Prayer in Motion!

BRIDGEPORT—In this brief video, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano invites people throughout the diocese to join him in a day of prayer on September 23 pilgrimage to The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

“The purpose of a pilgrimage is to break from the ordinary routine and spend time in prayer and gratitude. It is prayer in motion,” the bishop says, noting that the one-day pilgrimage will be “a journey into the beauty, mystery and power of prayer.” It will also be a very special day for the bishop because he will unveil the new outdoor shrine and rosary garden dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima and the Visionaries. Highlight of the day will be a 2 pm Mass in the National Basilica, which will be televised live on EWTN.

The pilgrimage day will include arrival at the basilica grounds at 1 pm, with Mass celebrated by Bishop Caggiano at 2 pm followed by a procession and dedication of a new outdoor Rosary Path and shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima.

Buses will depart at 7 am from St. Jude Parish in Monroe, the Catholic Center in Bridgeport and Trinity High School in Stamford. They are expected to return at 11:30 pm on the same day.

The pilgrimage to the shrine is the culmination of the online Face of Prayer campaign, which the bishop formally launched on Divine Mercy Sunday at St. Augustine Cathedral. Following the shrine’s dedication, the Face of Prayer campaign will be open to people all over the United States, with Bishop Caggiano making a special invitation to the more and 20,000 young people who will attend the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis later this year.

The pilgrimage is open to all people throughout the diocese. To learn more about the Face of Prayer and register for the pilgrimage, visit

Click here to watch the bishop’s video