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

Vicar General
Msgr. Thomas W. Powers
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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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2016 Priest Prayer cards:


2016 Deacon Prayer cards:


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 consecrated men and women.
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.


Msgr. Thomas W. Powers, Vicar General



Below: Religious Women pitch in at Habitat House










Sr. Rosario John, SV represents her order in the Closing Ceremony
of the Year for Consecrated Life.


Sr. Patricia Rickis, DHS and Irene Kostzewski participate in the Recessional.


Sr. Joan Magnetti, RSCJ and Barbara Saxe carry candle in the procession.


Sr. Joan Flynn, RSM and Maria Spencer file out after Vespers.


Sr. Anna Rodriquez, MSSMI and associate, Mariam Lugo, take part in the ceremony.


Mary Frances Malone of Fairfield University, Bill Hoey of St. Vincent Medical Center,
John Santa of the Knights of Malta, and Jane Ferreira of Mercy Learning Center
spoke about Religious in Education, Health Care, Prison Ministry
and Outreach Ministry at the Closing Service for the Year of Consecrated Life.


The Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts take part in the Vespers Service.


The Franciscans Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
join the procession line.


Fr. Robert Kinnally, the presider, and Neocatechumenal Way Seminarians
pray Evening Prayer on February 2 at the Cathedral.


 Fr. Christopher Johnson, OCD, Fr. Michal Nowak, OFM, Conv.
and Bro. Jonathan Stott, SJ process with their candles in the Vespers Entrance.


Students from the St. Augustine Academy sing in the choir
at the Closing of the Year of Consecrated Life.


Sr. Carolyn Carlisano, ASCJ and Joelle Cote walk in the Recessional Procession.




In February Fr. Augustine Nguyen, Chaplain at Kolbe Cathedral High School invited Religious to a Vocation Day. 
Sr. Nancy Strillacci, ASCJ, helped to coordinate the event. All four classes came to the Gym in waves
to meet Religious Men and Women and discuss at small group tables religious life, charisms and ministries.

Maryknoll Sisters from Ossining, NY talked about working in the missions
and showed handicrafts from faraway places.


Sr. Carol Ann Nawracaj, OFM, a Bernadine Franciscan,
shared her vocation resources with Kolbe Cathedral students.


Apostle of the Sacred Heart, Sr. Jeanne Marie Vonder Haar, ASCJ
and Catherine Broderson, a postulant, ready materials
for distribution among students at their order’s booth.