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Beatification Will See ‘Jesus Planting his Cross’ in Heart of Detroit

DETROIT (CNS) — On Nov. 18, more than a few Hail Marys will be thrown around inside Ford Field. And unlike a football game, every single prayer will be answered.

That day jerseys and helmets will be replaced by chasubles and miters as thousands of bishops, clergy and faithful from across the country prepare to celebrate the beatification of Capuchin Franciscan Father Solanus Casey at the home of the NFL’s Detroit Lions, the largest venue Detroit could find.

There won’t be pyrotechnics or huge inflatable lions when the opening procession begins through the stadium’s giant tunnel, but it should be a surreal sight nonetheless.

To Discover God’s Will, Just Ask

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Years ago when I was teaching religion in junior high school, the topic turned to God’s will, which can be a pretty daunting subject even for adults like Augustine and Aquinas, never mind adolescents.

I thought I’d done a pretty good job explaining it to 32 seventh-graders, until a hand shot up in the back of the class and young Beth Quigley proceeded to tell the story of a woman who walked out into the street and was hit by a car and died.

The Black Carriage

|   Commentary by Thomas H. Hicks
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Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves And Immortality.
We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And I had put away My labor,
and my leisure too,
For his civility…
I first surmised the horses’ heads
Were toward eternity.

– Emily Dickinson


Synod Preparations Reveal Church, Young Adults at Crossroads

WASHINGTON—For the past several months, dioceses and Catholic organizations across the country consulted youth and young adults on their most pressing concerns and their relationship with the Church, as part of the preparation for the upcoming 2018 Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment in Rome.


Exploring the Identity of a Catholic University

|   Commentary by Michelle Loris, Ph.D., Psy.D.
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Our nation and the world grapple daily with prejudice, senseless brutality and violence As we struggle with divisive issues such as intolerance related to religion, race, ethnicity and gender identity, it’s easy to lose perspective, get caught up in political rhetoric or misguided advocacy, and question one’s own beliefs and values. The constant bombardment from media and communication technology can be deafening, and the polarization numbing.

Miles for Miracles

The Knights of Columbus and the Ancient Order of Hibernians are co-sponsoring a charity marathon run from Boston to New York to raise money for The American Wheelchair Mission; a non-profit organization with a goal to deliver brand new, free wheelchair and mobility aids to physically disabled children, teens and adults who are without mobility or means to acquire a wheelchair.

The marathon will be run by 68 year old Tom McGrath. In 1977, Tom broke the Trans-Am world record, running from New York to San Francisco in 53 days. He became a staple in New York for running six marathons in six days, year after year, to bring shoes to kids in need. He was the winner of the very first 24-hour race in Ireland and in 1996 was chosen as a torch bearer for the Olympic Games.

The run will begin in Boston on December 1, arriving in NYC on December 8 and include stops in Worcester, MA and Stafford Springs, Hartford, New Haven and Stratford CT.

Those wishing to donate to the run should visit The American Wheelchair web site at Please be sure to put “Boston to NYC Run” on the note line of your check.

Additional information on the run can be obtained by Frank Kearney at 203.980.9324 or at or Jamie Hamilton at 646.406.5804 or at

Mission trip is a “moment of grace”

BRIDGEPORT—Watch this Special Report on the recent diocese mission trip to Ethiopia. Diocesan social media leader John Grosso offers an up-close and memorable recap of the journey, which began in Addis, a city of over six million people, and moved to the countryside where Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Turning Wine into Water, a New Canaan based not for profit, built a well and water system that will bring fresh water to 20,000 people.


At Home and Abroad: Bishops’ Conferences Show Collegiality, Solidarity

VATICAN CITY—The role of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other bishops’ conferences around the world is “catholic”—working together to promote the church’s mission, but also “to support peacebuilding and human development throughout the world,” said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.

Join the “Great Turkey Giveaway” at NCH

|   A message from John Gutman, Executive Director of New Covenant Center in Stamford
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STAMFORD — In Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union address (often referred to as the Four Freedoms Speech), he proposed four fundamental freedoms that people “everywhere in the world” should enjoy. One of those was Freedom from Want, which Norman Rockwell depicted in his painting of a smiling family gathered around the Thanksgiving table.

USCCB President Decries Massive Shooting at Texas Baptist Church

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Catholic Church stands “in unity” with the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and the larger community after a shooting during Sunday services took the lives of at least 26 people and injured at least 20 others.

Those who died ranged in age from 5 to 72 years old, and included 14-year-old Annabelle Pomeroy. Her father, Frank Pomeroy, is pastor of the church but he was not at the service.
“We stand in unity with you in this time of terrible tragedy — as you stand on holy ground, ground marred today by horrific violence,” said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Discernment Journey is Not Taken Alone

|   By Deacon David Flynn
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STAMFORD—“Discerning a vocation for the priesthood is not something you can do alone,” says Colin Lomnizter, a seminarian at the St. John Fisher Residence in Stamford.

“You need the help and support of others who are in the same situation. That includes other seminarians and those who are skilled at helping you understand yourself and whether or not a vocation to the priesthood fits you,” he says.

Barron muses on evangelization, Bob Dylan and the infield fly rule

In journalism, as in basically any other gig, sometimes you get to do what you want, and other times you do what you have to. For me, the opportunity to spend several months getting to know Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles, probably America’s premier Catholic evangelist right now, fell clearly and definitively in the former category.

St. Augustine Medal Recipients “Work Wonders”

Click here to view the 2017 St. Augustine Medal Recipients

Saint Mary School, Bethel: Mr. Bob & Mrs. Ann Stosser
Nominated by Mr. Greg Viceroy, Principal

Saint Mary Parish, Bethel: Ms. Rose Schlemmer
Nominated by Reverend Corey V. Piccinino, Pastor

Blessed Sacrament Parish, Bridgeport: Deacon Ricardo Martinez & Mr. Erick Martinez
Nominated by Reverend Joseph J. Karcsinski, Parochial Administrator

Catholic Academy of Bridgeport, Bridgeport: Mr. James L. Bailey
Nominated by Sister Joan Magnetti, RSCJ, Executive Director

Kolbe Cathedral High School, Bridgeport: Mr. Michael & Mrs. Sharon Federici
Nominated by Mr. Henry Rondon, Principal

Office of Development, Bridgeport: Mr. Thomas Kolenberg
Nominated by Mr. Bill McLean, Chief Development Officer

Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Bridgeport: Mr. Manuel & Mrs. Irene Coutinho
Nominated by Reverend José B. Alves, Pastor

Our Lady of Good Counsel Chapel, Bridgeport: Mr. Joseph Varhidi
Nominated by Reverend Eugene R. Szantyr, Pastor

Saint Andrew Parish, Bridgeport: Mr. Charles Richardson
Nominated by Reverend Eugene R. Szantyr, Pastor

Saint Andrew Academy, Bridgeport: Ms. Nicole Rivera
Nominated by Mrs. Lori Wilson, Principal

Saint Ann Academy, Bridgeport: Ms. Sandra Santa
Nominated by Mrs. Patricia Griffin, Principal

Saint Ann Parish, Bridgeport: Mr. William & Mrs. Nora Verespie
Nominated by Reverend Peter J. Lynch, Pastor

Saint Augustine Academy, Bridgeport: Mr. Todd Van Ness
Nominated by Dr. Debi Boccanfuso, Principal

Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, Bridgeport: Mr. Gustavo & Mrs. Cristiana Murta
Nominated by Reverend Francisco Gomez-Franco, Pastor

Saint George Parish, Bridgeport: Ms. Sonia Ortiz
Nominated by Reverend Elio Albano Sosa, IVE, Parochial Administrator

Saint Margaret Shrine, Bridgeport: Mr. Ed & Mrs. Ann Mastrone
Nominated by Reverend Giandomenico Flora, Rector

Saint Mary Parish, Bridgeport: Mr. Emilio & Mrs. Guillermina Alicea
Nominated by Reverend Rolando Torres, Pastor

Saint Peter Parish, Bridgeport: Mr. Felix & Mrs. Brunilda Arbelo
Nominated by Reverend José Rebaque, Parochial Administrator

Saint Raphael Academy, Bridgeport: Mrs. Ilene Ianniello
Nominated by Sister Christine Hoffner, Principal

The Cathedral Parish, Bridgeport: Mr. Carlos & Mrs. Griselda Ortiz
Nominated by Reverend F. John Ringley, Pastor

Saint Joseph School, Brookfield: Ms. Mary Jo Howe
Nominated by Ms. Dina Monti, Principal

Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish, Brookfield: Mr. Donald & Mrs. Claudette Perley
Nominated by Reverend Shawn W. Cutler, Pastor

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Danbury: Mr. Jose & Mrs. Adelia Santos
Nominated by Reverend Jose Brito-Martins, Parochial Administrator

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Danbury: Mr. Luis & Mrs. Rosa Guachon
Nominated by Reverend John Jairo Perez, Pastor

Saint Gregory the Great Parish, Danbury: Mr. Peter Buzaid
Nominated by Reverend Jeffrey Couture, former Parochial Administrator

Saint Gregory the Great School, Danbury: Mr. Michael & Mrs. Sally Wilson
Nominated by Mrs. Suzanne Curra, Principal

Saint Joseph Parish, Danbury: Mr. Joseph Bromley
Nominated by Reverend Samuel V. Scott, Pastor

Saint Joseph School, Danbury: Mr. Edovard & Mrs. Marilyn Vieux
Nominated by Mrs. Lisa Lanni, Principal

Saint Peter Parish, Danbury: Ms. Heloisa Neves
Nominated by Reverend Gregg D. Mecca, Pastor

Saint Peter School, Danbury: Ms. Mayra Clay
Nominated by Mrs. Mary McCormack, Principal

Saint John Parish, Darien: Mr. William Frazier
Nominated by Reverend Francis T. Hoffmann, Pastor

Saint Thomas More Parish, Darien: Mr. James Davis
Nominated by Reverend Paul G. Murphy, Pastor

Notre Dame Parish, Easton: Mr. William & Mrs. Cheryl Constand
Nominated by Reverend Michael P. Lyons, Pastor

Holy Cross Parish, Fairfield: Mr. John & Mrs. Marie Adams
Nominated by Reverend Alfred F. Pecaric, Pastor

Holy Family Parish, Fairfield: Mr. Al & Mrs. Marylou Edwards
Nominated by Reverend Norman J. Guilbert, Pastor

Notre Dame High School, Fairfield: Ms. Kathy Rohr
Nominated by Mr. Chris Cipriano, Principal

Our Lady of Assumption School, Fairfield: Ms. Jody Gourley
Nominated by Mr. Steve Santoli, Principal

Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Fairfield: Mr. Michael & Mrs. Diane Kane
Nominated by Reverend Peter A. Cipriani, Pastor

Saint Anthony of Padua Parish, Fairfield: Mrs. Kyle Ann McCarthy
Nominated by Reverend John P. Baran, Pastor

Saint Catherine Academy, Fairfield: Ms. Virginia Aoyama
Nominated by Mr. Brian Farrell, Director or Eduation/Principal

Saint Emery Parish, Fairfield: Mr. Nicholas & Mrs. Laureen Pekar
Nominated by Reverend Milan Dimic, Pastor

Saint Pius X Parish, Fairfield: Mr. Robert Guman
Nominated by Reverend Samuel Kachuba, Pastor

Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish, Fairfield: Mr. Glenn & Mrs. Patricia Hansen
Nominated by Reverend Victor T. Martin, Pastor

Saint Thomas Aquinas School, Fairfield: Mr. Joseph Draper
Nominated by Mr. Steve Anderson, Principal

Sacred Heart Parish, Georgetown: Mr. Robert & Mrs. Janet Glennan
Nominated by Reverend David C. Leopold, Pastor

Greenwich Catholic School, Greenwich: Mr. Robert & Mrs. Bonnie Tuite
Nominated by Mrs. Patrice Kopas, Principal

Sacred Heart Parish, Greenwich: Mr. John Innominato
Nominated by Reverend Bose Raja Selvaraj, Pastor

Saint Agnes Parish, Greenwich: Mr. James & Mrs. Marguerita Salerno
Nominated by Reverend James A. McDevitt, Pastor

Saint Mary Parish, Greenwich: Mr. Laurence Mabes, Jr.
Nominated by Reverend Cyprian P. LaPastina, Pastor

Saint Michael the Archangel Parish, Greenwich: Ms. Lynn Ambrosino
Nominated by Reverend Ian M. Jeremiah, Pastor

Saint Paul Parish, Greenwich: Ms. Dorothy Mitchell
Nominated by Reverend Leszek Szymaszek, Pastor

Saint Roch Parish, Greenwich: Ms. Emperatriz Constante
Nominated by Reverend Arthur C. Mollenhauer, Pastor

Saint Jude Parish, Monroe: Mr. Jeff & Mrs. Liz Romeo
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Dariusz J. Zielonka, Pastor

Saint Aloysius Parish, New Canaan: Mr. Michael & Mrs. Mary Aldrich
Nominated by Reverend Robert M. Kinnally, Pastor

Saint Aloysius School, New Canaan: Mr. Mike & Mrs. Lindsay Pignataro
Nominated by Mr. Bardhyl Gjoka, PrincipalSaint Edward the Confessor Parish, New Fairfield: Mr. Alan & Mrs. Jane Liner
Nominated by Reverend Nicholas A. Cirillo, Pastor

Saint Rose of Lima Parish, Newtown: Mr. Robert & Mrs. Patricia Llodra
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Robert E. Weiss, Pastor

Saint Rose of Lima School, Newtown: Mr. Sean & Mrs. Maureen Kerins
Nominated by Sister Colleen Smith, ASCJ, Principal

All Saints School, Norwalk: Mr. Salvatore Calise
Nominated by Mrs. Linda Dunn, Principal

Saint Jerome Parish, Norwalk: Dr. Richard & Mrs. Annette Maiberger
Nominated by Reverend David W. Blanchfield, Pastor

Saint Joseph Parish, Norwalk: Mr. Pedro Hernandez
Nominated by Reverend Peter F. Lenox, Parochial Administrator

Saint Ladislaus Parish, Norwalk: Ms. Alicia Hernandez
Nominated by Reverend Juan Gabriel Acosta-Quevedo, Pastor

Saint Mary Parish, Norwalk: Mr. Stuart & Mrs. Jill Chessman
Nominated by Reverend Richard G. Cipolla, Pastor

Saint Matthew Parish, Norwalk: Ms. Elizabeth Dunne
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Walter C. Orlowski, Pastor

Saint Philip Parish, Norwalk: Mr. Otto de Pierne
Nominated by Reverend Sudhir DSouza, Pastor

Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish, Norwalk: Mr. Thomas Gorzkowski
Nominated by Reverend Mirek Stachurski, Pastor

Saint Patrick Parish, Redding Ridge: Mr. Thomas Ryan
Nominated by Reverend Joseph Cervero, Pastor

Saint Elizabeth Seton Parish, Ridgefield: Mr. James & Mrs. Cynthia Bruno
Nominated by Reverend Joseph A. Prince, Pastor

Saint Mary Parish, Ridgefield: Mr. Vincent Falotico
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Laurence R. Bronkiewicz, Pastor

Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, Riverside: Ms. Catherine Crowther
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Alan F. Detscher, Pastor

Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, Shelton: Mr. Edward Gavin
Nominated by Mrs. Laura Varrone, Principal

Saint Joseph Parish, Shelton: Ms. Mary Ann Miller
Nominated by Reverend Michael F. Dogali, Pastor

Saint Lawrence Parish, Shelton: Mr. Frank Masso, Jr.
Nominated by Reverend Michael K. Jones, Pastor

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish, Shelton: Mr. Robert & Mrs. Barbara Stellner
Nominated by Reverend Ciprian Bejan, Pastor

Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Stamford: Mr. Greg & Mrs. Agnes Rus
Nominated by Reverend Pawel M. Hrebenko, Pastor

Holy Spirit Parish, Stamford: Ms. Karen Pritchard
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Kevin T. Royal, Pastor

Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Stamford: Mr. Kenneth & Mrs. Anne Wiegand
Nominated by Reverend Piotr K. Smolik, Pastor

Sacred Heart Parish, Stamford: Ms. Barbara Cerulli
Nominated by Reverend Alfonso Picone, Pastor

Saint Benedict-Our Lady of Montserrat, Stamford: Ms. Jackie Hargraves
Nominated by Reverend Gustavo A. Falla, Pastor

Saint Bridget of Ireland Parish, Stamford: Mr. Nathaniel & Mrs. Patricia Belknap
Nominated by Reverend Edward McAuley, Pastor

Saint Cecilia Parish, Stamford: Mr. Charlie & Mrs. Lena Costello
Nominated by Reverend Albert G. Pinciaro, Pastor

Saint Gabriel Parish, Stamford: Ms. Teresita Senerador
Nominated by Reverend William M. Quinlan, Pastor

Saint Leo Parish, Stamford: Ms. Marcia Mandi
Nominated by Reverend James D. Grosso, Pastor

Saint Mary Parish, Stamford: Ms. Sally Campo, posthumously
Nominated by Reverend Gustavo A. Falla, Pastor

Saint Maurice Parish, Stamford: Mr. John & Mrs. Susan Pritting
Nominated by Reverend Alfred A. Riendeau, Pastor

The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist, Stamford: Mr. David & Mrs. Janet Lancaster
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Stephen M. DiGiovanni, Pastor

The Catholic Academy of Stamford, Stamford: Mr. Harold Spitzfaden
Nominated by Ms. Patricia Brady, Head of School

Trinity Catholic High School, Stamford: Mr. Michael & Mrs. Mary Ann O’Leary
Nominated by Mr. David Williams, Principal

Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Stratford: Mr. Greg Moreau
Nominated by Reverend Andrew G. Marus, Pastor

Our Lady of Grace Parish, Stratford: Mr. Brian & Mrs. Paula Latham
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Martin P. Ryan, Pastor

Our Lady of Peace Parish, Stratford: Ms. Mary Ann Palmiero
Nominated by Reverend Nicholas S. Pavia, Pastor

Saint James Parish, Stratford: Mr. Dan & Mrs. Jen Caron
Nominated by Reverend Thomas F. Lynch, Pastor

Saint James School, Stratford: Mr. Richard & Mrs. Jessica Curran
Nominated by Mr. Jack Lynch, Principal

Saint Mark Parish, Stratford: Mr. Michael Mollica
Nominated by Reverend Birendra Soreng, Pastor

Saint Mark School, Stratford: Ms. Theresa Sciallo
Nominated by Mr. Scott Clough, Principal

Christ the King Parish, Trumbull: Mr. Bob & Mrs. Pat Silk
Nominated by Reverend Terrence P. Walsh, Pastor

Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, Trumbull: Mrs. Patrica Capozzi
Nominated by Reverend Joseph A. Marcello, Pastor

Saint Catherine of Siena School, Trumbull: Mrs. Mary Dineen
Nominated by Ms. Eunice Giaquinto, Principal

Saint Stephen Parish, Trumbull: Ms. Doris Torok
Nominated by Reverend Christopher J. Samele, Pastor

Saint Theresa Parish, Trumbull: Mr. John & Mrs. Anne Connaughton
Nominated by Reverend Brian P. Gannon, Pastor

Saint Theresa School, Trumbull: Mr. Carmine Pasacreta
Nominated by Mr. Salvatore Vittoria, Principal

Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, Weston: Mr. Christian Eidt
Nominated by Reverend Michael L. Dunn, former Pastor

Church of the Assumption Parish, Westport: Mr. Robert & Mrs. Veronica Estony
Nominated by Reverend Thomas P. Thorne, Pastor

Saint Luke Parish, Westport: Mr. Bill & Mrs. Judy Wanat
Nominated by Reverend Monsignor Andrew G. Varga, Pastor

Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Wilton: Mr. Louis Furlo
Nominated by Reverend Reginald Norman, Pastor

Catholic Charities, Bridgeport: Mr. Peter Maloney
Nominated by Mr. Al Barber, President

Catholic Charities, Bridgeport: Mr. Ed Kearns
Nominated by Mr. Al Barber, President

Catholic Charities, Bridgeport: Ms. Shelia McEnery
Nominated by Mr. Al Barber, President

Saint Joseph Parish, Brookfield: Mr. Vincent, posthumously & Mrs. Andrea Lupo
Nominated by Reverend George F. O’Neill, Pastor

Immaculate High School, Danbury: Mr. Kevin Archer
Nominated by Mrs. Mary Maloney, President

Sacred Heart Parish, Danbury: Mr. William Jakubek
Nominated by Reverend Peter J. Towsley, Pastor

Saint Philip Parish, Norwalk: Mr. Otto de Pierne
Nominated by Reverend Sudhir DSouza, Pastor

Saint Mary School, Ridgefield: Mr. Scott Edwardson
Nominated by Mrs. Anna O’Rourke, Principal

BRIDGEPORT— “You may not be able to work miracles but you are wonder workers,” Bishop Caggiano told 175 St. Augustine Medal of Service recipients at St. Augustine Cathedral.

Wine tasting to benefit the Caroline House Mather and Child Literacy program

BRIDGEPORT—Join the friends of Caroline House for a wine tasting sponsored by Black Bear Wine and Spirits and A Dash of Salt Catering. Presenting sponsors Santa Fuel and the Trimble Foundation. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, sample various wines, and tour the Fairfield Museum & History Center. Friday, November 10, 2017, 7 pm – 10 pm – tickets $40.

SHU establishes John moriarty Institute for Ecology and Spirituality in Ireland

FAIRFIELD—Sacred Heart University has established the John Moriarty Institute for Ecology and Spirituality. The Institute’s mission, as stated on its website, is to understand and consider the richness and wonder of the natural environment, and to promote a deeper reflection on human spirituality as an important and necessary element for a flourishing life of meaning and purpose.

Trinity Catholic joins in coat drive

STAMFORD—Trinity Catholic High School has partnered with Student Support Services at Stamford Public Schools Collaborative on a community service project. A private donor has given funds to Student Support Services to purchase 500 new coats. The TCHS students from the National Honor Society and the Student Council have aided in sorting and packaging the coats, which will then be distributed to high school students throughout the community.

Can the Catholic Church Keep Millennials From Passing it By?

August 15 marked two important events for New York-area Catholics this year. It was the feast of the Assumption of Mary. It was also the start of the Subway Series between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets. The Diocese of Bridgeport decided to celebrate both, with an event billed as “Baseball with the Bishop,” which is exactly what it sounds like.

Second Annual Night on the Ridge

REDDING RIDGE—St. Patrick Church enthusiastically announces its Second Annual Night on the Ridge, featuring wines from around the world, paired with delicious international cuisines as only the Spinning Wheel can do it. New to this event will be a micro-brewery offering, featuring a selection of small craft brewery ales and lagers, also paired with foods to enhance the tasting experience.

The Privileged Call of a Catholic Father

|   By Fr. James Sullivan, pastor of Church of the Assumption in Ansonia, and chaplain for the 10th Annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference.
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The prayer that Jesus taught us, “Our Father”, is one that most of us have known from our earliest years. Many pray it often, perhaps even several times daily. It is a prayer of adoration, thanksgiving, and supplication. We recognize God as our Father, not as an overbearing, harsh Father, but rather a loving Father who cares for his children, who feeds us, forgives us, leads us, and delivers us.

Summorum Pontificum Anniversary Commemoration with Bishop Athanasius Schneider

NORWALK—St. Mary’s Church and the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny are pleased to announce a conference and Mass commemorating the tenth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum on Thursday, October 19 at St. Mary’s Church, 669 West Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut. Those interested are cordially invited to attend. The event is free of charge but goodwill offerings will be gratefully accepted.

Bishop Caggiano Reflects on the Challenge of Sitting in Silence and Solitude

BRIDGEPORT— On October 6, we celebrated the feast of Saint Bruno, the founder of the Carthusian religious order. Following Saint Bruno’s example, Carthusian monks and nuns live in a monastic setting, devoting their lives to contemplation, silence and solitude. Their ministry is one of prayer and reflection, serving as spiritual intercessors for the Church. Today, there are about 320 Carthusian monks and nuns throughout the world.

Mission Trip to Ethiopia

BRIDGEPORT—Diocesan social media leader John Grosso has joined Vicar General Msgr. Thomas Powers and other priests on a mission trip to Ethiopia. The group is being led by Nick Troilo of Darien, founder of Turning Wine Into Water, which works to provide safe, clean fresh water to African children.

Author Visits Greenwich Catholic School

GREENWICH—Greenwich Catholic School welcomed nationally acclaimed author Alan Gratz to campus on October 3 to speak with students in grades 5 through 8. Gratz has written numerous novels for young readers. His first published book, Samurai Shortstop, was chosen as one of the ALA’s Top Ten Best Books in 2007. A North Carolina resident and former middle school English teacher, Gratz has since gone on to publish thirteen additional novels, most of which are historical fiction.