PC Through the Years

Faculty, September 1919
Faculty, September 1919

In 1910, after years spent establishing numerous parishes and schools, Rt. Rev. Matthew Harkins, D.D., bishop of the Diocese of Providence, felt the time was right to pursue his dream of establishing a Catholic college in the diocese. He was familiar with the seven-century teaching mission of the Order of Preachers, popularly known as the Dominicans, and invited the Fathers of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph to establish a new college in the city of Providence.

In 1911, the provincial reported to the master general of the Dominican Order in Rome that the Provincial Council had accepted the bishop’s offer but asked that the founding be postponed until the province could provide an adequate staff of professors. In 1911 and 1913, the bishop purchased property in northwest Providence on which to build the college. But the necessary ecclesiastical permissions from the master general and the pope were slow in coming.

Negotiations did not progress until the elections of Rev. Louis Theissling, O.P. as master general in 1916 and, especially, of Rev. James Raymond Meagher, O.P. as provincial in 1913. Both shared the bishop’s commitment to Catholic education. In 1915, Father Meagher and Bishop Harkins began the pursuit of formal permission from Rome in earnest. Even before all the founding documents were received in February 1917, the energetic Father Meagher made several moves to start making the bishop’s dream a reality — the first of which was to call upon Rev. Dennis Albert Casey, O. P., who would go on to become the College’s first president.

Presidents of the College

Centennial Year in Review

Providence College: a story of love, compassion, humor, and history

Come into the Garden, Maud?

Rev. Edward P. Doyle, O.P. ’34, Dominican liberator

Centennial Exhibit installed in Harkins Hall rotunda

Dribbling to the Garden

Providence College celebrates Charter Day

LEGACY IN FRIARTOWN: Bryan Donovan ’20 and Drew Ford ’20 share their unique perspective on the 1986-87 Friars  

The Blizzard of 1978

The legacy of athletic trainer Mal Brown ’33

Remembering the Aquinas fire

Rev. James Martin, S.J. discusses the dual natures of Jesus

Vatican conference, Urbano’s resolve lead to Jewish-Catholic series 

College’s ROTC develops character, leaders dedicated to serving nation   

Cardinal Dolan praises John Paul II’s role in advancing Catholic-Jewish relations

New Student Family Weekend photo gallery

Harkins Hall Cake

The Veridames: ‘The Ladies of Truth at Providence College’ 

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin discusses the qualities of presidential leadership

SCE changing lives for 100 years and counting  

The Celebration of the Century, captured on social media

Friar 5K social media

The Harkins Hall cake

Master storyteller Mike Leonard ’70 creates a centennial film about Providence College

Academic Convocation Day on social media

Academic Convocation 2016 photos

‘The Promise of Providence’

Academic Convocation Day highlights

Father Shanley’s Centennial Opening Homily

Rev. Dennis Albert Casey, O.P. (1877-1940)

Rev. William Dominic Noon, O.P.

Rev. Lorenzo Cornelius McCarthy, O.P.

Rev. John Jordan Dillon, O.P. ’26

Rev. Frederick Clement Foley, O.P. ’29

Rev. Vincent Cyril Dore, O.P. ’23

Rev. Robert Joseph Slavin, O.P.

Rev. William Paul Haas, O.P. ’48

Very Rev. Thomas Reginald Peterson, O.P. ’51 & ’85Hon.

Rev. John Fabian Cunningham, O.P. ’50

Rev. Philip A. Smith, O.P. ’63

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Maureen Corcoran ’79 and her family story

Providence College: From the Beginning

A Brief History of Providence College

The Founding of Providence College

The Roots of the Dominican Teaching Apostolates

The Establishment and Naming of Providence College

Brother Damian Marie finds his calling at Providence College

The Origin of Providence College

The presidency of Rev. William Paul Haas, O.P. ’48

War Memorial Grotto served as a core of the College 

Mark your calendar for centennial celebrations

Leonard to present film on PC story

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