Partnerships with the Diocese of Bridgeport

Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Annual Communion Breakfast

Sacred Heart University hosts the Annual Communion Breakfast for Fairfield County Educators. Last year’s breakfast featured a special presentation on Catholic Social Teaching: A Component of the New Evangelization by the Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl, S.T.D., the Archbishop of Washington, DC. The breakfast is designed for educators from Pre-K through 12 and in higher education and it offers practical information and networking opportunities for those who attend. It is sponsored by Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) of Fairfield County, SHU’s Isabelle Farrington College of Education, and the Office of Mission and Catholic Identity.

Diocese of Bridgeport Education Days and Catechetical Congress University hosts Catholic school educators from diocesan K-12 schools for their annual education days and their Catechetical Congress. Educators from across the diocese gather with Bishop William Lori to celebrate Mass and Catholic education. Nationally recognized speakers on topics such as data-driven decision-making and differentiated instruction, as well as vendors from numerous educational resources are invited to participate. The Office of Mission and Catholic Identity coordinates programming and logistics with the Diocesan Schools Office.

Annual Vocation Days Retreat

The Office of Mission and Catholic Identity hosts the annual Vocation Days Retreat for the Diocese of Bridgeport. The retreat is coordinated by the Diocesan Vocations Office and Center for Youth Ministry and is open to high-school-aged young men and women who are considering a vocation to priesthood and religious life.


Convivio is an annual High School Congress that has been held internationally for more than 30 years. The Congress in the United States is hosted by Sacred Heart University’s Office of Mission and Catholic Identity in conjunction with the Diocese of Bridgeport Office for Youth Ministry. It is a weekend event where students from grades 9 through 12 come together to reflect upon contemporary society, to share their experiences, thoughts and interests and to propose explanations and answers to the problems and challenges that we experience in today’s world. It is an opportunity for youth to have a profound encounter with themselves, with others and with the Lord Jesus. The hope is that from this authentic encounter, they can give deep and meaningful answers to all those in the world who need their help.