WASHINGTON (November 30, 1998)--Pope John Paul II has named the Reverend Monsignor Robert J. McManus Titular Bishop of Allegheny and Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Providence.
Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan, Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the United States, announced the appointment.
Bishop-elect McManus is currently the diocese's Vicar for Education and Rector of Our Lady of Providence Seminary.
Robert J. McManus was born in Providence on July 5, 1951, the son of Edward W. and Helen McManus. He is a graduate of Blessed Sacrament School, Providence, and of Our Lady of Providence Seminary High School.
He studied for the priesthood at Our Lady of Providence Seminary, The Catholic University of America, and the Toronto School of Theology. He was ordained a priest of the Providence diocese on May 27, 1978.
Among his pastoral assignments have been as chaplain at the Community College of Rhode Island, director of the diocesan office of Ministerial Formation, vicar for education, and rector of Our Lady of Providence Seminary. He continues to serve in the latter three positions.
Bishop-elect McManus holds a master of divinity degree from the Toronto School of Theology and a licentiate and a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.
The Diocese of Providence comprises the State of Rhode Island. It has a Catholic population of approximately 633,000 out of a total population of a shade less than 1 million people.