Pastoral Care Funds & Ministries

Established to nurture, guide, and reinvigorate the diocesan approach to life-long formation for parishioners, seminarians and priests as we journey in growing closer to God. Our focus on Pastoral Care prioritizes the importance of reaching out to the most vulnerable in our Catholic parish communities; the very young, the elderly, the differently-abled and the under-resourced.

St. John Paul II Fund for Religious Education

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 subscriptions at bulk rate for reduced costs for parishes forces to take religious education online during pandemic, $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 reimagine 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

Distributed $175,000 in 2020

Distributed $175,000 in 2019
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

Distributed $95,000 to St. John Fisher, Redemptoris Mater and Office of Vocations in 2020

Distributed $95,000 to St. John Fisher, Redemptoris Mater and Office of Vocations in 2019
This fund will help assist with the education and formation of seminarians in the Diocese of Bridgeport, both at the St John Fisher Seminary for Diocesan young men and at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary supporting the mission of the Neocathachumenal Way here in the Diocese.

St. Francis Xavier Mission Churches

This fund launched in 2020 to help assist parish communities located in economically challenged areas, whose mission is vibrant and essential to the life of the Diocese yet need resources to assist with the parish's operational demands.

Distributed $210,000 to 12 Parishes hit hardest by the COVID-19 forced closures.

Launching Parish specific pilot project in Bridgeport to enhance communications and engagement with Parishioners through online and system upgrades.

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

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

Distributed $40,000 to Queen of Clergy Priests' Retirement Residence in 2019
Our long-serving priests rely on the support of the generosity of the people of the Diocese for much of their care and support. This fund will create a strong support system for those who have served us over so many years.

St. Catherine Center for Special Needs Fund
This fund supports 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 allow for the creative and exciting work of sharing our faith.

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.