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.
The St. John Paul II Fund supports the work of faith formation, young adult ministry, and parish religious education programs throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport through parish support, general operating support, Youth in Action, and mini grants.
In 2021, Foundations in Faith awarded $87,500 to 14 ministries through the St. John Paul II Fund's parish support grant program and $15,000 to three ministries through its Youth in Action grant program.
The St. Charles Borromeo Fund supports young men discerning and pursuing a call to the Catholic priesthood. These grants are exclusively available to Redemptoris Mater Seminary, Diocesan seminarians, and the Diocese of Bridgeport Office of Vocations.
In 2021, the St. Charles Borromeo Fund awarded $110,000 to three Diocesan ministries to support these young men in their vocation to the priesthood.
The St. John Vianney Fund supports the needs of retired clergy in the Diocese of Bridgeport. Grants from this fund support organizations like the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of the Clergy Priests Retirement Residence.
In 2021, the St. John Vianney Fund awarded $50,000 in general operating support to the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of the Clergy residence in Stamford, CT.
The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Fund provides financial resources to keep tuition costs and increases low at Catholic schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport. Grants from this fund are exclusively available to the Diocesan Office of the Superintendent.
In 2021, the St, Elizabeth Ann Seton Fund, together with the St. John Bosco Fund for Special Needs in Catholic Schools, awarded $350,000 to help fund marketing and a new director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
The St. John Bosco Fund supports the needs of students with learning disabilities and other specialized educational needs at Catholic schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport. Grants from this fund are exclusively available to the Diocese of Bridgeport Office of the Superintendent.
In 2021, The St. John Bosco Fund, along with the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Fund for Catholic Schools, awarded $350,000 to fund marketing and a new director of curriculum, instruction and assessment in Catholic schools.
The St. Catherine Center Fund supports the emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of students with disabilities whose needs cannot be met in a mainstream school setting. Grants from this fund are exclusively available to the St. Catherine Center for Special Needs.
In 2021, Foundations in Faith awarded $33,000 to the St. Catherine Center to help purchase a wheelchair-accessible van.
The mission of the St. Therese Fund for Evangelization is to support the creative and exciting work of sharing our Catholic faith. In these efforts, the fund supports bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ into our daily interactions and seeking to convert individuals and society with the Gospel itself.
In 2021, the St. Therese Fund for Evangelization awarded $33,000 to the Diocesan Young Adult Council and Veritas Catholic Radio to support evangelization efforts throughout the Diocese.
The mission of the Lourdes Fund for Pastoral Care at Catholic Nursing Homes is to support the emotional and spiritual needs of residents of three Catholic nursing homes previously owned by the Diocese of Bridgeport: St. Camillus Center in Stamford, St. John Paul II Center in Danbury, and St. Joseph Manor in Trumbull. By supporting the pastoral care needs of the elderly, nursing home staff can provide peace and comfort for their residents.
The St. Francis Xavier Fund provides resources -- both financial and human -- to partner with pastors to build long-term sustainable parishes. This fund strives to alleviate the financial burdens of urban churches that exhibit strong leadership, are pastorally vibrant, and reflect outstanding Missionary outreach. The goal is to empower Pastors to focus on nurturing and growing their ministries and furthering the work of evangelization and renewal, while ensuring that facilities are functioning to meet the future needs of the parish. The fund also builds bridges between pastors, parishes, and parishioners to better appreciate and cherish our Diocese's diversity.
Grants from the St. Francis Xavier Fund are available to all Diocesan quasi parishes, as well as Blessed Sacrament Church, The Cathedral Parish, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, St. George Parish, St. Joseph-St. Ladislaus Parish, St. Mary Parish (Stamford), St. Mary Roman Catholic Church (Bridgeport), and St. Peter Parish (Bridgeport).