Bishop celebrates Rite of Candidacy for two Rhode Island seminarians


In his final public Mass as the eighth Bishop of Providence, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin officiated the Rite of Candidacy at St. John Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, for Diocese of Providence Seminarians Vincent “Jay” Zizza, above at left, and Michael Santos, center, and embracing his father, Ron Santos, at right, after the Mass. Top left, Bishop Tobin gathers for a photo with, from left, Father Christopher Murphy, director of pre-Ordination formation and rector of the Seminary of Our Lady of Providence, Seminarians Michael Santos and Jay Zizza, and Father Ryan Connors, a priest of the Diocese of Providence who serves as Dean of Men and professor of moral theology at St. John’s Seminary. At right, Bishop Tobin celebrates the Mass in the seminary’s Chapel of St. John the Evangelist. To view or purchase photos, visit