Monthly Newspaper • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT

Bishop Renews Safe Environments

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has reconstituted the Review Board of the Diocese of Bridgeport with the announcement of  board members and the reappointment of long-time members.

The Review Board was formed in 2002 by Bishop William E. Lori to oversee the implementation of the diocesan Sexual Misconduct Policy and to function as a consultative body to the bishop. Review Boards are required in all U.S. dioceses as a direct result of The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (Charter), established by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in June 2002 and revised in June, 2011. It is a comprehensive set of procedures for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors, and it includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability and the prevention of future acts of abuse.

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Judge, Federal Prosecutor, Family Therapist Appointed to National Review Board

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has Named Judge Mary. K. Huffman of Centerville, Ohio; Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald J. Schmid of Granger, Indiana, and Marriage and Family Therapist Nelle Moriarty of Rochester, Minnesota to four-year terms on the U.S. bishops’ National Review Board. Their terms begin in June.
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Bishop Renews Safe Environments

BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has reconstituted the Review Board of the Diocese of Bridgeport with the announcement of new board members and the reappointment of long-time members.

The Review Board was formed in 2002 by Bishop William E. Lori to oversee the implementation of the diocesan Sexual Misconduct Policy and to function as a consultative body to the bishop. Review Boards are required in all U.S. dioceses as a direct result of The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (Charter), established by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in June 2002 and revised in June, 2011. It is a comprehensive set of procedures for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors, and it includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability and the prevention of future acts of abuse. Read More ››


 

They Know Their Way Around the World

DANBURY—The Knights of Columbus McGivney Council #29 in Danbury held its third annual Catholic Geography Bee March 9 at St. Joseph School in Danbury.

Fifteen fourth through eighth graders from six parochial schools in the northern portion of the Diocese of Bridgeport answered questions about world, the U.S., and Connecticut geography, including Catholic content.
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2020


June – Graduation Issue – Volume 37, Number 6
May – Crisis Update – Volume 37, Number 5
April – Special Issue – Volume 37, Number 4
March – Special Issue – Volume 37, Number 3
February – Winter Issue – Volume 37, Number 2
January – Catholic Schools Week Issue – Volume 37, Number 1

2019

December – Christmas Issue – Volume 36, Number 11
November – Thanksgiving Issue – Volume 36, Number 10
October – Autumn Issue – Volume 36, Number 9
September – Back to School Issue – Volume 36, Number 8
July/August – Summer Issue – Volume 36, Number 7
June
 – Graduation Issue – Volume 36, Number 6
May – Vocation Issue – Volume 36, Number 5
April – Easter Issue – Volume 36, Number 4
March
– Lenten Issue – Volume 36, Number 3
February
– Winter Issue – Volume 36, Number 2
January – Catholic Schools Week Issue – Volume 36, Number 1

2018

December – Christmas Issue – Volume 35, Number 11
November – Thanksgiving Issue – Volume 35, Number 10
October – Respect Life Issue – Volume 35, Number 9
September – Back to School Issue – Volume 35, Number 8
July/August – Summer Issue – Volume 35, Number 7
June – Graduation Issue – Volume 35, Number 6
May – Vocations Issue – Volume 35, Number 5
April – Easter/Spring Issue – Volume 35, Number 4
March – Easter Issue – Volume 35, Number 3
February – Lent Issue – Volume 35, Number 2
January – Catholic Schools Week Issue – Volume 35, Number 1

2017

December – Christmas Issue – Volume 34, Number 11
November – Religious Ed Issue – Volume 34, Number 10
October – Respect Life Issue – Volume 34, Number 9
September – Back to School Issue – Volume 34, Number 8
July/August – Summer Issue – Volume 34, Number 7
June – Graduation Issue – Volume 34, Number 6
May – Vocations Issue – Volume 34, Number 5
April – Easter Issue – Volume 34, Number 4
March – Lenten Issue – Volume 34, Number 3
February – Winter Issue – Volume 34, Number 2
January – Catholic Schools Issue – Volume 34, Number 1

2016

December – Christmas Issue – Volume 33, Number 11
November – Religious Ed Issue – Volume 33, Number 10
October
 – Respect Life Issue – Volume 33, Number 9
September
 – Back to School Issue – Volume 33, Number 8
July
 – Summer Issue – Volume 33, Number 7
June
 – Graduation Issue – Volume 33, Number 6
May – Vocations Issue – Volume 33, Number 5
April – Spring Issue – Volume 33, Number 4
March – Easter Issue – Volume 33, Number 3
February – Lent Issue – Volume 33, Number 2
January – Catholic Schools Week Issue – Volume 33, Number 1

2015

December – Christmas Issue – Volume 32, Number 11
November – Religious Ed Issue – Volume 32, Number 10
October
 – Respect Life Issue – Volume 32, Number 9
September
 – Back to School Issue – Volume 32, Number 8
July
 – Summer Issue – Volume 32, Number 7
June
 – Graduation Issue – Volume 32, Number 6
May
 – Vocation Issue – Volume 32, Number 5
April
 – Spring Issue – Volume 32, Number 4
March
 – Easter Issue – Volume 32, Number 3
February
 – Lent Issue – Volume 32, Number 2
January
 – Catholic Schools Week Issue – Volume 32, Number 1

2014

December – Advent/Christmas Issue – Volume 31, Number 11
November
 – Religious Ed Issue – Volume 31, Number 10
October
 – Respect Life Issue – Volume 31, Number 9
September
 – Back to School Issue – Volume 31, Number 8
July
 – Summer Issue – Volume 31, Number 7
June
 – Graduation Issue – Volume 31, Number 6
May
 – Vocations Issue – Volume 31, Number 5
April
 – Holy Week/Easter Issue – Volume 31, Number 4
March
 – Lenten Issue – Volume 31, Number 3
February
 – Winter Issue – Volume 31, Number 2
January
 – Catholic Schools Week Issue – Volume 31, Number 1

2013

December – Christmas Issue – Volume 30, Number 10
November
 – Religious Education Issue – Volume 30, Number 9
October
 – Special Bishop Caggiano Issue – Volume 30, Number 8
September
 – Back to School Issue – Volume 30, Number 7
June
 – Graduation Issue – Volume 30, Number 6
May
 – Vocations Issue – Volume 30, Number 5
April
 – Papal Issue – Volume 30, Number 4
March
 – Easter Issue – Volume 30, Number 3
February
 – Lenten Issue – Volume 30, Number 2
January
 – Catholic Schools Week Issue – Volume 30, Number 1

2012

December – Christmas Issue – Volume 29, Number 10
November
 – Advent Issue – Volume 29, Number 9
October
 – Respect Life Issue – Volume 29, Number 8
September
 – Back to School Issue – Volume 29, Number 7

Biography of Bishop Frank J. Caggiano (short form)

The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano was installed as Fifth Bishop of Bridgeport on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull.

On February 22, 2014, he formally convoked the 4th Synod of the Diocese of Bridgeport, the first in 32 years, as an opportunity for reform and renewal by empowering the young Church, building up communities of faith, fostering evangelical outreach, and promoting works of charity and justice. More than 8,000 faithful turned out to celebrate that vision at the Synod Closing Mass Celebration at Webster Bank Arena on September 19, 2015.

Under his leadership the diocese has launched the Diocesan Leadership Institute, ongoing Strategic and Pastoral Planning, three major Foundations to support works of charity, faith, and education, an innovative social media outreach program, and other initiatives to renew the spiritual, liturgical and pastoral life of the diocese.

Born and raised in the Gravesend section Brooklyn, he was admitted to Yale University in 1977, and transferred to Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception, where he graduated summa cum laude. After briefly working in the publishing industry, he was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1987, in the chapel of the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, Queens.

A noted catechist, Bishop Caggiano was invited by Pope Benedict XVI to deliver World Youth Day talks in Sydney in 2008, Madrid in 2011, and by Pope Francis to serve as a catechist at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, 2013. In 2016, he led a delegation of almost 300 young people to World Youth Day in Krakow, where he served as a catechist. More recently he delivered a major talk at World Youth Day REUNITE held in Washington, D.C.

He presently serves on four committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB): Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis; Subcommittee on the Catechism; Orthodox Union Catholic Dialogue; Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.

On July 28, 2019, he was one of five American bishops elected by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to represent the United States at the XV Ordinary General Assembly: Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment held in October at the Vatican.

Five Years After the Landmark Dallas Charter

In the five years since U.S. Catholic bishops adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People at their landmark June 2002 meeting in Dallas, TX, dioceses across the country have made significant strides to instill practices that will ensure the safety of people of all ages, anywhere in the Church.

The positive changes that followed the Charter were of great significance for Diocese of Bridgeport, not only because of its own abuse crisis, but because Bishop William Lori played an important role in drafting the Charter, which has guided the Church’s response to the crisis across the U.S.

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A Conversation with Erin Neil, M.S.W.

Erin Neil, M.S.W., is the founding director of the Office of Safe Environments for the Diocese of Bridgeport, which opened in 2003. When the 29- year old social worker stepped into the new position during the middle of the abuse crisis, one could easily have wondered how she would fare. But four years later, Neil has overseen a program that has gained national recognition and passed three independent audits.

On the fifth anniversary of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, Fairfield County Catholic sat down with Neil to reflect on the challenges and successes.

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