The Catholic Center
238 Jewett Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06606-2892

Episcopal Vicar for Clergy
Rev. Ian Jeremiah
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Program Director
Delegate for Religious
Sr. Nancy Strillacci, A.S.C.J.
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Administrative Assistant
Patty Novajosky
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Director of the Diaconate
for the Diocese of Bridgeport

Dn. Anthony P. Cassaneto, Ph.D.
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Click here to download information on Diaconate Program of the Diocese (PDF)

The Office of Clergy and Religious serves the more than 300 active and retired priests and deacons of the Diocese of Bridgeport as well as 350 religious. The areas of responsibilities include assignment of all clergy, continuing education and formation, and support services for the personal well-being of active and retired priests and deacons.The Office offers activities, programs and services for religous.

In March 2015, Fr. Sam Kacuba, Director of Seminarians and Vocations Director, and Fr. Ian Jeremiah, Vicar for Clergy, visited the Pontifical North American College students in Rome.  Pictured here after Mass, are Msgr. Thomas Powers, a professor on the faculty, Fr. Peter Lenox, a priest on sabbatical in Rome, Fr. Jeremiah, Fr. Kachuba, and two priests, Fr. Andrew Vill and Fr. Robert Wolfe, who are doing their fifth year of study.


Q & A on Consecrated life click here

Congratulations to Ruth and Mat-winners of the Consecrated Life poster and poem contest from St. Joseph School in Danbury!



For the Year of Consecrated Life 39 Religious priests and sisters volunteered to be partnered with a Catholic Elementary, Middle, High School or Catholic University in the Diocese of Bridgeport. They would pray for the school’s administration, staff and students, write to them, and visit to share information about their order, ministry and religious life. Sr. Marie Lucie Monast, a member of the Congregation of St. Thomas of Villanova, visited Villa Maria Education Center in Stamford staffed by the Bernadine Franciscan Sisters.

Apostles of the Sacred Heart at 420 Coram Ave., Shelton.  For info call (203) 924-1449. Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, St. Raphael Convent, 671 Grand St., Bridgeport

Sisters of Life, 159 Sky Meadow Dr., Stamford. For info call (202) 329-1492.

Sr. Ann Marie Moles, SSND, a member of the Charity and Social Justice Committee of the Synod, listens as Patrick Turner at the microphone, guides the attendees through a list of identified challenges. Bishop Caggiano, Synod Committees and Commission met recently at St. Jude Parish to prepare for the next General Session on February 7. 

Sr. Joan Magnetti, RSCJ, Executive Director of the Catholic Academies of Bridgeport, was honored for her 50 years in education at the Fourth Annual Ladies Luncheon for the Catholic Academies of Bridgeport, held at Greenwich Country Club.

Julie Rodgers, MCR and Monica Zuniga, MCR belong to the Marian Community of Reconciliation, a Society of Apostolic Life, founded in Lima Peru. The Fraternas, as they are called, are laywomen who have consecrated themselves to God in order to serve others in the world. In the local church in Bridgeport they minister in the Office of Faith Formation, in particular in youth faith formation.

Sr. Theresa Tremblay, DCPB, pictured on the right with another sister of her community, is the director of a nursery school on North Avenue, Bridgeport. Sister Theresa has a flourishing  ministry with urban Bridgeport teens on the weekends.

Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Superintendent of Schools, reviews plans of various school communities for the annual Catholic School Week’s celebrations.

Sr. Rita Ashwell, CSFN,   Sr. Victoria Michalenko, CMGT, and Sr. Frances Smalkowski, CSFN  harmonize before the 30th Anniversary Mass  at Saint John Paul II  Center which was celebrated recently by Bishop Caggiano. The song which they sang was written by Sr. Frances for the Center at the request of the late Bishop Walter Curtis. 

Sr. Nancy Strillacci, ASCJ, here pictured in front of the Supreme Court, was a participant in the Annual March for Life in Washington, DC, January 22, 2015.  A group of 47 parishioners from various Diocesan churches traveled by bus from  St. Theresa Church, Trumbull after having attended a Mass celebrated by Rev. Brian Gannon.


Some Quotes from some Foundresses and Founders:

When God holds our hand, what does it matter if the way is dark, or if we don’t know where we are going?  Clelia Merloni (ASCJ Foundress)

The life led by the Blessed Virgin throughout her time on earth ought to have its imitators. Marguerite Bourgeoys (CND Foundress)

Before the burden of the cares of this world, the risen Christ has a solution: He, as One Master, teaches men today, i.e, to each of us: Seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and other things will be added unto you (Matthew 6:33). Rev. Carlos Miguel Buela (IVE and SSVM Founder)

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty. Saint Teresa of Calcutta (MC Foundress)

The heart of the Church’s message is the Lord Jesus, and He is the “same yesterday, today and forever.” It is He whom young people search for, even if some are blind before the light, others stumble in the darkness of the world, others allow themselves to be the fascinated by false substitutes. But millions and millions open their heart to Him. Luis Fernando Figari (MCR Founder)

Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words. Saint Francis of Assisi (OFM, Conv. Founder)

Arm yourself with prayer rather than a sword; wear humility rather than fine clothes. Saint Dominic (OP Founder)

Have confidence and strong faith that God will assist you in everything. Saint Angela Merici (OSU Foundress)

We will endeavor to make Christ the only return He demands of us - by giving Him our whole heart - fashioned on His own model. Catherine McAuley (RSM Foundress)

For those who love, nothing is too difficult, especially when it is done for the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.Saint Ignatius Loyola (SJ Founder)

Patience and courage, it is impossible in this life not to have a mixture of ups and downs. Saint Julie Billiart (SND de N Foundress)

The love of Jesus sees into the future. Blessed Mary Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger (SSND Foundress)

I do not know why my life led me to any sort of prominence. I am not special. I am only an ordinary man. But if my position now permits me to be heard in some way, I want to spend the rest of my life devoted only to love, to doing good, to being prayerful. John J. Cardinal O’Connor (SV Founder)