The Diocesan Priesthood and the Diocese of Providence:
A Diocesan priest is called to serve God and His people. He fulfills the mission of the Church through liturgical and sacramental celebrations, teaching and preaching the Gospel, and upholding the faith of the Church. The Diocese of Providence comprises the entire state of Rhode Island. Diocesan priests serve the 144 parishes and numerous missions, hospitals, schools and social agencies. The Most Reverend Thomas J. Tobin, D.D. is Bishop of Providence and oversees the Diocese. Bishop Tobin is aided in his ministry in the Diocese by the Most Reverend Robert C. Evans, D.D., J.C.L., who is the Auxiliary Bishop of Providence.
Approximately 300 priests, as well as religious men and women meet the spiritual needs of the people with regard to worship, education and community life. A priest takes on the roles of shepherd, administrator, counselor, teacher and collaborator. The most vital role of the priesthood is spiritual and sacramental leadership. In his ministry, a priest promotes the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of the people.
Click on the links below to learn more about the priesthood:
- What is a priest?
- Sacrament of Holy Orders
- What does a priest do all day?
- How do I know if I am called?