Office of Priestly Vocations

The Diocese of Providence comprises the entire state of Rhode Island. Diocesan priests serve the 142 parishes and numerous missions, hospitals, schools and social agencies.  Approximately 360 priests, as well as religious men and women under the direction of Bishop Thomas J. Tobin 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.  A Diocesan priest is called to serve the people of God.  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 Seminary of Our Lady of Providence is a college seminary of priestly formation. The seminary serves candidates from the Diocese of Providence and other qualified candidates who are sponsored by other dioceses.  The College and Pre-Theology Formation Program of the Seminary of Our Lady of Providence is a spiritual, academic and pastoral formation process designed to prepare college students and college graduates for admission to a major seminary in preparation for priestly ministry.

Are you being called to the priesthood?

Please contact the Office of Vocations for more information about discerning a call to the priesthood or visit our website at

Prayer to know vocation

My Lord and my God, you are Love itself, the source of all love and goodness. Out of love you created me to know you, to love you, and to serve you in a unique way, as no one else can. I believe that you have a plan for my life, that you have a mission in your Kingdom reserved for me alone. Your plan and your mission are far better than any other I might choose: they will glorify you, fulfill the desires of my heart, and bring salvation to those souls who are depending on my generous response. Lord grant me the light of grace I need to see the next step in Your plan; grant me the generosity necessary to follow your call; and grant me the courage required to take up my cross and to follow you. Show me your will, O gentle and eternal God, and help me to say with Mary, “I am the servant of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word.” Let me say with Jesus, “Let not my will be done, but yours.” Amen.

From Pope Benedict XVI
“If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation. And so, today, with great strength and great conviction, on the basis of long personal experience of life, I say to you, dear young people: Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ – and you will find true life. Amen.”

Qualities Desired in a Candidate For Priesthood 

He is:

  1. One who considers a personal relationship with God as an important part of life.
  2. One who has an ability and willingness to talk about his faith life.
  3. One who has a desire to serve others and make a difference in people’s lives.
  4. One who is willing to sacrifice personal or material gain for the service of the Gospel and the Church.
  5. One who is recognized as being approachable.
  6. One who enjoys life, people, and has a sense of humor.
  7. One who has the ability to lead and work with people of all ages.
  8. One who recognizes the importance of the Church.
  9. One who forms and maintains healthy relationships with both men and women.
  10. One who feels good about himself, has average to above average intelligence, and has good physical, mental and emotional health.

If you know a man with these qualities, he may be called to the priesthood…and you may be the one to help him see it! Encourage vocations. Don’t be afraid to invite him to think about it.

Vocations Office Contact Information

Fr. Carl B. Fisette, Vocations Director

485 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: (401) 331-1316