Welcome to "The One"!

Allow me to begin by offering my sincere thanks to everyone who attended the gatherings of parish leaders that began in January and ended a few weeks ago. More than 2,300 parish leaders attended these nine meetings. I am deeply grateful for the commitment of time and travel made by those who were able to participate in what I believe is an audacious invitation by the Holy Spirit to foster a true and lasting renewal of our Church. I call it “The One” because it is the single greatest priority we will embrace as a diocesan family in the years ahead.

As I indicated in my remarks, a key objective in changing the culture of our Church is to foster ongoing communication among everyone in leadership. Such communication will be both informational and formational; that is, provide information about ongoing opportunities to encounter the Lord through truth, beauty and goodness, as well as provide materials to deepen our understanding and appreciation of what a culture of “evangelizing catechesis” really means. Such sustained communication is essential for our work to succeed.

I am pleased to send you this first message in what I hope will be a weekly correspondence emailed to all parish leaders every Monday. What accompanies this inaugural bulletin is a “white paper” that summarizes the main theological points of my presentation. In addition to English, the white paper is available in Spanish, Portuguese and Creole.

Future weeks will highlight initiatives that already exist, providing opportunities to encounter the Lord’s truth, love and mercy in ordinary and extraordinary ways. Future messages will also feature vibrant small communities of faith that already exist throughout the Diocese, as well as formational questions for your personal reflection.
Our work to rebuild a vibrant, faithful and transformative Catholic culture has begun in earnest. Please join me in prayer, through the intercession of the Mother of God, that our work will bear great fruit in the years ahead.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano
Bishop of Bridgeport

Beauty Is Who God Is

Whenever we see something that provokes a sense of awe and wonder within us, we are, in fact, gazing upon God. Our ability to discern beauty doesn’t need to serve any practical end: it’s simply because we are made in God’s image that we can discover Him in the things He has made. For this reason, the Guild of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus exists – to foster the experience of beauty in our Diocese.

The Guild seeks to showcase ‘the art of the possible’ – discerning excellence in a broad array of creative projects – all of whose aim is to inspire the Arts in our Catholic life. As such, the Guild is a key component of ‘The One’, exploring various ways to promote an encounter with Christ – and following up such encounters with a community of like-minded people.

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