Former Bishops

Since it was established by Pope Pius IX in 1872, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence has been served by a total of eight Bishops and six Auxiliary Bishops. For additional information relative to the Bishops’ ministry, please click on their individual names below.

Consecrated first Bishop of Providence, April 28, 1872
Died June 11, 1886
Consecrated second Bishop of Providence, April 14, 1887
Died May 25, 1921
Consecrated Titular Bishop of Halicarnassus and Auxiliary to Rt. Rev. Matthew Harkins, D.D., April 28, 1915
Died Jan. 3, 1916
Consecrated Titular Bishop of Adrianopolis and Auxiliary to Rt. Rev. Matthew Harkins,
D.D., Oct. 23, 1917
Died Aug. 13, 1918
Consecrated Titular Bishop of Claudipolis and appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Providence, cum jure successionis, March 10, 1919
Succeeded to the See of Providence, May 25, 1921
Died Oct. 4, 1933
Consecrated fourth Bishop of Providence, May 22, 1934; Appointed Archbishop of Baltimore, Dec. 3, 1947
Died Dec. 8, 1961
Consecrated fifth Bishop of Providence, July 14, 1948
Appointed Assistant at Papal Throne, Aug. 19, 1957
Died Aug. 10, 1971
Consecrated Titular Bishop of Andropolis and Auxiliary to Most Rev. Russell J. McVinney, D.D., May 11, 1960
Died Sept. 10, 1962
Most Rev. Bernard M. Kelley, D.D., J.C.D.
Consecrated Titular Bishop of Tegea and Auxiliary to Most Rev. Russell J. McVinney, D.D., Jan. 30, 1964
Resigned June 12, 1971
Titular Bishop of Settimunicia and Auxiliary to Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, consecrated Oct. 7, 1974
Appointed Bishop of Burlington, Oct. 6, 1992.
Consecrated sixth Bishop of Providence, Jan. 26, 1972
Retired June 11, 1997
Titular Bishop of Allegheny and Auxiliary to Most Rev. Robert E. Mulvee, consecrated Feb. 22, 1999
Appointed Bishop of Worcester, March 9, 2004
Consecrated seventh Bishop of Providence, June 11, 1997
Retired March 31, 2005

Bishops native to Rhode Island residing in the Diocese of Providence

Archbishop Emeritus of Suva
Died August 30, 2015
Bishop Emeritus of Multan
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus for the Military Services