In this, Providence College’s centennial year, I would like to note that the idea to establish a Catholic college in Rhode Island belonged to The Right Rev. Thomas Hendricken, D.D., first bishop of Providence. He invited the Society of Jesus to come to Providence during the 1870s with this in mind.
However, the Jesuits withdrew from the diocese in 1899 without starting a college. As reported in the Providence Visitor, “The two Jesuit colleges at Boston (Boston College) and Worcester (C
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