The auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, the Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, will be installed as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport on Sept. 19. The Bridgeport diocese encompasses all of the Catholic parishes in Fairfield County.
The installation Mass will take place in St. Theresa Church, 5301 Main St. in Trumbull.
The liturgical procession into the church will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the installation Mass at 2 p.m. Invitations have been mailed to people throughout the diocese, and those who accepted will receive tickets. Seating will be limited to ticket holders.
St. Theresa Church was selected as the site of the installation Mass because it accommodates more than 1,200 people, making it one of the largest churches in the diocese. Cardinals, archbishops and bishops across the country are expected to attend the installation service, along with Caggiano's family and friends from Brooklyn, among other guests.
A reception and greeting line will be held immediately following the installation Mass at the Family Center of St. Catherine of Sienna Parish in Trumbull.
Caggiano will be welcomed into the Diocese of Bridgeport at a vespers prayer service at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at St. Augustine Cathedral in downtown Bridgeport. The prayer service will be the first opportunity for diocesan priests and laity to pray with their new bishop.
The vespers service will begin when Caggiano knocks on the large wooden doors of the cathedral. The word cathedral comes from the Latin word cathedra, which means chair.
Traditionally, the service welcoming the bishop includes clergy, religious and laity joining in prayer and song and reciting the psalms that are at the heart of the Liturgy of the Hours. The service will also include gospel readings and a homily.
A reception will follow vespers at Kolbe Cathedral High School on the St. Augustine Cathedral campus.
The installation Mass and the vespers prayer service will be streamed live on the Diocese of Bridgeport's website: www.bridgeportdiocese.com