Catholic Academy Luncheon finds “Common Ground

Catholic Academy Luncheon finds “Common Ground
Posted on 02/09/2017
Catholic Academy Luncheon finds “Common Ground

The Catholic Academy of Bridgeport held a luncheon at the home of Bishop Frank Caggiano for members of The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport (CCGB) on January 25, in an effort to share information about the Academy.


"In addition to providing information, the luncheon was an opportunity to celebrate the common ground between the Council of Churches and the Catholic Academy as we work to form  students of religious faith, tolerance and conscience," said Sister Joan Magnetti, rscj, Executive Director of the Academy.
The Catholic Academy of Bridgeport is one school on four campuses: St. Andrew, St. Ann, St. Augustine and St. Raphael, all located within the city of Bridgeport.
Many of the members of the Council of Churches who attended, including CCGB President and CEO Rev. Cass Shaw, were surprised to learn that 40% of Academy students are non-Catholic, 80% are near or below poverty, and 89% are non-Caucasian.
Alumni of the Academy were on hand to give firsthand testimony how attending the school was life changing for them, and principals shared examples of how Gospel values were an underlying current running throughout each student experience.    
As he was leaving the luncheon, Rev. Georgios Livaditis of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Bridgeport, said he was inspired by the meeting and already had four families from his parish in mind who could benefit by attending the Catholic Academy.
The CCGB is a faith-based, non-sectarian social services agency dedicated to meeting the needs of people at risk and breaking the cycle of poverty and crisis in the Greater Bridgeport area, committed to educating children, feeding the hungry, supporting youth in crisis, guiding former offenders and building bridges of understanding between all faiths.