About the Center

The Cardinal Shehan Center is a non-profit organization located in Bridgeport, CT. Since 1962, 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

Our mission is enriching lives through learning. This is accomplished by offering an After School & Saturday Youth Development Program, Summer Day Camp, various basketball 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.

Office Hours

Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Program Hours

Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Registration Hours

Monday – Friday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Our History

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.

Board of Directors

Most Rev. Frank Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport

Deacon Patrick Toole, Chancellor

John Malfettone, President

Richard C. Buturla, Vice President

Christopher Goodman, Treasurer

Susan Vanech, Secretary

Tremane Bartley, Teasha Bivins, Christina Bodine, Ryan Boland, Fred Bucher, Wayne Fortin, Joseph L. Furnari Jr., Eric Hendlin, Joseph M. Juliano, Duane Lovello, Adam Maiocco, Willie McBride, Suzanne Nardi, Joshua Pedreira, Danny Rainho, Ed Santa, George Sims, Rayah Smith, James Umelo, Michael Zollo

Special Holiday & Event Schedule

The Center will be closed on the following days in 2022:

Independence Day – Monday, July 4, 2022

Labor Day – Monday, September 5, 2022

Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 24 to Friday, November 25, 2022

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day – Saturday, December 24, to Monday, December 26, 2022

New Year’s Holiday – December 31, 2022 to January 2, 2023

Good Friday – April 7, 2023

Easter – April 14 to April 16, 2023

Sundays – Open for League play only

Support the Center

The Center serves 4,500 youth annually. It is through your support that we provide educational and recreational programs to further enrich the lives of children.