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Raleigh Seminarian with terminal brain cancer responds to Brittany Maynard

November 04, 2014

Philip Johnson, a 30-year-old Catholic seminarian from the Diocese of Raleigh who has terminal brain cancer, has written an article responding to Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman who has publicly stated her plan to commit suicide due to the fact that she has a terminal brain cancer. Johnson is vocal about his disagreement that suicide would preserve one’s dignity in the face of a debilitating illness. His article is below:

Dear Brittany: Our Lives Are Worth Living, Even With Brain Cancer

Last week I came across the heartbreaking story of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer one year after her wedding. When doctors suggested that she might only have six months to live, she and her family moved from California to Oregon in order to obtain the prescriptions necessary for doctor-assisted euthanasia. She is devoting her last days to fundraising and lobbying for an organization dedicated to expanding the legality of assisted suicide to other States.

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| November 18, 2014

Anne McCrory is the former chancellor of the Diocese of Bridgeport and is currently its chief legal and real estate officer (she is wearing the white jacket in accompanying photos).

Recently, she and her husband purchased a home, and a friend of theirs, Gina Barber, made them a housewarming gift. Gina is an artist, and she combined theology, spirituality and raw, physical materials to produce a work of art and devotion that will proudly hang in the McCrory home.

Each time Anne and her husband, and their family, friends and visitors look upon Gina’s gift, they will remember Gina’s kindness and thoughtfulness for creating such a powerful work of art, which is also a primary symbol of Jesus Christ. Gina’s gift is not only for house-warming, it is also a house-blessing!

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"We owe you a tremendous debt" - Bishop tells retired Priests | November 21, 2014

STAMFORD-- More than 50 retired priests, donors and invited guests gathered today for groundbreaking of the $3.5 million expansion of the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of Clergy Retired Priests’ Residence.

Describing the new project as an “exciting and historic moment,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said the groundbreaking was another step forward for the diocese. He thanked the staff for their dedicated service to the priests and donors for their generosity in making the expansion possible.

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Diocese to break ground for Queen of Clergy Expansion | November 21, 2014

STAMFORD— A groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of the Catherine Dennis Keefe, Queen of the Clergy Retired Priests’ Residence will be held on Friday, November 21, 4 pm at 274 Strawberry Hill Avenue in Stamford.

Deacon Domingo Reverón | November 21, 2014

Deacon Domingo Reverón, Sr., a deacon at St. Peter Parish in Bridgeport, died on November 9 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. He was 78 years old. Deacon Reverón was born in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, and had come Bridgeport as a young man. He had attended seminary for four years in Puerto Rico; after coming to this area he helped to introduce the Cursillo movement to the Diocese of Bridgeport, starting first at the former St. Anthony Parish in Bridgeport and then at St. Peter's. Cursillo is now widespread, holding monthly ultreya meetings throughout the diocese.

Trumbull OKs conversion of bishop’s residence into seminary | November 20, 2014

The Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport is asking the Trumbull P & Z for permission to convert the bishop's residence on Daniels Farm Road in Trumbull into a seminary in an effort to downsize.

Pope condemns attack on Jerusalem synagogue, urges end to violence | November 19, 2014

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis condemned the "unacceptable episodes of violence" in Jerusalem, episodes that "do not spare even places of worship," after an attack in a synagogue left four worshippers, a policeman and the two attackers dead.

Trinity Catholic girls soccer wins Sportsmanship Award | November 18, 2014

The Trinity Catholic High School Varsity Girls Soccer team was awarded the prestigious Brian Kelly Award for sportsmanship by the Southern Connecticut Soccer Officials Association. At a recent banquet the team was applauded for its conduct and character on the field of play.

St. Joseph High School Awarded State School Security Grant Funds | November 17, 2014

TRUMBULL— St. Joseph High School in Trumbull has been awarded a $92,857 School Security Grant by Gov. Daniel P. Malloy. The matching grant commits $185,750 for increased security measures at the school. Governor Malloy stated, "We want our schools—both private and public— to make their institutions as safe as possible."

A Toast to the Roast | November 16, 2014

Larry Cafero is the former minority leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives, and he currently practices law in Norwalk. In his college days, he tried his hand at stand-up comedy, and if he never made it as a politician or a lawyer, he very well may have been another Seinfeld.

Serving others is the heart of Catholic Social Teaching | November 16, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Bishop Caggiano set the tone for the Eighth Annual CAPP Communion in his homily at the Egan Chapel of Fairfield University Breakfast, when he told the gathering of business leaders that the Gospel is an “antidote” to the current fallacy “that my life is all about me.”

Synod wrestles with challenges While moving toward consensus | November 15, 2014

TRUMBULL— Delegates largely reached consensus on a wide range of issues affecting the local Church during today’s Second General Session of Synod 2014, but wrestled with ways to approach youth and disaffected Catholics.