Father Reginald Delanie Norman
Reginald was born on September 3, 1966 (Feast Day of Pope Gregory the Great, Doctor of the Church) in Durham, North Carolina.
family relocated to Connecticut while he
was a baby and lived in Norwalk for a while and then settled in Stratford, CT.
Reggie attended public schools and was elected the First Black Student Council President of Stratford High School where he graduated with honors.
Reggie then attended the University of Connecticut in Storrs where he was involved in various student organizations including the Student Union Board of Governors and served as President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon National Fraternity.
He graduated in 1988 with a B.A. in Communication Sciences.
Reggie's first professional job was as a Production Inventory Control Specialist at Miles Pharmaceuticals
then pursued a career as an editor and ultimately a Senior Business Development Manager at Comtex Scientific
, a UPI Company
Upon the company's closing Reggie
moved to Pitney Bowes
as an Area Sales Representative and then moved to MicroWarehouse as a salesman in the Fortune 500 division.
He was promoted to Sr. Sales Manager of the Government Division.
then pursued a sales career at Oxygen Electronics
as an International Sales Representative and Obsolete Component Specialist.
next career move was as a Regional Sales Manager for Transcentive, Inc.
sold custom software to Corporate Secretaries.
A return to the computer industry led him to Solutions4Sure, Inc.
, an Office Depot Company
, where he
started, managed and developed the Government Sales Division with sales in excess of $30 million.
He then went to work for Ener-G Tech, Inc., a small home improvement consulting company with a focus on kitchen design and fireplace conversions.
He left the business world upon Ordination and was appointed the full time Administrator at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish in Bridgeport, CT.
Reggie converted to Catholicism in 1990 at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Stratford where he served as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Acolyte, Junior High Catechist, Parish Council, Strategic Planning Committee and Building Renovations Committee.
has volunteered with various community organizations including Stratford Emergency Services
for 15 years as an EMT-I, the Red Cross, YMCA, Literacy Volunteers, Sterling House Community Center and MADD
He is currently working as a Mentor at the local high school and has served for 18 years as the treasurer of the Stratford South End Community Center.
has received various community awards including the D.A.R. Good Citizens Award, Congressman Medal of Honor and various service awards throughout the community.
Currently Reggie is the Director of the African American Apostolate of Catholics for the Diocese of Bridgeport and was recently ordained a Priest for the Diocese of Bridgeport on May 16, 2009.
Fr. Norman is the Administrator of The Church of the Blessed Sacrament.
He also serves on the Diocese Presbyteral Council and the Pastor Advisory Committee (PAC).
In 2011, Fr. Norman was appointed a Police Commissioner for the City of Bridgeport.
He also serves on the Executive Committee, Strategy Committee and chairs the Communications Committee of CONECT (Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut) which is an ecumenical group of 30 congregations devoted to make a change in CT.
is an avid reader, makes rosaries and loves sports.
lectures frequently on a variety of topics such as Men's Spirituality
, Black Genocide
in a Culture of Jesus and various Family dynamics topics.
He serves on the board of various non-profit organizations and loves working with children to affirm the special gifts they bring to the table.