Pastoral Care Funds & Ministries

Established to nurture and reinvigorate the diocesan approach to life-long formation as well as enhance pathways of discipleship for parishioners, seminarians and priests who journey in growing closer to God and sharing the 'good news' about our Catholic faith. Foundations in Faith focuses on Pastoral Care ministries that prioritize the importance of evangelizing and reaching out to our brothers and sisters. We strive to be compassionate and advance the dignity of all especially the most vulnerable in our Catholic parish communities; our youth, our elderly, our differently-abled and the oppressed.

St. John Paul II Fund for Religious Education, Youth Ministry and Faith Formation

The Mission of the St. John Paul II Fund is to support Parish and Curial programs in the Diocese of Bridgeport to enhance, energize, and reimagine new and relevant approaches to Faith Formation. Our funding (like St. John Paull II, prioritizes youth with a call to action to connect, to be compassionate and innovative in how we live, teach and encounter the ways of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Distributed $88,500 to 17 Parish Projects in 2020, $18,000 to the Leadership Institute for COVID-19 Related technology such as Zoom subscriptions and CatholicBrain.com subscriptions at bulk rate for reduced costs for parishes forces to take religious education online during pandemic, $4,500 for the Conversations About Race Webinars, $2000  Mini-Grant for a Youth Committee Against Racism, $10,000 for two Youth In Action grants; one to Our Lady of Fatima Youth Group to establish a desperately needed food pantry and the second to Cardinal Kung Academy for a Catholic Youth Radio Show in partnership with Veritas Catholic Radio.

Distributed $115,000 to 25 Parish Projects in 2019
Responding to Bishop Caggiano’s invitation to lifelong formation, in February 2018, parishes were invited to re-imagine faith formation at every level by announcing the Saint John Paul II Fund for Religious Education and Youth Ministry, which offered grant opportunities to assist their efforts. The grants were specifically designed to help diocesan parishes/organizations serve those populations they may not have been able to serve before and to fund significant changes in the very fabric of their outreach to the faithful in their parishes. For more information on the grant process please visit Grants page. Click here to view this years recipients.

St Elizabeth Ann Seton Education Fund

The mission of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Fund is to help keep the costs of Catholic Elementary School affordable to families in the Diocese of Bridgeport. This fund provides operating support to the Office of the Superintendent of Schools.

 

Distributed $175,000 in 2019 and 2020
This fund is intended to provide special resources to Catholic elementary schools in order to keep tuition increases low so that our schools are accessible and affordable to as many young people as possible.

St Charles Borromeo Seminary Fund

The mission of the St. Charles Borromeo Fund is to promote priestly vocations and accompany young men who are "called" on the journey of discerning the priesthood.

Distributed $95,000 to St. John Fisher, Redemptoris Mater and Office of Vocations in 2020 and 2019
This fund will help assist with the recruitment, discernment, education and formation of seminarians in the Diocese of Bridgeport, both at the St. John Fisher Seminary recently relocated to the Bishop's (former) Residence in Trumbull and at the Redemptoris Mater Diocesan Missionary Seminary in Stamford.

St. Francis Xavier Missionary Churches

The mission of the St. Francis Xavier Fund for Missionary Churches is to provide resources to Parishes that are deemed vital to the Diocese, vibrant in their leadership and ministries yet struggle with economic burdens. Missionary Parishes exhibit a dedication for promoting justice, compassion to all they serve and highly value fellowship among the beautifully diverse Catholic community in which they live.

In 2020:

Distributed $230,000 to 11 Parishes hit hardest by the COVID-19 crisis.

Granted $25,000 in Capacity Building funding to Blessed Sacrament Parish in Bridgeport to enhance technology, communications and engagement with Parishioners through online and system upgrades.

Granted $10,000 in Project Support to a Church in Bridgeport  to purchase a boiler for a Rectory with no heat risking the health of the staff, Pastor and a Retired Priest in residence.

Evaluating a significant Capital Improvement initiative to prevent chronic water damage to basilica style parish in the heart of Stamford.

 

St John Vianney Retired Priest Fund

The mission of the St. John Vianney Fund is to support our long-serving, dedicated Priests who gave of themselves selflessly over their lifetimes, serving thousands of parishioners and community members. It is our privilege and duty to give back to our retired Priests by providing for their ongoing care and support.

Distributed $40,000 to Queen of Clergy Priests' Retirement Residence in 2020 and 2019

 

St. Catherine Center for Special Needs Fund
This fund will support the mission of the Center to provide unified pastoral and educational programs for individuals with disabilities and serves as a centralized resource for the Diocesan community. The Center strives to foster the educational, spiritual and social well-being of children and adults with disabilities through Saint Catherine Academy, an adult day program, support for inclusion in parishes and Catholic Schools. Read more...

St. Therese Fund for Evangelization
Our parishes and schools, as well as all our ministries are in need of innovative approaches and resources to support evangelization as the core of all that we do as a faith community. This fund will provide grants for creative and innovate programs that will grow our faith by converting hearts and bring people closer to Jesus Christ.

Lourdes Fund for Pastoral Care
The Diocese of Bridgeport is committed to provide care for those residents who are at the three nursing homes previously owned by the Diocese; St. Joseph Center in Trumbull, St. Camillus Center in Stamford and St. John Paul II Center in Danbury. Services include mass and communion services in our on-site chapels as well as the upkeep of these chapels. Religious sisters are on staff at these homes and provide sacramental and pastoral visits. This fund has been established to ensure the continuation of this ministry.

 

St. John Bosco Fund
Supporting children with special educational needs in our Catholic elementary and high schools.