Rome Newsroom, Nov 23, 2022 / 06:34 am
Pope Francis appointed Bishop Richard Henning as a coadjutor bishop of Providence on Wednesday.
As coadjutor, Henning will assist Bishop Thomas J. Tobin in the administration of the Rhode Island diocese and should succeed him as bishop upon his retirement, expected once Tobin turns 75 next April.
The Diocese of Providence is home to more than 603,000 Catholics. In the Vatican’s announcement on Nov. 23, Pope Francis also accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert C. Evans, 75, who served as an auxiliary bishop of Providence for the past 13 years.
Henning, an auxiliary bishop of Rockville Centre since 2018, reacted to his appointment with gratitude.