Msgr. Dariusz Zielonka named Synod director


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BRIDGEPORT—Msgr. Dariusz J. Zielonka, J.C.D., has been named Director of the 2014 Diocesan Synod by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.

The diocesan conclave, now in its preparatory phase, will be officially launched on Saturday, May 3, with a Vespers Service to pray for the success of the Synod at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport.

The bishop first announced the Synod in January 2014, “so that all God’s people in Fairfield County can seek the Lord’s grace to foster the long-term spiritual and pastoral renewal of our Diocese.”

The opening session of the Synod and all of its delegates is set for Friday, September 19, 2014, while the closing session is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2015.

“Msgr. Dariusz brings a deep faith, the skills of a canon lawyer and liturgist, and the experience of having serving as Priest Secretary to the Bishop to this important post as Synod director,” said Bishop Caggiano.

“His organizational skills, interest in new media and knowledge of the diocese will help to orchestrate the Synod, which will gather the diocesan family to work together to meet the challenges we face in our own time,” the bishop said.

In the coming months, Msgr. Dariusz will coordinate establishment of the Synod Commission and the development of a consultation period regarding pastoral topics to be addressed.

His role as Synod director is to assist the Synod with the coordination of all activities, communications, including the transmission and archiving of documentation, and direction of logistical matters.

The Synod is expected to involve the participation of hundreds of Catholics throughout the diocese as delegates and sub-committee members to chart the future of the diocese. The bishop has said that the Synod will draw “leaders on every level of the Church’s life to work together in a true spirit of dialogue and collaboration. Clergy, religious and laity must discern together the pressing issues that we face through prayer and study, seek to understand what each of these challenges mean, identify creative ways by which we can address them and seek the courage to do what the Lord will ask of us.”

Msgr. Dariusz, served as priest secretary to Bishop William E. Lori and vice chancellor of the diocese from 2002 to 2009. In 2008, he was named Chaplain to His Holiness with the title of Monsignor, receiving Papal Honors from Pope Benedict XVI.

In March 2013, he was appointed to the Diocesan Tribunal after completing his graduate studies at Catholic University of America, where he earned a doctorate in canon law.

Msgr. Dariusz, 45, was born in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland. He entered the archdiocesan seminary in Lódz, Poland, and completed his theological studies at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA.

He was ordained in St. Augustine Cathedral in 1995. Msgr. Dariusz served as parochial vicar at St. James Parish in Stratford and St. Aloysius Parish in New Canaan prior to becoming priest secretary. He is also a member of the Diocesan College of Consultors.

In addition to reports in Fairfield County Catholic, Synod documents will be available online at

(For further information on The Fourth Diocesan Synod, contact: 203.416.1631 or email: [email protected].)