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

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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Foundations in Faith Statement on Shooting in Uvalde, Texas
"But Jesus said, 'Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'" -- Matthew 19:14
There are no words to describe the anguish and heartache we feel in hearing the news of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. We at Foundations in Faith mourn the senseless loss of life, including 19 precious children who barely had a chance to begin theirs.
In reflecting on this horrific act of violence, Foundations in Faith affirms its support of pro-life issues, including policies supporting gun safety and mental health services. As Catholics, we believe in the sanctity of all life from conception until natural death. We believe children have a right to pursue an education in safety. Most importantly, we believe children have the right to live.
It is our calling as people of faith to pray for the victims, their families, and the larger Uvalde community in light of this act of violence. But it also falls upon us to become peacemakers through action. The Foundations in Faith staff will be prayerfully reflecting upon the tangible actions we can take to support pastoral care for those affected by this and other acts of violence in our community. Ultimately, we are committed to working toward an end to gun violence in our country.
Below is a list of the victims of the Uvalde shooting who have been identified thus far. We ask you to lift their names up in your prayers, and entrust them to the protection of our Blessed Mother.
Neveah Bravo, Elijah Cruz, Makenna Lee Elrod, Jose Flores, Amerie Garcia, Ellie Garcia, Irma Garcia, Uziyah Garcia, Xavier Lopez, Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, Tess Mata, Miranda Mathis, Eva Mireles, Althia Ramirez, Annabelle Guadalupe Rodriguez, Maite Yuleana Rodriguez, Alexandria Aniyah Rubio, Jailah NicoleSilguero, and Rogelio Torres.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted, pray for us.
It was wonderful to see a grant from the Lourdes Fund in action today! Sr. Elizabeth Linh Nguyen was able to give us a tour of St. Joseph Manor in Trumbull and show off the chapel sound system and their computers and printers funded by their grant from the Lourdes Fund. Great work to Sr. Elizabeth, Fr. Pavia, and the rest of the pastoral care team at St. Joseph Manor!
It’s almost that time! Get your program support grant application in by tomorrow, April 1!
Only four days left to apply for a parish support grant! Get started now at
The clock is ticking! Applications for parish support grants from the St. John Paul II Fund close this Friday, April 1. To get started on yours, visit
Bishop Caggiano helped me come to a better understanding on the concept of “Just War”. I learned a tremendous amount and was moved by this podcast.  Tune in to Let Me Be Frank! -Kelly Weldon
No fooling around here! If you’re interested in applying for a parish support grant from the St. John Paul II Fund for Religious Education and Faith Formation, you only have until April 1 to do so. Visit to get started on your application today!