Shehan Center Celebrates Retirement for Terry O’Connor

STRATFORD—Over 250 guests gathered on December 17 at Vazzano’s Four Seasons in Stratford, Conn. to celebrate Terry O’Connor’s 26 years of service as executive director of the Cardinal Shehan Center and six years of service to the McGivney Community Center.

O’Connor passes the torch to Lorraine Gibbons as the new executive director of both the McGivney Community Center and Cardinal Shehan Center as of January 1. O’Connor’s son Ryan will be the new director of development.

His retirement marks the end of an era of growth and transformation at the downtown youth center sponsored by the Diocese of Bridgeport. Congratulations and best wishes, Terry!

The Cardinal Shehan Center is a non-profit organization located in Bridgeport. For 55 years the Center has served the recreational, educational and social needs of moderate and low-income families and young people of lower Fairfield County, particularly inner-city Bridgeport. Their mission is enriching lives through learning. This is accomplished by offering an after-school & Saturday youth development program, summer day camp, various basketball leagues, sign-up programs, physical education classes to grammar schools and alternative education programs. The Center commits itself to offering a clean, safe environment where positive, growth-enhancing opportunities are offered regardless of race or religious affiliation.

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Photos by Amy Mortensen

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