3 Catholic Parishes In Warwick Will Merge As Priest Retires

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Three Catholic parishes in Warwick will merge as the priest that has led two of the parishes retires.

St. Catherine and St. Francis of Assisi parishes will join Saints Rose and Clement Parish, the Diocese of Providence announced Monday, citing a decline in attendance of parishioners and the lack of available priests for parish assignments.

Bishop Thomas Tobin approved the merger after “thorough consultations with the affected parishes and with the diocesan College of Consultors and the Council of Priests,” the diocese said.

Starting July 1, worshippers will join one parish and the Saints Rose and Clement church building will be used as the main site for the parish.

“We extend a very warm welcome to all who wish to join us," Father Andrew Messina, pastor of Saints Rose and Clement Parish, said.

Father Pierre Plante, pastor of St. Catherine and St. Francis of Assisi parishes, will retire June 30.