March 30th, 2020
Recently, the Thomas Merton Center was visited by Frank Reccia of Channel 12 News. Channel 12 News featured The Thomas Merton Center and their efforts to help those in need during the COVID-19 crisis. You can watch the news clip in its entirety here.
Loaves & Fishes: How to make your Lenten offering
March 24th, 2020
These are unsettling times. Life has changed in an instant and in order to protect ourselves and those around us we have had to give up things that are important to our weekly lives. This includes going to church. During the Lenten season, our churches are usually packed with regular attendees who are accustomed to making their Lenten offerings to Loaves and Fishes. Many have been inquiring how they can do that with masses being cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.
There are two ways you can make your annual Lenten offering through Loaves and Fishes:
- MAIL A CHECK made payable to Catholic Charities to Catholic Charities of Fairfield County ATT: Loaves and Fishes 238 Jewett Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06606. Please trust that even though the Catholic Center is closed, our mail is being attended to and checks are being processed on a regular basis.
- MAKE AN ONLINE DONATION here. Loaves and Fishes offerings have been processed online for several years. Simply choose Loaves and Fishes from the drop down menu.
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March 22nd, 2020
University of Bridgeport President to Headline Thomas Merton Breakfast
March 4th, 2020
Bridgeport, CT: On Thursday May 14th, The Thomas Merton Center will hold its 26th Annual Celebrity Breakfast at The Holiday Inn in Bridgeport from 7:30 to 9 am. The Celebrity Breakfast will feature guest speaker Laura Skandera Trombley, PhD, the current President of the University of Bridgeport.
Laura Skander Trombley, PhD is the tenth President of the University of Bridgeport. Trombley is president emerita of Pitzer College and The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Previously, she served as vice president for academic affairs at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In speaking of the Universityof Bridgeport, Trombley stated she was drawn to the school by “the mission of this vital university, its long commitment to the city of Bridgeport, and the crucial role that it plays in higher education in New England. I am deeply impressed with the breadth and depth of the curriculum and the excellence of their professional and graduate programs. I am passionate about education, students and the University of Bridgeport.” In 2013, President Barack Obama appointed Trombley to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, calling her “intelligence, warmth, and dedication to international education . . . a vital addition.” In 2017, she was appointed Chair of the 12-member body.
Full details on how to become an event sponsor for the Celebrity Breakfast, as well as registration for individual tickets and tables can be found at https://event.gives/2020tmcbreakfast. As a sponsor, companies receive exposure through digital materials, social media, on-site recognition and more! There is a variety of sponsorship opportunities with levels ranging from $1,500 to over $10,000. Sponsorship opportunities, tickets and tables are available for purchase now.
The Thomas Merton Center is a program of Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, Inc. located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The Thomas Merton Center is committed to providing a loving, safe and hope-filled community atmosphere that responds to the needs of its guests and residents and respects the dignity of each person. The program was founded in 1974 by a group of concerned individuals who saw a need for services to the economically disadvantaged people in the city of Bridgeport. As the times have changed and the needs of the people served have changed the program developed programs that address issues such as housing, nutritional needs, healthcare needs, parenting issues and youth at risk.
The Thomas Merton Center soup kitchen serves 90,000 meals a year to 7,850 individuals. The Eat Smart Marketplace Food Pantry serves 575 families each month – 6,900 annually. Pantry clients receive 10 days of groceries each month, including 3 meals per day. The total meals distributed in the pantry is approximately 60,375 per month or a total of about 724,500 per year. Excess food from the pantry is provided to two senior centers in Bridgeport on a weekly basis. Volunteer support helps to keep the average cost of meals as low as $1.12 per meal.
To learn more about the services provided by The Thomas Merton Center visit their webpage at https://www.themertoncenter.org/.
New Covenant Center Announces 16th Annual Breakfast
March 4th, 2020
Stamford, CT: On Friday, May 8th, New Covenant Center will hold its 16th Annual Celebrity Breakfast at The Italian Center in Stamford from 7 to 9 am. The Celebrity Breakfast will feature guest speakers Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport and Rabbi Jay TelRav of Temple Sinai in Stamford. The event is being co-chaired by New Covenant Center Advisory Board Member Nils Dahl of Southport and Sarita Hanley of Stamford.
The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano was installed as Fifth Bishop of Bridgeport on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull, CT. Bishop Caggiano came to Bridgeport from the Diocese of Brooklyn, where on June 6, 2006, he was named Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn and Titular Bishop of Inis Cathaig by Pope Benedict XVI. He presently serves on four committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB): Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis; Subcommittee on the Catechism; Orthodox Union Catholic Dialogue; Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.
Rabbi Jay TelRav is a native of Michigan. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1998 before studying at Hebrew Union College and the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi TelRav has spent years developing a rabbinate based on sacred relationship and brings the same focus and approach to Temple Sinai. He has created meaningful relationships with other congregations in the area and has been a vocal partner in the Interfaith Clergy Alliance of Stamford and is currently serving as president of the Stamford Board of Rabbis. He lives in Stamford with his wife, Julie, and two children, Amitai and Nili.
Full details on how to become an event sponsor for the Celebrity Breakfast, as well as registration for tickets and tables can be found at www.event.gives/2020nccbreakfast. As a sponsor, companies receive exposure through digital materials, social media, on-site recognition and more! There is a variety of sponsorship opportunities with levels ranging from $2,000 to over $10,000. Sponsorship opportunities, tickets and tables are available for purchase now.
The mission of New Covenant Center is to provide a nutritious meal to all those who are hungry. This is accomplished from their 8,000 sq. ft. facility located at 174 Richmond Hill in Stamford. The facility includes an efficient and modern kitchen, a welcoming dining area, expanded food storage area and refrigeration, a spacious food pantry area and additional space for other services. Stamford’s one and only soup kitchen serves over 600,000 each year, providing meals twice a day, 365 days a year in its Café. An additional 100,000 meals are served from the Food Pantry, providing disadvantaged families with groceries, meat, vegetables and produce.
Founded 41 years ago, New Covenant Center is an inter-faith project of Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, serving the homeless, elderly, disabled, working poor, and children. No one is turned away. There are no requirements to enter the New Covenant Center doors, except a mutual exchange of respect and dignity.
To learn more about the services provided by New Covenant Center visit their webpage at https://www.newcovenantcenter.org/.