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Parenting: The Complex and Beautiful Vocation of Raising Children (Pastoring for Life: Theological Wisdom for Ministering Well) 11/13/2023

In this podcast, Dr. Holly Taylor Coolman discusses her soon-to-be-released book on parenting:

Parenting: The Complex and Beautiful Vocation of Raising Children (Pastoring for Life: Theological Wisdom for Ministering Well) A gifted theologian offers a theologically and biblically rich commentary on the theme of raising children, describing child-rearing as a vocation to which parents are called that requires them to develop the skills of apprenticeship and invitation. Books on parenting abound, with many suggesting th...


The 2023-24 school year begins tomorrow!

Photos from Providence College Alumni's post 08/11/2023
Photos from Providence College's post 08/08/2023

Lots of PC alums!

The Dominican Order just got a little bigger! The following Providence College Alumni visited Nashville to witness the perpetual profession of vows by Sister Rachel Marie Boyd, O.P. '15, a member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia. "It was a joyful occasion and a reunion for many of us," said Rev. Damian Day, O.P. '15, assistant chaplain at Providence College.

Back row: Sister Paulina Forster, O.P. '13, Brother Roland Wakefield, O.P. '21, Brother Thomas Nee, O.P. '18.
Middle: Sister Cecilia Marie Evans, O.P. '11, Sister Rachel Marie, Rev. Zachary Sexton, O.P. '13
Front: Father Damian, Rev. John Sica, O.P. '10, Sister Laura Immaculata Clarke, O.P. '18


A funeral will be celebrated on campus later this week for the Most Rev. Ernest Bertrand Boland, O.P. ’52, ’84Hon., who died May 28. He was bishop emeritus of Multan, Pakistan, and the oldest and longest-serving bishop within the Order of Preachers. Bishop Boland, who grew up on Smith Hill in Providence, was a missionary in Pakistan for 34 years, beginning with his assignment in 1957. He served in the Army in World War II and joined the pre-ecclesiastical program at PC in 1946, a year after his honorable discharge with the rank of corporal. Read more:

Trusting in Providence 05/26/2023

One year after his ordination to the priesthood, Rev. Damian Day '15 has returned to Providence College. He will teach theology, serve as a part-time chaplain in Campus Ministry, and be chaplain to the lacrosse team and Knights of Columbus. Read the essay he wrote for Providence College Magazine about why he chose to become a Dominican priest:

Trusting in Providence Since its founding, Providence College has inspired young men to join the Dominican Order of Preachers. On May 15, 2022, Rev. Damian Marie Day, O.P. '15 and Rev. James Mary Ritch, O.P. '08 were among 10 new priests ordained by Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P. '65 at the Basilica of the National...


EDITED TO ADD: Mrs. Garvey's Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, May 22nd at 10am at St. Pius V Church.
The Theology Department notes with sorrow the passing of Mrs. Mary Garvey, at the age of 93. Mrs. Garvey served as Administrative Assistant for decades in the Theology Department. She touched the lives of countless faculty members and students with her kindness and good cheer. Mrs. Garvey passed peacefully in her childhood home, just a couple hundred yards from PC's campus.


Shout-outs to Dr. Michael Wahl and Dr. Paul Melley!


Peter Rogers, Head of Research and Education at Phillips Memorial Library has just published "Supporting the Undergraduate Study of Theology:
The Expertise Challenge"​ in the journal, Theological Librarianship. View it at

Photos from Rhode Island Catholic's post 04/30/2023

Congratulations to Jay Zizza, PC alum and theology major, and to Michael Santos, who earned a Masters in Higher Ed at PC!

Timeline photos 04/08/2023

"This is the night
of which it is written:
The night shall be as bright as day,
dazzling is the night for me,
and full of gladness."

— the Exsultet: the Proclamation of Easter

Photos from Providence College's post 03/07/2023

Theology Dept. Chair Fr. Isaac Morales on Spring Break!

PC presents MLK Vision Awards at prayer breakfast 02/21/2023

PC presents MLK Vision Awards at prayer breakfast An alumnus who has dedicated his life to ministry and education and a student committed to leadership on and off campus were recognized with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Vision Awards during a prayer breakfast at Providence College.

Welcoming the King of Glory on Candlemas 01/31/2023

A brief reflection on the upcoming celebration of Candlemas, from Prof. Daria Spezzano.

Welcoming the King of Glory on Candlemas Dr. Daria Spezzano writes that the Christmas light of the Word made flesh shines again in the darkness of winter on Feb. 2, when the Church celebrates the feast of the Presentation of Jesus. Since the 5th century, the Church has had the custom of blessing and lighting candles on this day, recalling....

Concelebrating the funeral Mass of Pope Benedict 01/06/2023

Former instructor in Providence College's Theology Department, Fr. Patrick Briscoe (now editor of Our Sunday Visitor) was one of thousands of priests to concelebrate the requiem Mass for Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter’s Square yesterday morning.

Concelebrating the funeral Mass of Pope Benedict Father Patrick Briscoe, editor of Our Sunday Visitor, was one of thousands of priests to concelebrate the requiem Mass for Pope Benedict XVI

The hidden meanings of Pope Benedict XVI’s ruby-red shoes 01/04/2023

Professor Arthur Urbano, quoted in the New York Times, for this recent piece on Pope Emeritus Benedict.

The hidden meanings of Pope Benedict XVI’s ruby-red shoes Pope Benedict XVI’s red shoes and other traditional wardrobe choices were in line with his vision of what it meant to lead the Catholic Church.


“I had a personal encounter with the Lord when my family and I traveled to Israel two years ago and were all baptized in the Jordan River. That experience will always be etched in my memory because I sensed the presence of God there which is a memory I will always cherish in my life.
Everything began to change at this point because I could see the path the Lord intended me to follow. Now, everything I do is done in his honor since, without him, I wouldn't be where I am today.
Luke 1:37, which states that "nothing will be impossible with God," is a biblical verse that I read daily and uses as motivation. This saying brings me joy and confidence in my life as it promises that no matter what, he will be at your side and do what is best for you.”

-Gevork Diarbian ‘24

A Friartown Christmas 12/12/2022

A Friartown Christmas O little town of Friartown, how thrilled we are to share A host of treats and holiday events for all no matter where.

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