About The Center

The Cardinal Shehan Center is a non-profit organization located in Bridgeport, CT. For 50 years the Center has served the recreational, educational, and social needs of moderate and low-income families and young people of lower Fairfield County, particularly inner city Bridgeport. Our mission is enriching lives through learning. This is accomplished by offering an After School & Saturday Youth Development Program, Summer Day Camp, various basketball and softball leagues, Sign-Up Programs, Physical Education classes to grammar schools, and alternative education programs. The Center commits itself to offering a clean, safe environment where positive, growth-enhancing opportunities are offered regardless of race or religious affiliation.


In 1883, a building was erected to serve as an armory and hosted Civil War veterans in its earliest years. After World War II, the Bridgeport Brass Company purchased this building and renovated it into a recreational facility. In 1961, the Diocese of Bridgeport received this building as a donation and the Cardinal Shehan Center opened one year later. With an indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, fitness center, game room, arts & crafts room, member's lounge, dark room, computer lab, library and outdoor facilities, the Center is an outstanding community resource.

Special Holiday & Event Schedule

The Center will be closed on the following days in 2013-2014:

Good Friday
Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter Weekend
Saturday, March 30, 2013 and March 31, 2013

Men's Golf Classic
Monday, May 06, 2013

Memorial Day
Monday, May 27, 2013

Independence Day
Thursday, July 4, 2013

Saturday, August 11, 2013 through Sunday, September 09, 2013

Labor Day
Monday, September 2, 2013

Women's Golf Classic
Monday, September 16, 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013 and Friday, November 29, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 and Wednesday, December 25, 2013

New Year's Holiday
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 and Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Open for League play only

Office Hours
Monday - Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Program Hours
Monday - Friday 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
some Saturdays until 9:00 PM

Registration Hours
Monday - Friday 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

“The Cardinal Shehan Center is a safe and supportive environment where there is always a listening ear, a helpful hand and an open heart ready to be whatever a child needs. It’s a place where a kid can let loose and be a kid.”

Katie Conway, Jesuit Volunteer 2010-2011

Support the Center

The Center serves 4,000 youth annually. It is through your support that we provide educational and recreational programs to further enrich the lives of children.