PAWTUCKET / MATUNUCK — Eight men were ordained to the diocesan priesthood in Providence, Rhode Island, on May 19, 1951. It was a Saturday morning. The ordination Mass began at 8 a.m., with relatively little fanfare or ceremony, as Monsignor Nicholas Iocavacci recalled. “It was a great family celebration afterward,” he said.
I’m a lifelong baseball fan. As a kid growing up in Pittsburgh I followed the Pirates and cheered for players like Bill Mazeroski, Bob Friend, Elroy Face, and the incomparable Roberto Clemente. My devotion to baseball provided a lot of happy, exciting summer days and nights.
Throughout the month of June, the Diocese of Providence honors the extraordinary efforts of essential workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We are immensely grateful for their lifesaving and lifegiving work. To give thanks to God for all essential workers, the Most Rev. Robert C. Evans, Auxiliary Bishop of Providence, will celebrate a public and livestreamed Holy Mass on Sunday, June 13 at 10 a.m. at St. Ann Church in Providence, R.I.