Providence, R.I., Oct 15, 2009 / 18:05 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Msgr. Robert C. Evans today was named auxiliary bishop in his home diocese of Providence, R.I. At a press conference today, the bishop-elect spoke of his gratefulness for the new appointment and assured the faithful in the diocese of his prayers.
“On the day of my ordination to priesthood I made a solemn promise to obey and respect my bishop,” he remarked. “This pertains to me even more so as an Auxiliary Bishop, since unity in mind and heart must reflect the particular bond of communion between and among those who share in the fullness of the priesthood in the College of Bishops. I pledge to him and to my brothers in the presbyterate of the Diocese of Providence my most precious gift: a priestly heart.”
Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, the sole bishop of the diocese since he was assigned there in 2005, also spoke at the press conference saying that he, as well as the diocese, “rejoices” at the announcement of the new appointment, noting the strong leadership abilities of the bishop-elect.
“Bishop-elect Evans is highly qualified to assume the Office of Bishop and this new position of leadership in our Church,” Bishop Tobin said in his statement. “He possesses remarkable gifts and talents, and has demonstrated time and time again his commitment as a faithful Priest of Jesus Christ.”
According to the Rhode Island Catholic, though he was born in the state of Georgia, Bishop-elect Evans, 62, attended schools in Providence until he was sent to study in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1969. There, he completed his seminary studies and was ordained a priest in 1973 for the Diocese of Providence.