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Diocese of Rhode Island
Diocesan House & Resource Center
275 North Main Street
Providence, RI 02903-1298
Tel: 401.274.9430; RI 1.800.287.4507
[email protected]
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Bishop: Rt. Reverend Geralyn Wolf

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Closed on Fridays in July and August, as well as the week between Christmas Day and the Feast of the Holy Name.

Rt. Rev. Geralyn Wolf
Rt. Rev. Geralyn Wolf
"The love of Christ bids us to refresh our faith, increase our hope, and extend our charity. Our challenge is to live into our diocesan vision statement: 'Live in Christ Jesus: Transform the World.' Let us begin at home."  1999

Address to the 208th Diocesan Convention
October 24, 1998
Address to the 209th Diocesan Convention
October 23, 1999
Address to the 210th Diocesan Convention
October 21, 2000
Address to the 211th Diocesan Convention
October 2001
Address to the 212th Diocesan Convention
October 26, 2002

Deanery Representatives
Susan Carpenter
Phyllis Schumacher

Diocesan Convention Delegates
Chas Gross
Susan Henthorne
Shirley Hutchings
Megan Picozzi

From I95 North: take "Rt. 146/State Offices" exit. At end of ramp go straight through light. Second light is Smith St/Rte. 44 - take left. Go down hill - Smith Street dead ends at Diocesan House/North Main Street. Turn left, then right into parking lot.
From I95 South: take Exit 23, "Rt. 146/Charles St." At end of ramp you must turn right. Get left at once, and take first left back around under highway towards Marriott. Third light is Smith Street: turn left. Diocesan House is straight ahead - turn left on Main St. then right into parking lot.
From I195 East: take exit 1 "Downtown Providence." Second light is College Street - turn right and cross river to Main Street. Turn left on Main - Diocesan House/St. John's Cathedral is ahead on right at third light.
From I195 West: take Exit 2/South Main St. Proceed straight past courthouse, through three lights. St. John's Cathedral/Diocesan House is on right.
Parking: There are two parking lots - one on Main Street, just past the Annex/Resource Center, and another up the hill off Star Street on right.

Our Part In The Diocese
Seal of the Diocese of Rhode Island
Trinity Episcopal Church has maintained close ties with the Diocese over the years. A number of our parishioners have served on the Diocesan Council. One of our members was a member of the Standing Committee, and others have been Deans of the Western Deanery, served on the Board of Directors of St. Elizabeth's Home, and other important committees of the Diocese.

The Diocesan-sponsored Hunger March in the spring always brings out the hearty who walk from Trinity to the Cathedral in Providence to benefit the hungry and to join in fellowship and prayer after the walk. During the summer, a few of our adults and teens contribute their talents as staff members and counselors at the Episcopal Conference Center in Pascoag, where some of our youngsters also enjoy a week as campers (see Campership Fund).

The diocese is comprised of six Deaneries. Trinity Episcopal Church belongs to the Central Deanery.

Aquidneck Deanery
The Aquidneck Deanery consists of ten congregations, eight of which are actually located on Aquidneck Island in Narragansett Bay. Included are congregations in Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth to the north as well in Tiverton "off island". Deanery clergy provide Holy Eucharist on a monthly basis in all of the area nursing homes, and share a chaplaincy at Newport Hospital.

The Deans are The Rev. Greg Cole and Ms. Kit Tobin.

Little Compton - St. Andrew's-by-the-Sea
Middletown - Holy Cross
Middletown - St. Columba's Chapel
Newport - St. George's
Newport - St. John's
Newport - Trinity
Portsmouth - St. Mary's
Portsmouth - St. Paul's
Tiverton - Holy Trinity

Blackstone Deanery
Twelve parishes located in Pawtucket, Providence, Central Falls, Lincoln, Ashton, Cumberland, Pascoag, and Woonsocket are a mixture of urban, suburban and rural congregations in an area that has seen dramatic social and economic change in the last twenty years. St. George's, Central Falls, is a bilingual congregation and center for Hispanic ministry. Congregations in the southern part of the deanery, facing the impact of high unemployment, increased crime, and a changing population have been challenged to develop new patterns of ministry.

One result has been a fresh sense of mutual support and responsibility, as the deanery parishes share in a soup kitchen, food bank, clergy support system, united worship services, and adult education. The Deanery also shares a staff person who serves as a coordinator for Christian education and formation for young people, Ms. Janice Baldwin.

The Deans are The Rev. Roger Robillard and Mr. Paul Sheldon.

Ashton - St. John's
Central Falls - St. George's
Cumberland - Emmanuel
Lincoln - Christ Church
Pascoag - Calvary Church
Pawtucket - Church of the Advent
Pawtucket - Good Shepherd
Pawtucket - St. Luke's
Pawtucket - St. Martin's
Pawtucket - St. Paul's
Providence - Church of the Redeemer
Woonsocket - St. James'

Central Deanery
Twelve parishes and the Chaplaincy at Brown University share a north central location in the state. These parishes currently are working to harness the excitement of the new relationships. The deanery has a great deal of diversity comprising rich and poor, old families and new immigrants, suburbanites and city folk. Many of the parishes are both blessed and burdened by large expensive-to-maintain buildings. Others are experiencing energy and growth under new ministers. Parishes with small or no endowments are uncertain about their futures. All of these parishes in the Deanery worship God and serve their neighbors with enthusiasm and hope, including those in the poorest sections of Providence.

Plans are now being made to begin the Deanery Jubilee Project of an after-school program for middle school students in cooperation with the In the Square After-School Arts Program at the Church of the Messiah in Olneyville.

The Deans are The Rev. Al Barnaby and Ms. Jane Jellison.

Centerdale - St. Alban's
Greenville - St. Thomas'
North Providence - St. James
North Scituate - Trinity
Providence - All Saints' Memorial Church
Providence - Cathedral of St. John
Providence - Church of the Epiphany
Providence - Grace Church
Providence - Church of the Messiah
Providence - St. Martin's
Providence - St. Peter & St. Andrew's

East Bay Deanery
Comprising seven churches in four cities on the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay (East Providence, Barrington, Warren, and Bristol) plus one church on the East Side of Providence, these congregations range from small corporate to family size, in an area that varies from suburban to inner-city. Deanery clergy meet monthly for a brown-bag lunch and interpersonal support. In 1993, the deanery initiated the "East Bay Caring and Sharing Network," composed of laity and professionals from helping agencies who work to improve information and referral services in the East Bay Communities.

Ms. Jacqui Thomas is the Lay Dean.

Barrington - St. John's
Barrington - St. Matthew's
Bristol - St. Michael's
East Providence - St. Mary's
Providence - St. Stephen's
Riverside - St. Mark's
Rumford - St. Michael & Grace
Warren - St. Mark's

Narragansett Deanery
The Narragansett Deanery is composed of twelve congregations from Westerly on the Connecticut border to East Greenwich in the North, including St. Ann's-by-the-Sea on Block Island. St. Augustine's Chapel in Kingston serves the University of Rhode Island while other parishes are located in towns and villages along the western and southern shores of the Bay. The mission of the Deanery is to establish a network Linking our Community of Faith through involvement, communication, care and concern, fellowship, information, as well as sharing celebrations and milestones. The deanery supports outreach ministries within its borders: The Warm Shelter in Westerly, The Soup Kitchen sponsored by St. Augustine's Chapel and the Church of the Ascension in Wakefield, Galilee Mission in Narragansett and Welcome House in Peace Dale.

The Deans are The Rev. Nancy Willis and Ms. Joanne Schuyler.

Alton - St. Thomas'
Block Island - St. Ann's-by-the-Sea
Charlestown - Church of the Holy Spirit
East Greenwich - St. Luke's
Hopkinton - St. Elizabeth's
Jamestown - St. Matthew's
Kingston - St. Augustine's
Narragansett - St. Peter's
Newport - Emmanuel
North Kingstown/Wickford - St. Paul's
Saunderstown - Chapel of St. John the Divine
Wakefield - Church of the Ascension
Westerly - Christ Church

West Bay Deanery
Located at the heart and geographic center of the state, this deanery is composed of parishes in the cities of Warwick and Cranston (Rhode Island's second and third second largest cities) and the three parishes in Coventry (one of the largest towns geographically in the state). The deanery is south of Providence on the western shore of Narragansett Bay. Its character varies from nearly urban at the northern border with Providence, to suburban at the tip of Warwick Neck, to rural in western Coventry. Geographically it ranges from coastal to agrarian. Its twelve parishes vary dramatically in size.

The Deans are The Rev. P. Wayne Runner and Ms. Carol Drought.

Coventry - Christ Church
Coventry - Church of St. Andrew and St. Phillip
Coventry - St. Matthias'
Cranston - Church of the Ascension
Cranston - St. David's-on-the-Hill
Cranston - Church of the Transfiguration
Cranston - Trinity Church
Warwick - All Saints'
Warwick - Resurrection
Warwick - St. Barnabas'
Warwick - St. Mark's
Warwick - St. Mary's


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