The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano was installed as the fifth Bishop of Bridgeport on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull. In his installation homily, he spoke of the need to build bridges to youth, to all those who are troubled and neglected, and to Catholics who no longer participate in the life of the Church.
From his first days as leader of the Diocese, Bishop Caggiano has committed himself to engaging youth in the life of the Church. The Bishop has formed the first Diocesan Youth Choir, launched the Bishop's Scholarship Fund as a new model for funding Catholic education, and led three hundred young people to World Youth Day in Poland in 2016, making it one of the largest diocesan delegations to attend the event.
Bishop Caggiano came to Bridgeport from the Diocese of Brooklyn, where on June 6, 2006, he was named Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklynby Pope Benedict XVI. He received his episcopal consecration on the following August 22.
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 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 before beginning 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.
A noted catechist, Bishop Caggiano was invited by Pope Benedict XVI to deliver World Youth Day talks in Sydney in 2008 and Madrid in 2011, and by Pope Francis to serve as a catechist at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, 2013, and Krakow, 2016. He also preached at the Youth 2000 Summer Festival in Tipperary, Ireland. He is a member of the Sub-Committee on the Catechism of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. In November, 2013, he was appointed to a three-year term as Episcopal Advisor of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry.
Bishop Caggiano presently serves on six committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB): Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis ; Subcommittee on the Catechism ; Committee on Doctrine ; Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth; Committee on Priorities and Plans; and the Administrative Committee. He has also been the USCCB Episcopal Liason for World Youth Day since 2013, serving as the lead bishop for all WYDUSA matters in preparation for the WYD experiences in Krakow, Panama, and stateside celebrations across the United States.