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

Thomas J. Tobin

Bishop of Providence
Metropolitan Archbishop Leonard Paul Blair
Archbishop of Hartford
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 bishops, auxiliary and affiliated bishops and their tenures of service:


  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)
  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)

Affiliated Bishops[edit]

  1. Francis Xavier Roque

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]


Arms of Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence.svg
Arms was designed and adopted when the diocese was erected
The arms of the diocese are composed of three silver (white) moline crosses on a blue field.
The arms of the diocese are composed of a blue field on which are placed three silver (white) crosses with arms that appear to terminate in anchors. These crosses, heraldically known as “moline crosses,” are used to signify, by employing the symbol of the State of Rhode Island, the anchor, that the Diocese of Providence encompasses all of the state it was established to serve. The crosses, in the number that signifies The Trinity, are rendered in the traditional colors of water (blue and silver (white)) because of the importance that water plays in the life of “The Ocean State.” These colors are also the traditional colors for the representation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who, in her title of Our Lady of Providence, is Patroness of the Diocese and of the See City.

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