Welcome to The Institute for Catholic Formation

The Institute for Catholic Formation serves as the headquarters for formation for all those who serve in ministry in our families, parishes, and schools.

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Discover the many ways the Institute for Catholic Formation can help you learn, grow, and share your faith. Choose from one of our featured links or just browse the site to enter the journey from encounter to discipleship.

Becoming Catholic

Catechist Formation

Funeral Norms and Resources

Learning More About My Faith

Getting Married

Raising faith-filled children

Serving as a Reader or EMHC

Upcoming Events

Year of Renewal (Ambassadors)

Young Adult Events and Resources

Synod on Synodality


A person is said to be fully initiated in the Catholic Church when s/he has received the three sacraments of Christian initiation, Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. This is achieved through a process of preparation called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.

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We are grateful to all our catechists and want to offer them support, resources, and formation. To make sure the young people and adults in our communities are served by those who are well-formed, all those who serve their parishes as catechists are required to enter into ongoing formation.


From the beginning of the Church, Christian funeral rites and burial have been an important spiritual and pastoral practice. These resources are designed to introduce you to the revised funeral norms for the Diocese of Bridgeport, help a family plan a funeral, and discover related resources.

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From daily readings to special reflections and from seasonal resources to timeless opportunities - discover a library of resources designed to assist you in your journey from encounter to discipleship.

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Because Christian marriage is a sacrament, the Catholic Church wants couples to be well-prepared. In the Diocese of Bridgeport, some parishes offer their own formation. Others depend on the diocese. The diocesan marriage formation program offers preparation to help couples develop a better understanding of the sacrament; to evaluate and deepen their readiness to live a married life, and to gain insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple.


Updated resources for Natural Family Planning are now available online. Read about the recommended methods and where you can find more information.


To help children to grow in their faith, we need to start earlier than ever – and since many millennials have drifted away from their own faith – it will take all of us to make a difference in the lives of young people today.

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Liturgical ministry is an excellent opportunity to fulfill your baptismal call of service to one another. An engaging liturgical celebration utilize the talents and gifts that God has given this community to the fullest extent. Whether participation is through “behind the scenes” preparation and planning or through a public role of service within the Mass, such as reader or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMHC), your participation brings life to our celebrations.

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Find all the great events and learning opportunities offered by the Institute for parish leaders, clergy, parents, and liturgical ministers. Sort by category, save the events to your calendars, sign up for our newsletter, and view previous webinars - all in one convenient place.

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Bishop Frank Caggiano invites any practicing Catholic, age 18 or older, to prayerfully consider serving as an Ambassador for Christ in our Diocese.

If you feel called and wish to join the Ambassador Ministry, a new cohort will be forming in January 2022.

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Young adults are persons in their late teens, twenties, and thirties who represent diverse cultural, racial, ethnic, educational, vocational, social, political, and spiritual backgrounds. They are college students, workers, and professionals; they are persons in military service; they are single, married, divorced, or widowed; they are with or without children; they are newcomers in search of a better life.

On this page, we offer links to upcoming events, suggestions for your own formation, and more.

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Pope Francis has called upon the Church to rejuvenate her synodal roots. He has opened a two-year synodal process which he hopes will reframe and renew our common journey forward. First and foremost, the Synod is a call to pray, listen, and discern together what the Holy Spirit is saying to the Church today - all for the sake of the Church’s evangelizing mission.

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Today's Challenge

Check back each day for a new challenge for you and your family during Lent 2022

Lent Poster 2022

The Institute Presents

Conversations on Race

Hosted in 2020, but still relevant today, take a look at these great webinars and the resources we keep updated as we work together to end the sin of racism.

Fratelli Tutti

Pope Francis asks for recognition of the dignity of each person, in order to build a more just world. In his third encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti,” meaning “Brothers and Sisters All,” the pope compiles and categorizes the main proposals of the social discourses of his pontificate.

Laudato Si

After five years, what has your family or parish done to implement the Holy Father's challenge to care for creation? Learn more at our Laudato Si page.

True Love That Lasts

What if you could grow the enjoyment and love between you and your spouse by asking one simple question each day? Join the True Love That Lasts Movement and enjoy its benefits - each and every day.

New General Directory

The new Directory for Catechesis presents fundamental theological-pastoral principles for the ministry of catechesis while responding to current social conditions and cultural forces that shape the church’s communication of the Faith. Check out some great resources and plan to join us for our webinar series.

Preparing for Mass

As you prepare for your own ministry, you must also prepare your heart and mind for the celebration of Mass each week. To help, we have collated some great resources, videos, and articles so you can grow in your own faith before sharing what you have with others.

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May 28
Clase de preparación para el matrimonio: 28 de mayo de 2022
Nuestra clase de un día de preparación al matrimonio es un día completo de formación, de diálogo entre la pareja y de reflexión. El contenido presentado en el programa revelado… Read More
May 31
Parish Leader Check In #40
Every two weeks, all parish ministry leaders are invited to a virtual check-in. Topics for discussion include diocesan norms, policies, upcoming events, planning together, and more. Oftentimes, there is a… Read More
Jun 08
Documents That (Still) Matter #11
About The Document We will be reading Pope Benedict's Caritas in veritate, translated means Charity in Truth. It is about all contemporary forms of human development in charity and truth as well… Read More
Jun 09
Faith Formation Leaders Quarterly Meeting 6/9, 2022
In addition to our bi-weekly virtual calls, all faith formation leaders are invited to join in person for prayer, food, and conversation. There is no business at these meetings –… Read More
Jun 14
Parish Leader Check In #41
Every two weeks, all parish ministry leaders are invited to a virtual check-in. Topics for discussion include diocesan norms, policies, upcoming events, planning together, and more. Oftentimes, there is a… Read More
Jun 15
Clergy Check-In #10
This year, we want to offer a chance for clergy to join in a virtual opportunity to touch base with Institute staff to ask questions, make suggestions, or get help… Read More
Jun 23
Faith Formation Leaders Quarterly Meeting 6/23, 2022
Wine Down for the Year In addition to our bi-weekly virtual calls, all faith formation leaders are invited to join in person for prayer, food, and conversation. There is no… Read More
Sep 12 - 22
Oberammergau 2022
September 12, 2022 - September 22, 2022 Please note that there are only 15 spaces left for this event. If you are interested, please send your deposit and registration form… Read More