ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.—One hundred years ago, Dorothy Brady took her two-month-old son Philip to downtown Rochester for a parade celebrating Armistice Day—the end of the War to End All Wars. She had great hopes for her newborn baby because she’d once been told she would be Read More ››
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BRIDGEPORT—It’s Friday morning and we all know what that means. It’s time for another segment of Faith Friday with Fr. Sam Kachuba!
Only this video, sponsored by the Communications Office of the Diocese of Bridgeport, will be special: it will commemorate the one-year anniversary of the beginning Read More ››
DANBURY—The Immaculate High Schools boy golf team has won the SWC Golf Championship. It was a great victory for the young men and for Coach Kevin Dunleavy who will be retiring in June after 43 years as a science teacher at IHS. Photo: L-R: Coach Kevin Read More ››
WESTPORT—The annual Celebration of Consecrated Life was held at St. Luke Church, Westport, on May 15. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano was the main celebrant of the Mass , with ten other clergy concelebrating. Directly after Mass, a dinner was provided for 125 Religious, clergy and friends. Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On behalf of the John & Ethel Kashulon Foundation, Board of Director member T.R. Rowe recently presented two checks to Bishop Frank Caggiano. The first was in the amount of $10,000 and will be used to support a diocesan seminarian-in-need, and the second was in the Read More ››
STAMFORD—Fifty years ago, Pope Paul VI issued his seventh and last encyclical, Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), which upheld the Church’s teaching against artificial birth control, reaffirmed the sanctity of life and marital love, and emphasized the importance of responsible parenthood. The encyclical incited an immediate Read More ››
A 2016 poll of 4,500 “practicing” Catholic adults by the Pew Research Center stated that just eight percent of respondents believed contraception is morally wrong, while a whopping 89 percent said it was either morally acceptable or not a moral issue at all.
Shocking? Absolutely. Misguided? Totally. Read More ››
Veterans taking part in the 2018 Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage to France said the journey has positively influenced their lives and benefited those around them.
Maj. Jeremy Haynes, a first-time spiritual pilgrim and Lourdes visitor, said he is a changed man since visiting the shrine, where Mary Read More ››
The St. Pius X Knights of Columbus Council #16347 of Fairfield is pleased to announce that Braden Moore, pictured above, has won the 14 year old division of the Knights of Columbus State Free Throw Competition, held on April 8th at St. Paul’s High School in Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—“This is what we are all about—creating students focused on excellence,” said Dr. Steven Cheeseman, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Bridgeport. Speaking on what he called “one of my favorite days of the year,” he welcomed students and parents to the annual Breakfast Read More ››
Each time I visit Rome, I am powerfully reminded of the universal character of the Church. As I walk the streets of this city, reminiscing of my time spent here as a student priest, I am always struck at the diversity of cultures, languages and races Read More ››
GREENWICH—Peter and Barbara Ripp of Greenwich, lifelong supporters of Catholic education, have given a $1 million gift to Foundations in Education to create an early learning program for three- and four-year-old children in the Diocese of Bridgeport.Their donation will establish the Christopher Ripp Early Learning Program Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—St. Vincent’s Medical center celebrated National Nurses Week from May 6-12. The week was packed with many activities, including the Annual Awards and Recognition Reception, a Blessing of the Hands service, food trucks, a complimentary night shift coffee bar, and a door decorating contest.
Throughout the week, Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Former NBC Universal President/CEO Bob Wright praised Merton Center for its “broad range of programs” and urged the 250 in attendance to support is mission at this morning’s 24th Annual Celebrity Breakfast held yesterday at the downtown Holiday inn.
Al Barber, President of Catholic Charities, said the Read More ››
DANBURY—Student-athletes from Immaculate High School signed with colleges to run cross country/track & field or play college football, baseball, basketball, golf or lacrosse at a special signing ceremony recently.
Abigail Allen of New Miford will golf, Emma Connolly of Danbury, Sean Connolly of Danbury, Patrick Cropsey of Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Charlotte McCorquodale, president of Ministry Training Source, will be the featured speaker at the next Leadership Summit on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 6 pm at the Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Ave, Bridgeport, CT)
“As we work to re-imagine Faith Formation in the diocese, all ministry leaders Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The rain did not stop over 500 people from coming to St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport on Saturday, May 19th at 7pm to celebrate the Vigil of Pentecost and the Confirmation of over 25 candidates.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano was the main celebrant, along with concelebrants Fr. Read More ››
Could you ever imagine inviting a guest into your home and then ignoring his or her presence? Under normal circumstances, such behavior would demonstrate bad will or a total lack of regard for the person visiting. In the home that I grow us in, such behavior Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Last Saturday, May 19, 2018, the Diocese of Bridgeport celebrated joyfully the ordinations of three men to the Transitional Diaconate. Rev. Mr. Peter Adamski, Rev. Mr. Christopher Ford, and Rev. Mr. David Roman were ordained deacons by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano in a beautiful Ordination Mass Read More ››
STAMFORD—Who knew that volunteering in a soup kitchen could be social and fun? If you stopped by a Social Night of Service at New Covenant Center in Stamford, you would see that it certainly can be.
What exactly is Social Night of Service? It started as an Read More ››
TRUMBULL—Two students from St. Theresa School won top honors at the Regional Woodsman Speech Contest. Eighth grader Olivia Lieby and seventh grader Vishnu Kumar competed in the annual Woodsman Oration Contest held at St. Rose of Lima School in Newtown on May 15. Six area Catholic Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—On Sunday, May 20, Fairfield University’s Class of 2018 undergraduate and graduate students received their degrees during the University’s 68th Commencement exercises.
This was the first Fairfield University Commencement for Mark. R. Nemec, PhD, the University’s 9th President. He asked the graduates to commit to three things: Read More ››
HOUSTON (CNS) — In response to the May 18 school shooting at a Houston-area high school, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said the archdiocesan community would “unite to support and offer healing to those affected.”
“As a society, we must strive for a way to end Read More ››
NORWALK—Join Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Diocese of Bridgeport, as he leads us in processing out onto the road to witness our faith in the Eucharistic Lord on the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
The route Read More ››
TRUMBULL—St Joseph High School, striving to be southern Connecticut’s premier college preparatory school, is proud to announce that they have officially opened Café de las Sonrisas USA (Café of Smiles) for students and faculty. All proceeds to benefit Café de las Sonrisas in Granada, Nicaragua.
Café de Read More ››
In 1966, when Jim Sullivan was 6 years old, his father took him and his aunt, a missionary nun visiting from Australia, to the top of Pine Hill to see Holy Land USA for the first time.
The group walked up the hill in Waterbury, and from Read More ››
“De una u otra manera, la Campaña Anual Católica es de un gran impacto entre todos los miembros de la parroquia”, dice Joel Aquino, miembro de la parroquia de San Benito-Nuestra Señora de Montserrat en Stamford.
“Es como nosotros”, dice su esposa Alexandra. “Nuestros hijos han estado Read More ››
“In some way or another, the Annual Catholic Appeal has a big impact on all the members of the parish,” says Joel Aquino, a member of St. Benedict-Our Lady of Montserrat Parish in Stamford.
“It’s like us,” his wife Alexandra says in agreement. “Our kids have been Read More ››
BLOOMFIELD—Unity in Christ and respect for everyone’s gifts, cultures and traditions lead Catholics to share the faith as a stronger community.
That was the message Hispanic leaders from episcopal Region I South heard when they met May 12 to discern challenges and opportunities in the church at Read More ››
DANBURY— The Mater Ecclesiae (Mother of the Church) mosaic will be blessed on the Solemnity of the Pentecost, Sunday, May 20th, following the 11:30 am Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Danbury. A reception will follow.
Fr. Peter Towsley, Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Read More ››
In years past, butterflies might be taught to everyone at once in Melinda Gremse’s first grade class at Assumption Catholic School in Fairfield.
Now her 14 students rotate in groups of three and four through stations. While one group builds symmetrical butterflies out of colorful wood chips, Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—The boys varsity basketball team at Assumption Catholic School, Fairfield, are the 2018 champions of the Catholic School League. Their overall record of 12-2 earned them a spot in the semi-finals and then on to the finals where they won two games back to back to Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—On Saturday, May 19, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will ordain three men as transitional deacons for the Diocese of Bridgeport. The Ordination Mass will be celebrated at 11 am in St. Augustine Cathedral. Traditionally, ordination as a transitional deacon is the last step before ordination to Read More ››
STAMFORD—A casual conversation about what to do with a library full of books that needed to be cleaned out to make way for the school’s new media center turned into an opportunity to extend the lives of the books by donating them to students and teachers Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Deacon Joseph M. Melita died Sunday, May 13, at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield. He was 96 years old.
Born in Bridgeport on April 22, 1923, Deacon Melita graduated from Warren Harding High School in 1941 and served as Technical Sergeant in the Air Read More ››
TRUMBULL—Faithful from around the Diocese of Bridgeport came together last Saturday to celebrate the Perpetual Profession of Maria del Pilar (Mapi) Cerdeña Perochena at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull.
The beautiful day began with the Mass of Profession, celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, in Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS)—The Catholic Church doesn’t often add new celebrations to its pretty full liturgical calendar, but this year’s new feast day, Mary, Mother of the Church on May 21, has Catholics gearing up to mark the day or at least think a little more about Mary.
The Read More ››
NEW HAVEN—More than 200 active and retired U.S. military personnel will take part in the annual Warriors to Lourdes spiritual journey dedicated to individual healing and a more peaceful world. The May 15-22 journey is timed to coincide with the 60th annual International Military Pilgrimage (PMI).
“The Read More ››
Saint Thomas once taught his students that to love God means to love all the things that God loves. In light of this simple and profound truth, I am most grateful to all the mothers, living and deceased, who taught their spouses, children, grandchildren, neighbors and Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—Hundreds of faithful are expected to fill St. Augustine Cathedral this Saturday, 7:00 pm (May 19) for the Vigil of Pentecost Mass celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano. All are welcome to attend.
The evening will begin with Evening Vespers at Sunset followed by a procession into Read More ››
DARIEN- Parishioners of St. Thomas More in Darien are currently gathering for Sunday Mass in the Parish Hall while the 1973-built church undergoes extensive renovation. The Hall was restored in 2017 as part of the Next Generation project and now provides a beautiful multi-purpose space for Read More ››
FAIRFIELD—More than 2,000 Sacred Heart University students embarked on a new phase in their lives this weekend after receiving diplomas and words of advice and encouragement from leaders, scholars and classmates. The SHU class of 2018 includes 1,217 undergraduates who will have earned bachelor’s degrees and Read More ››
BLOOMFIELD-Delegates from the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Dioceses of Bridgeport, Norwich and Springfield gathered yesterday at the Archdiocesan Center at Saint Thomas Seminary, in Bloomfield, to further the V Encuentro (Fifth Encounter) journey that has been described as one of the most significant pastoral events Read More ››
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Just in time for Mother’s Day, a handful of bishops shared memories of their moms on a recent podcast by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The bishops, interviewed on the “Made for Love” podcast, which is part of the USCCB’s Marriage Unique for Read More ››
During a special pop-up performance at The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center in New York City
NEW YORK, NY (09 May 2018) – The Pope’s Choir, Capella Musicale Pontificia Sistina, captivated a surprised audience at The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center in New York City Read More ››
STAMFORD-RAIN DOWN! Is a celebration of the Holy Spirit who animates, guides, forms and transforms us! Started in 2015 by Fathers Bert Pinciaro and Joseph Gill, RAIN DOWN has grown from 60 youth from four Parishes to 140 youth from six parishes in 2017. This October, Read More ››
STAMFORD—Volunteers from Our Lady Star of the Sea made improvements to the home of Kathleen Kinsella as part of HomeFront Day, when volunteers revitalize homes for low-income families. HomeFront is a Stamford nonprofit that provides quality-of-life improvements to families with financial hardships.
Home owner Kathleen Kinsella is Read More ››
STAMFORD—Msgr. John Bernard Hossan died on May 6 at the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of the Clergy Residence in Stamford. The retired pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Redding Ridge was 90 years old.
Born in Danbury on August 21, 1927, he graduated from St. Joseph School Read More ››
VATICAN CITY—The Catholic Church needs to seek the input, commitment and talents of all of its members if it is to be truly catholic and to evangelize effectively, said a new document from the International Theological Commission.
Pope Francis has called for the church to be “synodal,” Read More ››
NEWTOWN—At the beginning of May, St. Rose School’s National Junior Honor Society held a food drive for the Faith Food Pantry. They placed boxes in all K-8 classrooms, encouraging students and families to support this good cause. As an extra incentive, Sister Colleen offered a pizza Read More ››
The Knights of Columbus Connecticut State Council celebrated its 125th Anniversary serving the state of Connecticut at its annual state convention on the weekend of May 5th. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson was the special honoree at the convention banquet on Saturday night.
Each year the state Read More ››
TRUMBULL—With suddenly beautiful spring and a light breeze lifting the newly opened leaves, people throughout the diocese gathered at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Trumbull for the Mass for the Unborn and rededication of the Memorial to the Unborn.
The Mass was hosted the Knights of Columbus Read More ››
There is an old saying: “man proposes and God disposes.” As I woke up this morning, I was reminded of how much God is in charge of everything we do.
Yesterday I left the pilgrimage at Lourdes to return home to the United States, in order to Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—The Diocese of Bridgeport kicked off it its Personalized Learning Initiative on Friday when principals and teachers from six schools participating in the pilot program gathered at the Catholic Center to prepare for a Fall launch of the program.
During the meeting Dr. Steven Cheeseman, Superintendent of Read More ››
SHELTON—Hundreds of parishioners and friends filled St. Joseph Church in Shelton for “A Night with Mozart,” the St. Joseph Spring Concert held in honor of St. Joseph the Worker. Father Michael Dogali, St. Joseph’s pastor, said it was a night of joy and celebration with proceeds Read More ››
STAMFORD—Funded by the Arbella Insurance Foundation and hosted by Bearingstar Insurance, Distractology is a mobile stimulator experience designed to show new drivers exactly how dangerous it is to text and drive. New drivers will get firsthand experience of how distractions interfere with their ability to react Read More ››
BRIDGEPORT—When Dominic Vachon’s brother was dying of cancer, it gave him a profoundly personal insight into healthcare and the importance of empathy and compassion.
His brother died in 1983 after four years that Vachon said “gripped my life” and led him on a lifelong professional journey, exploring Read More ››
STAMFORD—What a “swing to spring” the months of March and April were for New Covenant Center! We went from snow days to sunny days—all in a just a few weeks. Also within just a few weeks, New Covenant Center hosted two very different fundraisers. One that Read More ››
TRUMBULL—In many ways, what we are celebrating, and what you have lived, the world doesn’t understand,” said Bishop Frank Caggiano to nearly 200 couples who attended the recent Wedding Jubilee Mass at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull.
The world sees marriage as a contract that hopefully works Read More ››
Barbara Oleynick had a vision—one forming within her mind and heart for the last 20 years: to bring the story of the miracle of Fatima to all those who wish to hear it. As a producer, director, writer and composer, Oleynick dreamed of a multi-media virtual Read More ››
“In such a difficult mission, one must be holy.” These are the words spoken by Saint Peter Chanel, whose feast day we celebrate today. Saint Peter, born in France, joined the Marists brothers and traveled to the Pacific Island of Futuna to serve as a missionary. Read More ››
Msgr. Thomas Green, professor of canon law, died on April 28 at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Chester, Penn., at the age of 79.
Born in Bridgeport on August 10, 1938, to Thomas J. and Beatrice Green, he graduated from the Fairfield Prep in 1956 and received Read More ››
TRUMBULL—The Diocesan Youth Choir performed a beautiful Spring Concert: “Lift Every Voice” in front of a full St. Theresa Parish on Sunday, April 29th.
From the first notes of “He is Exalted,” to the ending chords of “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” the crowd of Read More ››
STAMFORD — More than 300 people came out to a honor a priest Bishop Frank Caggiano described as “a man of authentic humility” and to celebrate the future of the priesthood in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Msgr. Thomas Powers, Vicar General and honoree, received a standing ovation Read More ››
GREENWICH, CT – April 25, 2018 – Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has appointed the new Board of Directors for Greenwich Catholic School, which announced its transition to a new governance structure, known as an Academy model, in March.
“These individuals bring extensive experience, talent, and energy to the Read More ››
Almost 50 years ago, when Father Thomas Lynch began his life as a priest, his first assignment was to visit an elderly parishioner who was dying—a man who was angry with God, angry with life … and angry with the priest.
He had several days of stubble Read More ››
HAMDEN- Claire Donelan ’18 (Fairfield) and Avishan Montazer ’18 (Hamden) were selected to represent Sacred Heart Academy at the Southern Connecticut Conference’s (SCC) 24thScholar Leader Banquet. At the event, 46scholar leaders, two from each member school, were recognized for outstanding scholarship and leadership in their respective schools Read More ››
FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Students at Sacred Heart University don’t just play video games—they also build them.
Nearly two years ago, Robert McCloud, associate professor in the School of Computing, began providing his students hands-on game design experience.
“One of the most important things for students looking for jobs is to Read More ››
Yesterday I began spring cleaning in the apartment in Brooklyn. In this way, I am continuing a tradition that my mother observed for all the years of her life. For mom, spring cleaning meant washing all the windows, draperies, cleaning out the closets, getting the backyard Read More ››
Bill Mitchell still remembers the night he took his three sons to an Islanders’ game at Nassau Coliseum. He remembers bringing them to the suite. He remembers the hostess handing him his first double Scotch. But that’s all he remembers.
The next morning he woke with Read More ››
STAMFORD—Colin Lomnitzer, of Trumbull, a seminarian at John Fisher Seminary Residence, received his Candidacy from Bishop Frank J. Caggiano on Sunday April 22 during the noon time Mass at St. Piux X Church in Fairfield.
At the Candidacy ceremony, seminarians become official candidates for preparation for the sacrament Read More ››
DARIEN- “It’s a pilgrimage we’re all involved with…at every level: physically; spiritually; emotionally…but we’ll make it to the Promised Land.”
Typically a pilgrimage involves taking a journey to a different place, and being changed in the process. But the parishioners at St. Thomas More Church in Darien Read More ››
TRUMBULL- The Parish of Saint Catherine of Siena is hosting a paper shredding fundraising event on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 9 a.m. – 12 noon, rain or shine. All kinds of papers and documents will be shredded while you wait by a professional shredding truck. No Read More ››