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Bishop Richard G. Henning installed Father Robert H. Forcier as the pastor of St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish in Narragansett on Saturday, Oct. 28. In his homily, the bishop said that while a … more
Bishop Richard G. Henning installed Father Scott J. Carpentier as the pastor of St. Martha Church in East Providence on Sunday, Oct. 29. “When you see and respond to the love of God truly … more
Catholic Christianity has truly inherited much of its beliefs, morality and worship structure from ancient Judaism. A belief in One God, probably unique in the ancient world, is clearly a Christian … more
The armistice began at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. It marked the general end of hostilities of World War I and the beginning of peace negotiations. To this day, we … more
The Twilight Zone episode “A Nice Place to Visit” aired on April 15, 1960. In his signature style, Rod Sterling narrated the predicament of a thief named Rocky. During one of his … more
This past weekend, I spent Sunday afternoon with the State Conference of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. The conference here has been helping people in need for 170 years and counting! I am … more
DIOCESAN DEANS (VICARS FORANE) Bishop Henning has appointed the following priests as Deans (Vicars Forane) for a new three-year term which began on October 1, 2023: Very Reverend Dariusz G. Jonczyk, … more
ORLANDO — Reverend Joseph D. Creedon has been named the 2023 recipient of the Christian Stewardship Award by the board of directors of the International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC). The … more
As I meet with the priests and religious of the Diocese of Providence, I like to ask individuals to share the story of their call to the priesthood or the religious life. The responses are as varied … more
PROVIDENCE — The October morning sky is still dark, aside from a few brilliant stars and the street lamp light illuminating the Cathedral Square bricks. It’s early and the Providence city … more
PROVIDENCE — Eight years ago, Father Ryan Simas embarked upon his new life in the priesthood of Jesus Christ. Today, the pastor of St. Joseph in Woonsocket and chaplain at St. Raphael Academy … more
By Jennifer Barton Rhode Island Catholic Correspondent PORTSMOUTH — Serving one’s country doesn’t always mean picking up an M16 and charging into combat. Sometimes it means building … more
PROVIDENCE — Words matter. Words have the power to comfort, to give others hope, even to change a life – or, if poorly spoken, to fall on deaf ears or leave deep, gaping wounds. A … more
PROVIDENCE — One of the best-known teachings of our Lord is His words in Matthew 19:21, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell all that you have, and give it to the poor, and you will have … more
Several years ago, my son and I attended Sunday Mass at a parish close to home, though it wasn’t our home parish. My wife, recovering from serious surgery a few days earlier, stayed home and … more
JOHNSTON — Originally from Kerala, India, Sister Daisy Kollamparampil has served here in the Diocese of Providence as a second-grade teacher at St. Rocco School in Johnston for the past 10 … more
On the fiftieth anniversary of his priestly ordination, Pope Saint John Paul II described every vocation as a “gift and mystery.” As Catholics in this nation observe “National … more
Praying for the dead is one of the fundamental practices of Christianity. While there are some indications of prayer benefiting the dead in the Jewish Scriptures, the full experience of death, … more
Carion Wind Quintet: A RI Chamber Music Concert PROVIDENCE — Carion Wind Quintet: A RI Chamber Music Concert will take place on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m., in McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave … more
PROVIDENCE — What could draw thousands of people to a remote town of about 1,500 in northwestern Missouri in the middle of the summer? For numerous Catholics this year, it was to view the body … more
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