The Bishop of Bridgeport to Speak at the Quick Center
The Bishop of Bridgeport, the Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, will share his hopes for the future of the Diocese of Bridgeport when he delivers the 21st Annual Christopher F. Mooney, S.J. Lecture on Theology, Religion & Society, on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at 8 p.m. Free and open to the public, the event will take place in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, on the Fairfield University campus. Complimentary tickets need to be reserved through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396. (1-877-278-7396).
Bishop Caggiano’s lecture is entitled, “On Calling a Diocesan Synod: Hopes and Dreams.” In his talk, he will discuss how the Diocese has begun its fourth diocesan synod, in the hope that it will be a catalyst for pastoral discernment and renewal. The event is sponsored by Fairfield University’s Center for Catholic Studies.
“Throughout its history, the Church has effectively used the work of synods to clarify the pastoral challenges that confronted believers in a given age, to listen attentively to the voice of the Spirit who sought to guide them in such times and to discern effective responses to those challenges,” Bishop Caggiano said of his upcoming talk. “In the Diocese of Bridgeport, we have begun our fourth diocesan synod, in the hope that it will be a catalyst for pastoral discernment and renewal. Against the larger backdrop of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, my remarks will provide both a personal and theological assessment of the synod and its work.”
The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano was formally installed as the fifth Bishop of Bridgeport at an Installation Mass held at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull in September 2013. In his homily, the Brooklyn, New York born and raised priest spoke of “Building Bridges of Faith” in Fairfield County and the Diocese of Bridgeport. He was appointed Bishop of Bridgeport by His Holiness Pope Francis. Bishop Caggiano comes to Bridgeport from Brooklyn, where he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn and Titular Bishop of Inis Cathaig by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006.
Bishop Caggiano is an outstanding teacher, as is evidenced by the Holy See selecting him twice to offer catechesis to the young people at World Youth Days, in Madrid 2011 and just recently in Rio de Janeiro. Following World Youth Day, he travelled to Ireland where he had been selected by the Catholic Bishops to help lead the “Youth 2000” Summer Retreat.
The annual lecture honors the award-winning author Fr. Christopher Mooney, a former Fairfield University academic vice president who died in 1993. He was the author of eight books, including “Teilhard de Chardin and the Mystery of Christ,” which won the National Catholic Book Award.
The director of the Center for Catholic Studies is Paul Lakeland, Ph.D., the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Chair in Catholic Studies. For more information about the Center and the event, call (203) 254-4000, ext. 3415, or visit fairfield.edu/catholicstudies.