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), appointed Archbishop of Baltimore
  5. Russell Joseph McVinney (1948–1971)
  6. Louis Edward Gelineau (1972–1997)
  7. Robert Edward Mulvee (1997–2005)
  8. Thomas Joseph Tobin (2005–present)

Coadjutor Bishops[edit]

Auxiliary Bishops[edit]

Other Affiliated Bishops[edit]

Diocesan 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

Former schools:

  • St. Joseph of Cluny School was formerly located in Newport, on property given by the estate of Arthur Curtiss James to the diocese in 1941. Military families from Fort Adams requested a Catholic school; Cluny opened in September 1957 as a kindergarten and added grades until 1965, when the first eighth grade graduation was held.[9] Since the period, the overall population of Newport declined and the concentration of the middle class declined; much of the housing became too expensive for families with young children, and there were relatively few houses being sold in Newport to new residents. In addition many families previously going to Cluny instead sent their children to the Portsmouth School Department.[10] From circa 2014 to 2017 the enrollment decreased by one fourth; the school administration stated that this decline and the general competition among private schools in the Newport area caused the operation of the school to be no longer viable. It closed in 2017.[11] Betsy Sherman Walker of Newport This Week described the closure as a "curveball" unexpected by the community.[10]

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.[12]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Catholic Marriage, Diocese of Providence
  2. ^ Catholic School Office
  3. ^ Catholic Youth Ministry
  4. ^ Office of Catholic Cemeteries
  5. ^ Office of Ongoing Formation for Priests
  6. ^ Office of Religious Education
  7. ^ Office of Stewardship and Development
  8. ^ Office of Vocations
  9. ^ Belmore, Ryan (2017-03-01). "Cluny School to Close After 60 Years (Updated)". What's Up Newp. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  10. ^ a b Walker, Betsy Sherman (2017-03-09). "Navigating the Curveball of Cluny School Closing". Newport This Week. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  11. ^ Glavin, Kirsten (2017-03-02). "Newport elementary school to close at end of academic year". ABC 6. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  12. ^ "Rhode Island Catholic". Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence. Retrieved January 2, 2015.

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