Bishop's Welcome


Welcome from Most Reverend Thomas J. Tobin, D.D.

Bishop of Providence


Dear Friends,


I am pleased to welcome you to the website of the Office of Vocations of the Diocese of Providence. Here you will find an excellent source of information regarding the development of priestly vocations in the Diocese of Providence.


The work of promoting vocations to the priesthood is one of the primary pastoral activities of the Church, and it is a mission that belongs to all members of the Church! Blessed Pope John Paul II reminded us of that when he wrote:


There is an urgent need, especially nowadays, for a more widespread and deeply felt conviction that all members of the Church, without exception, have the grace and responsibility to look after vocations. (Pastores Dabo Vobis, #41)


The Catholic Church needs good, happy, holy and healthy priests now as much as ever. If you are a young man considering a possible vocation to the priesthood, I invite you to contact the Office of Vocations to pursue your interest and for more information. And most importantly, I urge you to stay close to our Lord Jesus—in personal prayer, in the reception of the sacraments, in charitable service to others, and by your active participation in your parish or school community.


Is God calling you to the priesthood? At this point, only God can answer that question. But, simply say to the Lord, as Samuel did in the Old Testament: “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” (1 Sam 3:10)


Bishop Thomas Tobin
Bishop of Providence