Meet the Clergy

Father Henry J. Bodah, Pastor

bodah2 websiteFather Henry Bodah was raised in Portsmouth, RI and attended St. Anthony’s parish school.  He entered Our Lady of Providence Preparatory Seminary and after graduating from the College Seminary of Our Lady of Providence, was sent by Bishop Gelineau to the American College in Leuven, Belgium, to study at the Catholic University of Louvain (KUL),  from which he received his Bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology and his Master’s in Religious Studies.

In 1978 he was ordained to the priesthood and assigned for two years to St. Mary’s in West Warwick and then for six years to St. Paul’s in Edgewood.  After teaching for a year at St. Mary Academy-Bay View, he was assigned for the next six years to St. Luke’s in Barrington.

In 1993, he was appointed as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi parish in the Hillsgrove section of Warwick, and after four years in that assignment was asked by Bishop Gelineau to become chaplain of the Catholic community at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, a position he held for the next 17 years until being assigned to St. Francis, Wakefield in the Spring of 2014.

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Fr. Nathan Ricci, Assistant Pastor

Fr. Nathan Ricci grew up in Warwick, RI and attended Greenwood Elementary School, Winman Jr. High, and Bishop Hendricken High School.  He attended Our Lady of Providence Seminary and graduated from Providence College in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy.  He was a Smith Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, during the summer of 2011.  Fr. Ricci was assigned to theological studies in Rome at the Pontifical North American College, where he completed his S.T.B. in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.  In October of 2015, he was ordained a transitional deacon in St. Peter’s Basilica by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York.  Bishop Thomas Tobin ordained Fr. Ricci to the priesthood on the 25th of June 2016 at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in Providence.  After serving as a summer assistant chaplain at Rhode Island Hospital in 2016, Fr. Ricci returned to Rome, where he is currently pursuing a licentiate in Canon Law (J.C.L.) at the Pontifical Gregorian University.  Fr. Ricci enjoys spending time with his family, running, tennis, and reading in his spare time, and is an avid fan of Italian cuisine (although he’s slowly learning to cook).  

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