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Bridgeport Bishop To Deliver Fairfield's Holocaust Commemoration Address

Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau and Fairfield Police Captain Joshua Zabin, a Holocaust Commemoration Committee member.
Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau and Fairfield Police Captain Joshua Zabin, a Holocaust Commemoration Committee member. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Town of Fairfield Holocaust Commemoration Committee will feature the Bishop Frank Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport as the featured speaker at this year’s 33rd Holocaust Commemoration on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at First Church Congregational in Fairfield.

Caggiano, originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., was ordained to the priesthood in May 1987, and was installed as Bishop of the Bridgeport Diocese in September 2013, after having served in the Diocese of Brooklyn. Among his many areas of focus is the need to build bridges to Catholic youth. Caggiano will speak on the subject, “We Must Never Forget.”

The Holocaust Commemoration Committee is an official committee of the Town of Fairfield and consists of more than 30 members of the community. The diversity represented by the members of the committee is reflected in its co-chairs, Joshua Zabin, a captain in the Fairfield Police Department, and Father Charles Allen, University Chaplain and special assistant to the president at Fairfield University, a Jesuit college.

In addition to Caggiano’s address, it will feature the Chamber Singers of the Fairfield County Children’s Choir and the Chamber Orchestra from Fairfield Warde High School. Survivors of the Holocaust and children of survivors will take part in a candle-lighting ceremony to honor the memories of the millions of Jews and non-Jews who died at the hands of the Nazi regime during the Holocaust.

The Fairfield event has become the largest commemoration of the Holocaust in the area, attracting not only citizens of Fairfield, but also residents from all of the nearby communities.

A reception and refreshments will follow the conclusion of the commemoration service. There is no charge and the public is encouraged to attend.

First Church Congregational is located at 148 Beach Road in Fairfield.

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