Pastoral Care Funds

Grant funding supports Parishes and pastoral care programs in the Diocese of Bridgeport. With a focus on reinvigorating our Catholic faith and formation, this foundations prioritizes youth, vocations, discipleship, evangelization and justice. We are on a life long journey and strive to love and accompany our brothers, sisters and neighbors especially the most vulnerable among us. Click here to learn about the nine funds/ministries.

Grant Opportunities

We believe in partnerships, financial and human. Parishes and Diocese of Bridgeport programs have the opportunity to apply and receive grants to support Bishop Caggiano's vision for reinvigorating faith formation, discipleship and missionary outreach. The foundation has three types of grants designed to target and elevate smart, creative approaches to enhancing Pastoral Care. Click here to read more.

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Foundations In Faith

Foundations in Faith embraces innovative approaches to funding Pastoral Care programs in the Diocese of Bridgeport. Resources focus on energizing lifelong formation and discipleship and fostering a commitment to justice and accompaniment with our most vulnerable.

From Seminarians to Retired Priests, from Baptism to Last Rites, from suburbs to Inner cities.

The reach is broad, and the impact is meaningful.

Ensuring the vitality of our church demands immediate and ongoing efforts to listen, learn, connect, create, leverage and partner. Investments in time, talent and treasure will create furtile ground to plant seeds of discipleship. In our parish ministries, we must innovate, increase our evangelization efforts to welcome folks to come to or in some cases return to participation in parish life. Forming young people committed to Christ requires the reimagining of faith formation and the expansion of meaningful youth ministry programs. Our seminarys must continue to welcome, educate and form men for the priesthood, and as a Catholic community we will embrace our commitment to provide for the needs of our retired priests.

In our community, we must continue to show God’s love to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities; and meet the spiritual needs of the elderly living in nursing homes. Foundations in Faith will empower the Church in Fairfield County to support, strengthen and build collaborations to enrich our varied pastoral ministries.

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Amount distributed 22-23
22-23 Grants

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Stories and News

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In 2024-25, the JPII Fund for Faith Formation awarded $184,682 to fund programs at the parochial and diocesan levels. Some of our grantees expressed their gratitude… 😊 #GranteeGratitude #FaithFormation #catholic
Happy Birthday to Fr. Milan Dimic on his 66th birthday which is today June 28th and the 39th Anniversary of priestly ordination tomorrow.  Thank you for all that you do at St. Andrew Church and the Diocese of Bridgeport! Fr. Milan on the left is helping Chef Lisa prep dinner.  He is also a big fan of soccer.  Guess which team. Hint - namesake. 🎂
We’ll sure miss our friend and board member Anne McCrory when she retires this week and wish her all the best in this next chapter! 🏝️ ☀️
Our Lady of Fatima Church - June 19th.
 Foundations in Faith is thrilled to provide a grant to address a wonderful problem for us Catholics to have. One of our Parishes has so many families wanting to attend Mass that it regularly fills beyond capacity. Police are needed to oversee parking and when the lot is full the officers direct folks down the street to another Parish now offering additional Masses to support the overflow. Hallelujah!  The One (derful) problem to have
Foundation in Faith Announces Grants Totaling Over $384,000 for Priests and Catholic Schools.
On March 26th, the Foundations in Faith Board of Trustees approved a grant for $223,322 to the Office of the Superintendent of Catholic Schools.
This is in addition to the $161,600 approved for distribution to support Priests (Office of Vacations, Seminarians, and Retired Priests).
This represents a total distribution of $384,922 in General Operating Support grants. What is next? In June, the Foundations in Faith Board of Trustees will be approving a similar amount in Program Support grants. Stay tuned!
These General Operating Support grants are made possible by generous donors who have designated their donations to these essential ministries. Interested in exploring your legacy? Contact Kelly Weldon at
The timing could not have been better! This week, Foundations in Faith, Board of Trustees approved several significant grants to support Priests in the Diocese of Bridgeport. According to Kelly Weldon, the Board takes a holistic, three-pronged approach to enhancing the formation of Priests.

The first prong funnels funds into the recruitment and discernment of men sensing a calling to the priesthood by approving a grant to the Office of Vocations for $29,213.

The second prong targets committed seminarians with a grant for $95,794 to offset education costs; primarily tuition, room, and board.

The third prong ensures that our retired Priests are well cared for. The Board of Trustees approved a grant for $36,593 to cover general operating expenses at Our Queen of Clergy retirement home for Priests located in Stamford.

Some very ‘Good News’ is that the number of men discerning and entering the seminaries is growing. A needed trend that like Easter brings us great hope for the future of our Catholic Church.

With Easter just three days away, Foundations in Faith is pleased to announce these grants totaling $161,600 to support the Priesthood. We are most grateful to all our amazing Priests.
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