STAMFORD—Redemptoris Mater, the missionary seminary of the Diocese of Bridgeport, will hold an Open House on June 30 from 10 am to 6 pm at 21 Schuyler Avenue in Stamford. There will be tours of the seminary every 20 minutes throughout the day and opportunities to meet the young men in formation for the priesthood. The visit will end with a barbecue to which everyone is invited.
Four years ago, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano decided to enkindle the Diocese of Bridgeport with missionary spirit by opening a Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Stamford whose purpose is to prepare priests for missionary work anywhere in the world — from China to Europe and the Philippines and even the streets of Bridgeport. “We need priests to spread the Gospel of Christ wherever there is a need,” says Father Marco Pacciana, the rector of the seminary.
Redemptoris Mater (Mother of the Redeemer) seminaries are under the auspices of the Neocatechumenal Way, a 55-year-old charism in the Church, dedicated to Christian formation and the New Evangelization. They were inspired by St. Pope John Paul II and his call for a “New Evangelization.” The first seminary opened in 1987 in the Diocese of Rome, and today there are 127 on five continents. Bishop Caggiano invited them to form a seminary that would form priests who could be sent anywhere on the globe, depending on the need. Since their inception, more than 2,000 men have been ordained to the priesthood and some 1,500 seminarians are in formation worldwide.
(To RSVP to the Open House, visit: www.rmbridgeport.org/open-house.)
About the Redemptoris Mater Seminary of Bridgeport
The Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Stamford opened in December 2015 under the direction of Father Alfonso Picone, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish. It was the ninth in the United States. Today there are ten young men there from 5 different nations (USA, Brazil, Colombia, Kiribati, Honduras). They are under the direction of Father Marco Pacciana, the rector, and Father Giandomenico Flora, the spiritual director and also rector of St. Margaret’s Shrine in Bridgeport.