm for it and a recognition of its reasonableness.
  2. the affirmation that Jesus of Nazareth is a present event in a sign of communion.
  3. only in his presence can man be truer and mankind be truly more human.

Cursillos in Christianity Movement

National Website
Local Website
National Publications
Local Publications

National Contact
Patrick Gorman, Lay Director
Tel: (203) 270-7143
Email: gormanfamily1@msn.com

Spiritual Director
Dn. Tom and Eileen Masaryk
Tel: (203)375-3286
Email: tmasaryk@sbcglobal.net

Basic Charism
To proclaim the best news of the best reality: that God, in Christ, loves us.


Domestic Church

Domestic Church Families

National Website

Local Contact
Harry and Bridget Bethray
Tel: (203) 247-4363
Email: bridget.bethray@gmail.com

Fr. Sam Scott
St. Joseph’s Church, Danbury
Email: frscott@diobpt.org

Basic Charism
Domestic Church Couples and Families strive to practice the “7 Promises” in order to grow in their relationship with God and one another. The promises are basic principles of spiritual growth in the Catholic tradition specific to the vocation of marriage and family.  Each family practices the 7 promises in order to grow in their spiritual life according to their particular needs and contexts. 


Ein Karim

Monika Nawrocka
Tel: (914) 471-7561
Email: nawmonika2004@gmail.com


Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

National Website

Regional Contact
Eastern Lieutenancy of Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
Sir Raymond Teatum, KGCHS
Tel: (212) 371-1050
Email: Contact@holysepulchreny.org

Local Contacts:

Sir Gerard D. Robilotti, KCHS
Tel: (203) 426-3116
Email: GR1040MB@earthlink.net

Sir Charles F. Chiusano, KCHS
Tel: (203) 254-1594
Email: cfc@CChiusano.com

Basic Charism
Mandate from the Holy Father – to serve as witnesses to the Christian faith and to serve as supporters and protectors of the Church and the living Christian communities in the Holy Land.


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International Website
National Website

Local Contact
Enrico Donzelli
Tel: (845) 229-0230
Email: focfny@optonline.net

Basic Charism
To work cooperatively to build a more united world, following the inspiration of Jesus’ prayer to the Father ‘May they all be one’ (Jn 17:21), respecting and valuing diversity. Focusing on dialogue as a method, has a constant commitment to building bridges and relationships of fraternity among individuals, peoples and cultural worlds.


Heart’s Home

International website
National Website
Publications

Local Contact
Heart’s Home USA
108 Saint Edwards St.
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Fr. Gonzague Leroux
Tel: (646) 209-8078
Email: Gonzague@heartshomeusa.org

Basic Charism
To promote a culture of compassion around the world through a range of charitable and cultural efforts.


Knights of Columbus

National Website
Local Website
Publications: Columbia Magazine

Local Contact
State Deputy
Steve Bacon
Tel: (203) 380-0808
Email: State.deputy@ctstatecouncil.org

Patrick Donovan
Tel: (203) 268-1130
Email: kpadonovan@aol.com

Basic Charism
To provide Catholic men 18 yrs. & older an opportunity to put their faith into practice through various charitable & religious programs under the Order’s principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Due to the vision of its founder, The Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGivney, the Knights of Columbus offers its members and their families’ financial protection through its highly rated fraternal insurance program.


Lay Fraternity of Saint Dominic

Regional Website

Local Contacts:
Mr. Stefano Santilli, O.P.
Tel: (203) 524-4945
Email: ste.santilli@gmail.com

Mrs. Joan Cuomo, O.P.
Tel: (203) 215-0438
Email: richardcuomo939@comcast.net

Basic Charism
Founded in 1285, the Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic are composed of men and women who are fully incorporated members of the Order of Preachers and live out their vocation in the world. As members of the Order, they participate in its apostolic mission through prayer, study and preaching according to the state proper to the laity.

The local chapter, established at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull, is affiliated with the St. Mary Chapter in New Haven.


Lay Missionaries of Charity

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National Website

Local Contacts:
Kevin and Queta Donovan LMCs
Tel: (203) 426-2153
Email: Avemariapurisima@snet.net

Basic Charism
To restore the domestic sanctuary of the family through prayer, dialogue and personal consecration. Our principal apostolate is Prayer.


Legion of Mary / Legionis Mariae

International website
National Website
Publications: Maria Legionis (published quarterly in English)

Local Contact
Bridgeport Curia
St Theresa Parish
5301 Main St
Trumbull, CT 06611

Spiritual Director
Rev. Martin deMayo
Tel: (203) 324-9544
Email: FrdeMayo@gmail.com

Haitian Catholic Center, Stamford
Mother Mary Teacher
Tel: (203) 406-0343
Email: haccenter@yahoo.com

Local Contacts

Our Lady of Sorrow Praesidium
The Basilica of St. John the Evangelist Church, Stamford
Scolastica Nabwire
Tel: (917) 975-2896
Email: nascho56@optonline.net

Holy Protection of Mother of God Praesidium
Sacred Heart Parish, Stamford
Daniel Adu Donkor
Tel: (347) 216-5342
Email: adudonkor2002@yahoo.com

Mary Immaculate Praesidium
Saint Theresa Parish, Trumbull
Marion Hinds
Tel: (203) 334-7207

Mary Cause of Joy Praesidium
St. Mary Parish, Norwalk
Emily Florio
Tel: (203) 210-7321
Email: emilyflorio@yahoo.com

Our Lady of The Poor Praesidium
St. Mary Church, Stamford
Jose Bastardes
Tel: (919) 360-1154
Email: pepebastardes@gmail.com

Our Lady Queen of Peace Praesidium
St. Mary Church, Stamford
Guirlene Valbrun
Tel: (203) 252-0307
Email: vguirlene@hotmail.com

Mary Immaculate Praesidium
St. Charles Church, Bridgeport
Nancy Perez
Tel: (203) 583-5859

Basic Charism
To spread the Legion of Mary and the Catholic faith throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport; To assist Priests at mass in nursing homes; To visit the elderly and sick in homes and institutions; To lead rosary groups and prayer groups; To conduct prison ministry; To Catechesis and teach religious education; To be extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist; To make and distribute rosaries; To make personal contacts and distribute sacramentals and religious literature.


Lumen Institute

National Website

Local Contactlogo
Bob Stone
Tel: (203) 249-2768
Email: bobwstone@aol.com

Basic Charism
Lumen’s Mission is to enhance the character, faith, and leadership skills of today’s business and cultural leaders through guided training and education.


Magnificat: A Ministry to Catholic Women

Local Website

Local Contact
Fran Hood, Coordinator
Tel: (203) 744-1856
Email: s.m.hood@sbcglobal.net

Local Ministry:
By attending a Magnificat meal, a woman hears the witness of another woman at her table or as a speaker and is encouraged to stay the course of faith during difficult times. At a Magnificat meal, we give praise to God in song, in scripture and in prayerful teachings that lift our spirits. It is truly a wonderful opportunity for women to meet and greet other women as Mary did when she greeted Elizabeth. It is awesome to witness the transformation of women from when they come into the breakfast and when they leave. There is such love in the room and we all become Sister’s in Christ. After hearing a testimony of one’s life it gives the listener hope and joy that God is ever so present in their own life.

Basic Charism
The Charisms of Magnificat are Marian, Charismatic and Evangelical.


Marian Community of Reconciliation

International website

Local Contact
Daniela Neuenschwander
Tel: (310) 358-0819
Email: danielan@fraternas.org

Basic Charism
The members of the Marian Community of Reconciliation are consecrated lay women, called to be fully available for the apostolate by living community life and the commitments of obedience, celibacy and the sharing of goods. Their mission takes part in five areas: Youth, Family, the Culture of Life, the solidarity with the most needy and the Evangelization of our culture.


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National Website

Local Contact
Adan Dota
Tel: (203) 300-0798
Email: dotaadan2865@gmail.com


National Council of Catholic Women

National Website
Local Website
Publications

Local Contact
Geri Kogut
Email: kogut1@outlook.com

Currently the Bridgeport Diocese has one NCCW Affiliate: St Joseph CCW in Danbury and two individual members. Bishop Caggiano was quoted as saying….don’t leave any Catholic behind.”
NCCW wants to say…”We don’t want to, leave any Catholic Woman behind.”

Basic Charism
To support, empower and educate all Catholic women in Spirituality, leadership and service.


Neocatechumenal Way

International website
National Website

Local Contacts:
Sacred Heart Parish, Stamford CT
Father Alfonso Picone
Email: alfonsopicone@snet.net
Tel: (203) 324-9544

St. Margaret Shrine, Bridgeport CT
Father Giandomenico Flora
Tel: (203) 333-9627

Jose Vasquez
Tel: (347) 886-2783
Email: JVasquez@mnr.org

Steve and Neidy Hanley
Tel: (508) 494-3403
Email: irishdominican83@gmail.com

Basic Charism
The Neocatechumenate is an instrument at the service of the Bishops for the rediscovery of Christian initiation by baptized adults. Within the parish, the Neocatechumenate is lived in a small community, since the complete or common form for the Christian initiation of adults is communitarian. The model of the neocatechumenal community is the Holy Family of Nazareth, the historical place where the Word of God, made man, becomes adult, growing “in wisdom, age and grace”.


Our Mother of Sorrows Secular Discalced Carmelite Community

Local Contact:
Donata Marcus
Tel: (203) 913-7218
Email: Donatamarcus@yahoo.com

Local Ministry:
Prayer is the apostolate of our Discalced Carmelite community.

Basic Charism
To strive, by recollection and study, to grow in prayer, to know God so we can make Him known.


Regnum Christi Movement

International website
Local Website

Local Contact:
Pam Brown
Tel: (914) 244-3685
Email: info@regnumchristinyctnj.org

Jeff and Val Sprangue
Tel: (914) 715-6706
Email: valsprague@optonline.net

Basic Charism
Forming apostles to help build the Kingdom and participate actively in the New Evangelization.


Serra Club of Bridgeport

Local Website

Local Contact:
Thomas Field, President
Tel: (203) 938-0874
Email: tfield007@optonline.net

Basic Charism
The Serra Club of Bridgeport is the Diocese’s local presence of an international lay organization dedicated to the furtherance of vocations. It was chartered by Bishop Caggiano at a Mass in April of 2015. The Serra Club welcomes new members to work on the encouragement and support of young men and women in their pursuit of the priesthood and religious life.


Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement

International website
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Publications

Local Contact:
Charles Paternina
Tel: (203) 622-3189
Email: CP@charlespaternina.com

Basic Charism
Includes spiritual formation through consecration to Mary and deep commitment with her task as co-redemptrix. This consecration-commitment is called Covenant of Love.


Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta

International website
National Website
Local Website

Local Contacts
Southern/western CT area chairs
Cece and Mike Donoghue
Tel: (203) 656-3195
Email: cecedonoghue416@gmail.com

Basic Charism
To glorify God by promoting the sanctification of each member through his or her work with the sick and the poor and defense of the Catholic faith.


The Order of Secular Franciscans

There are three Secular Franciscan Fraternities in the Diocese of Bridgeport:

  1. The Holy Spirit Fraternity, at St. Anthony of Padua in Fairfield. Meeting on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 9:30am.
  2. Sacred Heart Fraternity, at Sacred Heart Church in Danbury. Meeting on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 9:00am, following 8:00am Mass.
  3. St. Mary of the Angels Fraternity, at the Convent of St. Birgitta in Darien. Meeting on the 4th Sunday of each month after 9:00am Mass.

Local Contacts:

The Holy Spirit Fraternity
Paul Kravitz, OFS, Minister
Tel: (203) 512-1960
Email: paul.kravitz@gmail.com

Sacred Heart of Jesus Fraternity
Anne Marie and George DeStefano, OFS, Minister
Tel: (203) 740-8561
Email: cleoamd@aol.com

St. Mary of the Angels Fraternity
Carol Gabriel, OFS, Minister
Tel: (203) 853-2488
Email: carolagabriel@aol.com

Basic Charism
To radically live the Gospel of Jesus Christ in penance, humility, and to work for peace and justice.


The Third Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel

International website
National Website

Local Contact
Sandra Masso
Provincial Delegate for Lay Carmelites
Tel: (203) 929-7128
Email: sandra.masso43@frontier.com

Basic Charism
The Carmelite charism has three elements: prayer with a focus on contemplation, fraternity, and service.


Voluntas Dei

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National Website

Local Contact:
Patricia and Dan Buckley
Tel: (203) 240-9011
Email: pbuckley@immaculatehs.org  or dbuckley@immaculatehs.org

Basic Charism
To share in Christ’s mission and be attuned to the needs of a World which is divided and torn apart. Being a peacemaker calls one to very concrete action for bringing forgiveness, reconciliation, unity, fraternal communion, and harmonious relationships.


Walking with Purpose

International website
Local Website

Local Contact:
Julie Ricciardi Co-Chair
Tel: (203) 536-1624
Email: Julie.Ricciardi@walkingwithpurpose.com

Local Ministry:
Leadership Training Program at Walking with Purpose provides an opportunity for women to grow in confidence and competence so they can take their place as agents of change in a world that desperately needs the touch of Christ. (1) Equips women to draw others to a relationship with Christ – effectively evangelizing those in the pew and beyond; (2) Teaches women that leading with love is the most powerful way to draw others to Christ; (3) Helps leaders better engage with a culture that has become disillusioned with Christianity and Catholicism.

Basic Charism
Walking with Purpose enables women to know Christ through Scripture.