National Chaplain

10041034525_09435a82a1_z Bishop Frank J. Caggiano Biography

On June 6, 2006, the Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn and Titular Bishop of Inis Cathaig by Pope Benedict XVI. He received his episcopal consecration on the following August 22 from Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, with Bishops Thomas Daily and Ignatius Catanello serving as co-consecrators.

He was born in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn on Easter Sunday March 29, 1959, the second of two children of Arnaldo and Gennarina Caggiano, both of whom came to this country in 1958 from the town of Caggiano in the province of Salerno, Italy.

He grew up in Saints Simon and Jude Church and attended the parish’s grammar school. The bishop’s education continued at Regis High School in Manhattan, conducted by the Jesuits, where he was a member of the class of 1977.

Bishop Caggiano entered Yale University in September, 1977, as a political science major. After further discernment, he transferred into Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception in January, 1978. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in June, 1981.

After graduating from Cathedral College, the bishop worked for 18 months as the sales representative for the Gregg Division of McGraw Hill Publishing Company, serving the entire New York metropolitan area.

At the end of this brief period of secular employment, the bishop began his major seminary studies at the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, New York. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1987 in the chapel of the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, Queens.

During the first three years of his priesthood, Bishop Caggiano served as a parochial vicar in the parishes of Saint Agatha, in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn, and Saint Athanasius in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. In August, 1991, Bishop Caggiano was assigned to the North American College with residence at the Casa Santa Maria to pursue advanced studies in dogmatic theology at the Gregorian University in Rome. He was granted a doctorate in Sacred Dogma in May, 1996 after successfully defending his dissertation.

Upon his return from Rome, Bishop Caggiano was assigned as parochial vicar in the Shrine Church of Saint Jude in Canarsie in June, 1996. He was also appointed the Dean of Formation for the Permanent Diaconate Program and the Censor Librorum of the Diocese. As Dean, he oversaw the spiritual and theological formation of the men who were preparing for ordination as permanent deacons for the Diocese.

In December, 1998, Bishop Caggiano was appointed the pastor of Saint Dominic’s Church in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. During his time as pastor, the bishop also taught a number of theology courses at numerous Catholic universities, including the Staten Island campus of Saint John’s University and Saint Joseph’s College.

In June, 2002, Bishop Daily appointed Bishop Caggiano as the Director of the Permanent Diaconate Office. Among his duties was to oversee the revision of the formation program for men studying to serve as deacons in light of the Directory for the Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons (1998) and related documents. A second task was to create an ongoing formation program for deacons already assigned to ministry.

He was named a Papal Chaplain by Pope John Paul II in 2003.

In 2004, he was named by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio as Vicar for Evangelization and Pastoral Life, which includes the Diaconate Formation Office, the Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission, the Liturgy Office, the Pastoral Institute, the Office of Faith Formation, the Pastoral Planning Office, the Saints Peter and Paul Spirituality Center and the San Vincente de Paul Centro de Evangelizacion.

In addition to his work in the Diocese of Brooklyn, Bishop Caggiano is an outstanding teacher, as is evidenced by the Holy See selecting him twice to offer catechesis to the young people at World Youth Days, in Madrid 2011 and just recently in Rio de Janeiro. Following World Youth Day, he travelled to Ireland where he had been selected by the Catholic Bishops to help lead the “Youth 2000” Summer Retreat.

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano was appointed Bishop of Bridgeport by His Holiness Pope Francis 
on July 31, 2013.

On Thursday September 19, 2013, the Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano was formally installed as the fifth Bishop of Bridgeport at an Installation Mass held at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull. In his homily, the Brooklyn born and raised priest spoke of “Building Bridges of Faith” in Fairfield County and the Diocese of Bridgeport.

Bishop Caggiano has written for two Catholic newspapers: seven scripture columns for The Tablet and nine articles on theological and spiritual issues for the Catholic Transcript, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Hartford. His doctoral dissertation, “The Eschatological Implications of the Notion of Recreation in the Works of St. Cyril of Alexandria,” and “The Exaltation of Christ: The Meaning of ‘At the Right Hand’ in the New Testament,” were published by Gregorian University.

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