Respecting the dignity and diversity of each person through support and service

Our Mission

Rooted in Gospel values that affirm the dignity of every person, Saint Catherine Center for Special Needs provides unified pastoral and educational support for individuals with disabilities, and serves as a centralized resource for the Diocesan community.

Through direct service at Saint Catherine Academy or our Adult Day Program, and support in the Parishes or Catholic Schools for faith formation, The Center strives to foster the educational, spiritual and social well-being of people with disabilities.

Our Core Values

We respect the dignity and diversity of each person.

We serve people of all races, ethnicities, faiths, and economic backgrounds.

We focus on the total well-being of each person we serve.

We create a supportive and welcoming atmosphere, where each person feels a sense of belonging.

We celebrate the abilities and successes of each person.

We seek to build interpersonal relationships in a nurturing community.

We bring hope and joy to our students, clients, families, staff, and community partners.

What’s Happening…


04may6:00 pm8:00 pmDinner Dance - Cinque de Mayocall 203-540-5381 for more information6:00 pm - 8:00 pm St. PiusX Parish Community Room, Brookside Drive, Fairfield

07may6:00 pm9:00 pmBoard of Directors Meeting6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

28mayalldayMemorial DayCenter Closed(All Day: monday)


10jun5:00 pm10:00 pmJoy and Gratitude Annual Dinner5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road

12jun11:00 pm1:00 pmSaint Catherine Academy GraduationMass followed by Reception11:00 pm - 1:00 pm Holy Cross Church, 750 Tahmore Drive

25junalldayAcademy Extended School Year begins(All Day: monday)

In the News…

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Spring was definitely in the air for our “Cinco de Mayo” dinner dance Friday, May 4, at St. Pius Church in Fairfield. Our guests came from all over the Diocese for the popular event, which offers adults with special needs a fun, free evening together “out on the town”—dinner, socializing, and dancing included.

“I get to be with my friends tonight and I love it,” said Patrick, a participant in the Center’s adult day program.

The lovely paper flower centerpieces, created by Saint Catherine Academy students, were enjoyed by all. Once again, we thank our gracious group of teen volunteers from St. Andrews in Bridgeport for being our servers, and our outstanding DJ, Herb Ramirez.

Hosted three times a year by the Center, the Dinner Dance attracts more than 100 guests and is a much-anticipated event. If you would like to volunteer or help underwrite costs, please contact us at 203-540-5381, or


An Evening of Joy and Gratitude

Support The Center while enjoying a lovely evening with friends!
~ Please join us on June 10th ~


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