Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence

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Diocese of Providence
Dioecesis Providentiensis
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence.svg
Country United States
Territory State of Rhode Island
Ecclesiastical province Archdiocese of Hartford
Metropolitan Providence, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°49′11″N 71°25′00″W / 41.8197°N 71.4168°W / 41.8197; -71.4168Coordinates: 41°49′11″N 71°25′00″W / 41.8197°N 71.4168°W / 41.8197; -71.4168
- Catholics

679,000 (67.5%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established February 17, 1872
Cathedral Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul
Patron saint SS. Peter and Paul
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Thomas J. Tobin
Metropolitan Archbishop Leonard Paul Blair
Archbishop of Hartford
Auxiliary Bishops Robert C. Evans
Diocese of Providence map.png
Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, the mother church of the Diocese of Providence

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence (Latin: Dioecesis Providentiensis) is a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. The diocese was erected by Pope Pius IX on February 17, 1872 and originally comprised the entire state of Rhode Island and the counties of Bristol, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket in the state of Massachusetts. On March 12, 1904, those four counties were separated from the Diocese of Providence to form the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts, leaving the Diocese of Providence with just the state of Rhode Island.

The diocese is suffragan to the Archdiocese of Hartford and a part of the ecclesiastical province that includes that archdiocese and the suffragan dioceses of Bridgeport and Norwich. The Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in Providence is the mother church of the diocese of Providence. The Most Reverend Thomas Joseph Tobin, former Bishop of Youngstown, Ohio, is the eighth, and current, Bishop of Providence.


The lists of associated bishops and their tenures of service as bishops in this diocese:

Bishops of Providence[edit]

  1. Thomas F. Hendricken (1872 - 1886)
  2. Matthew Harkins (1887 - 1921)
  3. William A. Hickey (1921 - 1933)
  4. Francis Patrick Keough (1934 - 1947)
  5. Russell Joseph McVinney (1948 - 1971)
  6. Louis Edward Gelineau (1972 - 1997)
  7. Robert Edward Mulvee (1997 - 2005) (was coadjutor, 1995 - 1997)
  8. Thomas Joseph Tobin (2005–present)

Auxiliary Bishops[edit]

  1. Thomas Francis Doran (1915-1916)
  2. Denis Matthew Lowney (1917-1918)
  3. Thomas Francis Maloney (1960-1962)
  4. Bernard Matthew Kelly (1964-1971)
  5. Kenneth Anthony Angell (1974-1992)
  6. Robert Joseph McManus (1999-2004)
  7. Robert C. Evans (2009–present)

Other affiliated Bishops[edit]

  1. Francis Xavier Roque, appointed auxiliary bishop of the Military Services in 1983

Diocese offices[edit]

The following is a list of some of the offices of the diocese.

  • Catholic Marriage, Diocese of Providence[1]
  • Catholic School Office[2]
  • Catholic Youth Ministry[3]
  • Office of Catholic Cemeteries[4]
  • Office of Ongoing Formation for Priests[5]
  • Office of Religious Education[6]
  • Office of Stewardship and Development[7]
  • Office of Vocations[8]


High schools

List of churches[edit]


Established in 1875, the Rhode Island Catholic is the official newspaper of the Diocese of Providence. It is published weekly with 48 issues per year.[9]


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