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 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.


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 2021

Independence Day
Monday, July 5, 2021

Labor Day
Monday, September 6, 2021

Thursday, November 25 to Friday, November 26, 2021

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
Friday, December 24, to Saturday, December 25, 2021

New Year's Holiday
December 31, 2021 to January 1, 2022

Open for League play only

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 1:00 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.”


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.